Lloyd Donald Creek Sr., 81, who started a cleaning and maintenance business that employed 450 people, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at St. Vincent Healthcare.
He was born July 24, 1931, to Earl and Agnes Creek and grew up in Pryor. He married Shirley Woodhead in 1950; they had four sons before their marriage ended in 1977.
He served in the Army during the Korean War. He flew P-51s and later owned an airplane for his business. He was a past master of the Masonic Lodge and was a member of the Shrine, Scottish Rite, Elks Lodge, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He and his father started a cleaning and maintenance business in 1955 at Security Bank. In 1963 he lobbied to get the maintenance contract for the State Capitol in Helena. The business expanded to 13 cities in five states and employed 450 people.
He sold the business in the ’70s but reopened a business in 1981. His son, Lloyd Jr., owns and operates that business.
Mr. Creek also owned night clubs: Tracy’s and Mr. Lucky’s in Helena and the Cocomo Club in Forsyth. He booked a lot of country stars in his clubs and was a friend of May and Hoyt Axton and many Nashville stars.
He had a boat in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and remained a pilot.
Survivors include his wife, Irene; sons, Don, Greg and Lloyd Jr.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation and viewing were Sunday, Nov. 18, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Services were Nov. 19, with interment in Sunset Memorial Gardens. A celebration of his life was held at the American Legion Club following services.
Memorials may be made in his name to the Shrine Hospital.