Zachary Forrest Golden, 37 of Joliet, was taken from this world on Tuesday, July 14th 2020. As he had done a million times, Zac took his bike out to search for a bull that had gone astray on Cole Creek Angus Ranch, the Golden Family Ranch. Tragically, Zac never made it home.  Zac was born in Billings on July 14, 1982 to Greg and Claudia Golden.  He grew up on the Ranch near Joliet and was lucky to be living the Montana dream.  He married his high school sweetheart Holly (Winkler) Golden and after 21 years, they were still the best of friends. Holly, “rebel and riot” and Zac “balance and strength”… together the perfect couple.

Zac was a girl dad; the father to four of the most BEAUTIFUL little girls. He let them put makeup and nail polish on him, and they watched princess movies, but he also taught them about fishing, hiking, riding and life on the ranch. Kenz, Mac, Cha Cha, and Charley- his “Golden Girls,” who need and miss their Daddy so much. Zac is the kind of father we should all want to be.

Not having any boys of his own, Zac was an amazing Uncle to Ty and Jake Cook, Brixx Winkler, and Zane and Grady Hansen. As it happened Zac’s sisters, Stacie (Golden) Hansen and Natalie (Golden) Cook, were the ones to have the boys. Zac welcomed their husbands and families into the Golden family as well, in true Zac fashion. He also shared his life with Holly’s family including her sister Brandi, nephew Brixx, and Holly’s parents, Matt and Jackie. Zac was always the grounded person in the family, sincere and genuine in everything and with everyone.

He was a coach, important member of the community, and had just been sworn onto the Joliet School Board.  Zac was one of the most kind, caring and thoughtful people. He worked hard for the life he always wanted. Living on the Ranch where he was raised, with the love of his life and sweet family, owning his own concrete business and had recently built the house of his dreams, all while doing what he loved with his Dad, Greg. The closeness he shared with his Mom, Claudia helped build the foundation which made all of this possible.  Those who knew Zac, even just a little, have lost a shining light in their lives. This is a tragedy beyond words…

Cremation has taken place.  A Memorial Celebration of Zac’s life will be held at 9:00 a.m., Friday, July 24, outside at the Joliet High School Football Field.  You are advised to practice social distancing and masks will be requested.   In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Zac’s Cole Creek Angus Ranch Memorial Fund. (https://www.gofundme.com/f/zac-golden-cole-creek-angus-ranch-fund)   We are asking for donations to help ease the financial burden for the Golden family. Zac was the sole provider for Holly and the girls. As Zac’s family adjusts to life without a husband, father, son, brother, uncle, friend, please consider helping in any way you can. We appreciate everyone’s love, support, thoughts and prayers at this time.

Cards can also be mailed directly to Holly Golden and Family at P.O. Box 270, Joliet, MT 59041 or Cole Creek Angus Ranch c/o Greg and Claudia Golden at P.O. Box 94, Joliet, MT 59041.

Heights Family Funeral Home in Billings is assisting with arrangements.