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Pablo, Dixon communities mourn loss of well loved teacher

By Faith Smith, KECI Reporter, fcronin@keci.com
Published On: Dec 10 2012 10:21:22 PM MST
PABLO, Mont. -

A Missoula man is in jail for barging into a Dixon home and stabbing the homeowner to death.  His wife was stabbed too, in their home along Montana Highway 212.  

Nathan Lee William Calvert is accused of stabbing 61-year-old Doug Morigeau to death last Thursday.  Calvert is currently being held in the Sanders County Jail in Thompson Falls on a bond of $1 million.    

Now the communities of Dixon and Pablo are hurting over the loss of the local school teacher.

“Doug was just always kind of a kidder and people just appreciated him so much,” said Dr. Michael Bundy, principal of Two Eagle River School in Pablo.

Morigeau was a teacher’s aid at Two Eagle; his wife Cheryl is the school's bookkeeper and business manager.  School staff says Doug and Cheryl are well loved throughout the community.

“They're the kind of Montana people that you'd just want to be your neighbors,” said Bundy.  “They'd give anything for you and to you and we just appreciate them so much.”

Bundy says it's especially tough to lose someone in a small community, because of how close everybody is. 

“Anytime you lose somebody it's hard,” said Bundy.  “When you have both people on your staff it's…well, we’re like a family, we help each other in so many ways.”

Bundy says staff gathered today to mourn the loss of their colleague.  Class was not held Monday for students, who will return to school on Tuesday.  Bundy says there will be counselors on hand for students to talk to tomorrow. 

Cheryl Morigeau was released from a Seattle hospital earlier today, she's in good condition.

Meanwhile our partners at the Missoulian told us county and state investigators spent Monday combing the property looking for evidence.

We will continue to cover this story and bring you the facts as we learn more.