On May 8, Don Henry De Haan passed away peacefully in his home after a long battle with cancer. On that bright spring afternoon the green grass was growing, the birds were chirping and he was surrounded by his family.
Don was born April 25, 1949 in Twin Bridges and adopted by his parents, Henry and Mae (DeBoer) De Haan. He grew up on the family ranch working with his father. Don attended Anceny Grade School, Manhattan High School and graduated from Bozeman Senior High School. He then attended Western Tech until he began partnering with his father working the family farm and ranch. Don married his high school sweetheart and loving wife, Mildred (Bea) Guiot on October 11, 1969 and moved into the home they have shared since then.
Don's love of animals showed up early in his life. Starting with 4-H and Future Farmers of America, he continued to have many animal friends throughout the years. For many years he delighted in classic muscle cars and street rods as well as collecting unique and interesting guns. His latest endeavor was collecting old Farmall Tractors.
Don is survived by his wife, Mildred (Bea) De Haan; his oldest daughter, Lori De Haan of Deer Lodge; three granddaughters, Kelsie, Corina, and Caitlin; his youngest daughter, Angela (Paul) Lovaas of Bozeman; sister, Bonnie Gower of Belgrade; nieces, Crystal and Rachel; brother, Ed (Joyce) De Haan of St. Paul, Minn.; nephews, Shane and Luke; in-laws, Chuck and Jean (Papa G & Momma G) Guiot of Belgrade; sister-in-law, Joyce Mahana of Helena; nephew, Jeff; brother-in-law, Chuck Guiot of Belgrade; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mae (DeBoer) De Haan.
Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 13, at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 11390, Bozeman 59719, Georgetown Lake Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 1234, Anaconda, MT 59711, and Bozeman Deaconess Foundation, Cancer Treatment Center, 931 Highland Blvd. Suite 3200, Bozeman, 59715.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com