By Ranee Berg
Contributing Writer 

Home to Three Forks: Jim & Diane Phillips


Jim Phillips' parents were planning on settling in Washington state in 1928 but on their way from Minnesota they ran out of money in Three Forks.

"The people in town were so good to them that they stayed," says Diane, who met Jim in Boise. 

When Jim and Diane married in 1968, Diane knew she was "here to stay".  

"I fell in love with Three Forks immediately because of its very small size and the warmth of the community.  I love all of its recreational opportunities, such as walking/biking trails, the golf course, exercise/Zumba classes, and the nearby mountains."

Diane is a business college graduate and worked for First Security Bank in Bozeman as a keypunch operator then the Three Forks Creamery and Trident Cement Plant in their offices, retiring from the Trident plant after 24 years of service. Jim worked on the Milwaukee Railroad Section Crew then worked 39 years at the talc plant spending most of his years in the lab.

"We were very fortunate to find good jobs throughout our married life in Three Forks."

Other things the Phillips family love is being a familiar face at the Three Forks businesses.

"I love the school and all the activities associated with it.  There have been 4 generations of our family graduate from Three Forks High School."

Their daughter, Lisa, now works at the school as a teacher.

 Jim & Diane have been active in the community volunteering for countless activities and were recently given recognition from the Three Forks Chamber of Commerce for their service heading the Three Forks Farmers' Market the past several years. 

You may see them there this summer, selling some of their garden produce. Ask them about Jim's (also known as "antler man") amazing collection of sheds!


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