Eagle Mount Great Falls
Founded by William S. Macfadden (a.k.a. Ol’Bill), Eagle Mount Great Falls is a non-profit organization that has been serving Great Falls, MT and surrounding communities since November of 1990. We offer exciting programs that allow infants, youth, adults, veterans, and seniors with challenges (who we call our “participants”) to explore recreation and take on new adventures based on their abilities, not their disabilities. Parents can watch their children grow socially, emotionally, and physically and are given an opportunity to develop a personal support network with each other.
Businesses and individuals provide their support through the use of their facilities, equipment and donations. Eagle Mount Great Falls does not receive government funding and is truly blessed by local support!
Bill Macfadden (December 15, 1928 – October 20, 2017) was born and educated in Minneapolis. He graduated from Dartmouth College. Bill migrated to Montana in March of 1955, by birth he is not a native but he got here as fast as he could. “When I was in high school, I worked for a lumber company in Idaho in the summer,” said Bill. “Then the next summer, I worked in a logging camp in Montana not far from Forest Green. So from then on, I figured that whatever I do in life, I am doing it in Montana and I have never looked back.”
Bill was a man of many talents and skills. His wonderful smile and the twinkle in his eyes let you know there was a mischievous side to him. He had a great sense of humor and quick wit always ready to tell a great story or funny joke. It seems that most everyone in town knew Ol’ Bill.
Bill served in the United States Marine Corp where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight, in action against enemy forces in Korea.
Bill began his career with D.A. Davidson in March of 1960 and retired on November 1, 1990. Bill was a man of many firsts. In 1981, he became the first president of Financial Aims. He was the first manager of D. A. Davidson’s Syndicate Department; he designed and initiated the training program for D. A. Davidson Investment Executives. He was the first (almost native) Montanan on the Chicago Board Options Exchange and a member of the Midwest Stock Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade. He was appointed in 1990 to serve on the Montana State Board of Investments.
Bill balanced a demanding professional career with family, church and community involvement including serving on several boards. On the day Bill retired from D.A. Davidson in 1990 he started Eagle Mount Great Falls.
Bill definitely enjoyed life to the fullest. When he first came to Great Falls he played hockey for the Great Falls Americans. He had many other enjoyments such as; fishing, hunting, skiing, rafting, and playing cards. Bill and his wife, Joan-Nell, have three daughters and seven grandchildren. Together they have made a tremendous impact on people’s lives in our community and beyond.
Bill was and always will be the driving force in making Eagle Mount Great Falls what it is today. He was a true believer in team work and always said “there is no I in team”. Bill has created a legacy within Eagle Mount Great Falls that promotes teamwork, acceptance, adventure, new abilities and friendship. We are very proud and we welcome you to become part of this extraordinary team that will take Bill’s legacy into the future.
Our Executive Director
Deb came to Eagle Mount in May of 2000. Deb oversees all it’s functions. She has an extensive background in television advertising, marketing, public relations and public speaking. Deb has served on the board of directors of the Great Falls Advertising Federation since 1998 and was named the 2001/02 President of this organization. She has also been active with the Chamber of Commerce and served on the Agriculture committee. Her exemplary community service also includes serving as the President of the Miss Rodeo Montana advisory board from 1998-2001. Through Deb’s many contacts, public speaking engagements to area businesses and organizations within the Great Falls area, she is working on establishing partnerships with Eagle Mount and local businesses as well as creating a better community awareness of what Eagle Mount programs provide for people with disabilities.