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GLENDIVE - Donald Willis Brant, age 69, of Glendive, passed away on Thursday, May 8, 2003, in Billings.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m., Monday, May 12, at the Chapel of the Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home in Glendive with Pastor Paul Everett officiating. Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home of Glendive is entrusted with arrangements.

Don was born on Aug. 18, 1933, in Staples, Minn., the son of Earl and Dorathy (Lorenzen) Brant. He moved with his family to Glendive in 1941 where he attended Sacred Heart School and graduated from Dawson County High School with the class of 1951. He then attended the University of Montana and graduated with the class of 1956 with a degree in secondary education. Don was a track, football and basketball star while at the University and had received numerous awards and honors. He had been inducted into the University of Montana Track Hall of Fame. After graduating from college, Don was a teacher and coach in Wolf Point and Missoula. He married Patricia High and to this union two children, Jimmy and Stacy, were born. Don was united in marriage to Mona Balcer in 1979. Don worked for Self-Service Furniture Store, Zip Beverage in Missoula and was currently the manager of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Club in Glendive.

Don was an avid sports enthusiast with a special love for the Grizzly football team and Atlanta Braves. Don's love for people and life itself was so important to him that he gratefully donated his beautiful blue eyes and corneas to a needy recipient.

Don was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Doris.

Survivors include his loving wife, Mona Brant of Glendive; his son, Jimmy Brant and his wife Kim of Reno, Nev.; his daughter, Stacy Elmore and her husband Dave of Missoula; three stepsons, Les Balcer and his wife Connie of Glendive, Curt Balcer and his wife Gale of San Antonio, and Leo Balcer and his wife Cammy of Sidney; one stepdaughter, Tracy Rockholt and her husband Ray of Lakeville, Minn.; one brother, Jack Brant and his wife Adelle of Glendive; 15 grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and numerous nieces and nephews.

Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.silvernale-silhafuneralhome.com

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