Flathead man drowns in Missouri River


KALISPELL, Mont. - A man from Whitefish drowned in the Missouri River on Friday. According to authorities, the body of Cleve Malmstrom was found by two fisherman south of Cascade.

His two dogs were with him, one was rescued while the other, a chocolate lab named Deuce, got away. Anyone who sees the dog should call the Cascade County Sheriff's Office.

Friends tell us that Malmstrom had a big heart and was a lover of the outdoors. He could always be found fishing or golfing -- enjoying life to the fullest.

"Just a good-hearted guy, (he would) teach a guy anything you wanted to know and was just intense about life," said close friend Jeff Erickson. "His whole life was just go, go, go and he lived his life how he liked to live his life. He was just a real good, real good man."

Malmstrom was wearing waders, but no life jacket. Local fishermen say that is not uncommon on these rivers.

"Most part, down on Missouri, you see a lot of people in boats not wearing PFDs and that's actually probably the standard," said Mark Radway of the Lakestream Fly Shop in Whitefish. "I've seen it on the Flathead when it comes into shape, people don't wear PFDs on the river."

Erickson made t-shirts for his wife and himself to remember his friend. They feature the Pittsburgh Steelers logo and Cleve's name on the back.

"Go Steelers man, I hope they win the Super Bowl for you my friend," said Erickson.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday in Helena at the Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home.