Joseph P. Deason was born Aug. 6, 1947 in Minneapolis, Minn. He attended and graduated from Southwest High School and attended Hamlin University for a short while, then served in the military from 1967 to 1969. After leaving the Service he purchased a sporting goods/gun shop and owned and operated it until 1986.
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With the intent of becoming a real estate broker, Joe moved to Bozeman and began a lengthy career with ERA Landmark. In 2004 Joe and nine other brokers opened Bozeman Broker Group. Joe was the managing broker for the first year and several years later began the process of a semi-retirement. Retaining his real estate broker license, he continued in real estate as Joe Deason Real Estate. The lure of the northern Minnesota woods found Joe buying a vacation property on Lake Winnibigoshish near Bemidji, Minn. Trying to remain in a mostly retired state, Joe took every opportunity to visit the Minnesota hideaway. His best friend of 47 years, Ward Mehlan was his next door neighbor.
The great passion for helping our troops in the military never faltered. Over the years while handcrafting log furniture, many donations were made to wounded warriors and fallen heroes. This trend continued right up until his death where one of his regrets was that he was not able to finish several pieces of furniture that were promised to the wounded.
On July 5, 2012, Joe married Kris in a private ceremony. Joe was active in Patriot Guard Riders, Kiwanis, and served on the Board of Directors for Bozeman Board of Realtors and United Way.
Joe is survived by a number of half brothers and half sisters residing in Minnesota and his wife, Kris.
A celebration of Joe's life will be held at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 7 at the Emerson Cultural Center Auditorium.
The family is asking that any memorials go to Montana Supporting Soldiers, PO Box 4964, Helena, MT 59604 and Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 11390, Bozeman, MT 59719.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from May 1 to May 5, 2013