WILSALL Donald P. "Pat" Brogan, 80, longtime Wilsall resident, died
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004, at the Las Vegas home of his niece, Cynde
Cremation has taken place in Las Vegas. Memorial services will be
held 1 pm Friday, Feb. 6, in the chapel of Franzen-Davis Funeral Home in
Livingston. Burial of the cremated remains will be in Wilsall Cemetery,
followed by a time of fellowship at the Shields Valley Senior Center in
Billings Gazette , Billings, MT,
04 Feb 2004, Wed, Main
Donald P. "Pat" Brogan, 80, longtime Wilsall resident, died on Thursday,
January 15, 2004, at the Las Vegas home of his niece Cynde Swandal. At
his bedside were his devoted wife, Marie and his sister Bonnie Swandal.
Born in Des Moines, Iowa, the oldest of seven children, Mr. Brogan
became a surrogate parent to his siblings following the death of their
mother when he was 12 years old. Mr. Brogan moved with his family to
Montana in 1940, where he spent his life ranching, trapping and helping
others. He was an avid coin collector, reader and pinochle player.
In 1944, Mr. Brogan enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a
paratrooper and rifle expert. He was honorably discharged in 1946 at the
rank of sergeant. He received several awards, including the Belgian
Croix de Guerre. In 1988 he married Marie Kipp. Following his
retirement, they traveled extensively, but always returned to their home
His survivors include his wife, Marie (Kipp) Brogan; four step-children;
several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; his sister
Bonnie; brother Tim Brogan and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pat was preceded in death by his parents, Webb and Carolyn Brogan;
stepmothers Edna and Louise; brothers, Dick, Jim, Bob and Michael Brogan
and sister Virginia Markman.
Cremation has taken place in Las Vegas. Memorial services were held at 1
p.m. on Friday, February 6, 2004 in the chapel of Franzen Davis Funeral
Home in Livingston, followed by a time of fellowship at the Shields
Valley Senior Center in Wilsall. Burial of the cremated remains will be
in Wilsall Cemetery.
Local arrangements are under the care of Franzen Davis Funeral Home in
(courtesy of Caroline Billingsley)
[courtesy of Jim Harrison]
Grave markers of Donald P. Brogan in Wilsall Cemetery,
Wilsall (Park county), Montana.
registered for the draft ca 1942. At that time he was living 10
miles east of Wilsall, MT.
He enlisted in the Army at Butte, MT on 17 July 1944.
Pvt Brogan was transferred from the 505th PIR to Hq 2ned 508th PIR on
9 October 1945.
[Jumpmaster Note: according to the 2000 census, Wilsall is a
small town with only 237 inhabitants. It lies about 50 miles
NNE of Bozeman, MT]