Donald "Sonny" David Todd passed away peacefully of natural causes at home on his ranch in Big Timber, Mont. on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. Sonny was 75 years old.
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Sonny was born on May 1, 1938 in Columbus, Mont. He was the oldest son of Donald M. Todd and Helen M. Anderson. Sonny attended school and graduated from Reed Point High School in 1956 and joined the U.S. Navy. After returning home from the Navy, he was married to Rosalie M. Myers on July 11, 1960 (35 years).
Sonny lived, ranched, and guided hunts in the Deer Creeks, Work Creek, and Bridger Creek areas after returning from the Navy. He was able to fulfill his dream of taking his young family to Australia where he managed the Delemere Cattle Station consisting of a million and a half acres near Kathryn, Northern Territory for two years. Most of Sonny's life revolved around horses, managing cattle and ranch operations. Returning to Montana's Deer Creek area, he managed different places and later owned the Circle T Quarter Horse Ranch at Big Timber. One of Sonny's proudest accomplishments was when he owned "Diamond Duro" and "Shy Ole Man."
In later years Sonny's life revolved around his grandkids. You could always count on the first words being, "Where ya' at?" Then he would ask when the next time you would be by was going to be and what you wanted to eat. He loved barbequing for everyone and anyone and making sure you ate as much as you possibly could. Then he'd ask, "Did ya' get enough?" Attending his grandchildren's numerous events always kept him busy. Whether we did well or not he was always there with a supporting hug letting us know he was proud.
Sonny was passionate about the real estate business. He loved showing property to clients and expressing his love of Montana. People often said that Sonny's vehicles had gone where most people wouldn't take a four-wheeler. This was also true about his love for elk hunting. During hunting season, Sonny's truck would often be parked outside the Frosty Freeze with a bed stacked with his family's and friends' elk. Sonny served as a mentor to many young aspiring cowboys who held a special place in his heart. Sonny was also active in the Evangelical Church.
The funeral service and celebration of life, will be held at the Sweet Grass County High School on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Bryan of the Evangelical Church and Pastor Joe Brandt, Sonny's nephew, officiating. Cremation has taken place. A family burial ceremony will take place in the spring. A reception will take place at the American Legion Hall following the service.
Sonny is predeceased by his father, Donald M. Todd (1974); his mother, Helen M. Anderson (2013); sister, Peggy Todd Shaw (2009) and his oldest son, Donald Stetson Todd (2003).
Sonny is survived by, Patricia (Leonard) Todd Brandt Wiedmier, Clarence "Bruv" Todd, Rosalie Myers Todd, Justin (Vonda) Todd, Ninette "Nikki"(Art) Perry, Rick Todd, Linda Streett Todd, Donna E. Todd, grandchildren, Britt Todd, Collin Todd, Ashley Blaylock, Dillon Todd, Logan Todd, Garrett (Jaclyn) Todd, Colter Todd, Beau (Brittney) Blaylock, Tucker Blaylock, Shasta (Chris) McCorry, and numerous family, friends, and neighbors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cowboy Christmas Ball Scholarship, P.O. Box 788, Big Timber, MT 59011.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 13, 2013