Butte lost a favorite Irish son when Daniel “Dan” Joseph Parent left us unexpectedly Mother’s Day, May 13, 2012.
“Oh, Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling ...”
Dan would have been born a week early if he had known he was missing a Butte St. Patrick’s Day. But March 24, 1954, was a fine day for Milly and Jim Parent.
Dan lived the past 25 years working in Sacramento, Calif., but his Irish heart remained in Butte. He traveled nearly 2,000 miles most years to be with his Butte friends on St. Patrick’s Day.
“... Tis you, tis you must go and we must abide ...”
Dan enjoyed researching Butte’s history and his family tree, following his beloved Griz teams and traveling the world with longtime friends, Dave Hubbard, Paul Drew, George Brown and many others.
Danny attended the McKinley and Immaculate Conception schools, and was looking forward to his 40th Butte High School class reunion this summer.
He received a bachelor’s degree in history and a law degree from the University of Montana. He worked as an attorney for the Internal Revenue Service the past 25 years and was a senior counsel. Dan also worked at the Butte Post Office, substitute taught, enjoyed bowling and coached tennis, his family’s favorite sport.
“... But come ye back ... we love you so ...”
Dan was preceded in death by his father, Thomas “Jim” Parent, in 2006.
Surviving and very much missing Dan are his mother, Mildred “Milly” Parent; brother, Michael Parent; sisters, Patricia (Kent) Hill, and Janice (Mike) Hogan; aunt, Betty Plaxico; nieces and nephew, Katie Hill, Mandi Hill, Molly Hogan and Mikey Hogan; cousins, Marie Steyh, John Cavanaugh, Sue Irvin, Will Steyh, Cody Cavanaugh, Tara Melavic, Nancy Block.
“... find the place where I am lying and kneel and say “Ave” there for me ...”
Memorial services will be held June 16, 2012, in Sacramento. Dan’s cremains will rest in the family plot in St. Mary’s Cemetery, in Missoula. Graveside services will be in July. Memorials can be made to Butte Tennis Association, c/o Dot Warner, Excelsior Courts Renovation Fund, P.O. Box 4302, Butte, MT 59702.
“... and I shall hear, tho softly, you tread above me, and all my grave will warmer, sweeter before you love me and I shall sleep in peace until you come to me...”
Dan left us peacefully, but oh so suddenly, as he watched the morning news.
“... Oh, Danny Boy, Oh Danny Boy.... we love you so.”
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