If one was to ask "Grunch" how Saturday, June 26, 2010, was, his response would be, "sh--ty thank you," as that's the day he made his last, and longest journey. It was a good day in his life as he was doing what he had always dreamed of doing, attending an "Antiques Road Show." He was at the event in Billings when he was called.
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Douglas Stuart "Grunch" Sandiland, owner of the Crystal Bar in Bozeman, was the son of Col. John and Sally Sandiland. He was born May 28, 1947, in Austria while his father was in the military. He traveled all over the world as an army brat, and that he truly was.
He finally came home to Montana where he married his love, Sandy, in Great Falls on Sept. 12, 1976. Remaining an army "brat" they divorced three years later, but remained the best of friends to this day.
Doug bought the Crystal, and has been the loud obnoxious voice and colorful shirts of the joint for more than 20 years. (Don't get caught in his chair at lunch!)
"Grunch" was an only child and was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. He is survived by hundreds of friends and a couple of old sore heads.
He wanted no funeral, but a memorial in his name will be held at a later date at the bar. Cremation has taken place.
So, cuz … find a Harley up there and locate a Marks' Inn & Out that has your favorite extra, extra, extra, extra, extra crispy French fries. Your buddies and I will soon find you. – Dunc
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the MSU Rodeo Club, 174 Strand Union, Bozeman, MT 59717.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 29, 2010