Jeffrey Mana (food from Heaven) Langan, AKA Oscar A. Ward, son of Mary Chappelle Langan Hansen, beloved father to Thomas, Kristin and Eric, brother to Christopher, Mark and Colter, step-son to C.W. "Wally" Hansen, ascended to the Great Spirit on Aug. 21, 2015, a month shy of his 61st birthday.
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Jeff's history is testimonial to his optimistic and tenacious spirit of participatory democracy. All who knew him knew his passion for life, his love of people and his commitment to social justice. An energetic adventurer, Jeffrey embarked on several creative entrepreneurial ventures and community service involvements. In 1978 he founded Friends to Youth for at risk children of Missoula for which he was honored with several civic awards. He managed the largest Boise radio station, Rock 97 at which time he also started Mana Productions, a concert promotion business. Jeff was founder, president and CEO of Networks Inc. for which he received a Juvenile Safety Products award. He launched Langan Video Real Estate and became a successful contractor and developer with his business, Langan Custom Homes.
In later life, Jeff was diagnosed with MS which motivated him to continue his education. He graduated Suma Cum Laude with a Masters in Public Administration from U of M. He was presently working on his PhD in Political Science.
He was active in the Missoula County Democratic Party and the Missoula County Elections Advisory Commission. Known for his infectious laughter and wry humor, Jeffrey was a voice for the struggle of the "little guy" and a leader in this political discourse through social media. All who knew him miss him dearly.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Sept. 13, 2015