Dec. 26, 1932-Nov. 10, 2017
Donald E. Crosley passed away on Nov. 10, 2017 at his home after a lengthy illness.
Don was born in Butte, Montana on Dec. 26, 1932 the son of a local Butte miner John William Crosley and Agnes Helen (Dailey) Crosley. He has lived in Butte for 84 years, except in 1942 during WWII when he went to California with his father, who worked in the ship yards. He returned to Butte, Montana in 1946 to stay.
Don graduated from Butte High School and attended MSU and Montana School of Mines. He also gained an education by working in a variety of different occupations.
Don met the love of his life, Patricia Parini, while both were employed at the Montana Power Company. They were married on Sept. 5, 1964, at St. Ann's Church in Butte. They recently celebrated 53 years of love and commitment.
Don did several types of work from the old Hansen Packing Company to account executive for KBOW Radio. He started working part-time at the Montana Power Company as a Draftsman while attending Montana School of Mines. He later moved to being a customer service representative and eventually to housing coordinator in the Real Estate Department retiring in 1988 after 20 years of service. Don always had an interest in housing and real estate sales and became licensed. He purchased an old Butte Real Estate firm, Bolever Realty and Insurance, and later became a state certified Residential Appraiser. He had a contract with HUD as a property manager and finally retired in 2000.
Over the years, Don was an active member of several organizations including Butte Kiwanis, where he served as secretary, Toastmasters, International Right-of-Way Association, Butte Board of Realtors, Montana Association of Realtors and National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers. He was a member of the local community theatre group and acted in several theatre productions. He appeared in a semi-documentary filmed in Montana.
When Don retired, he needed something to keep himself busy and that is when he turned to writing. His writing was limited, but always of interest. He wrote several speeches for the local Toastmasters' organization and won second place in the state humorous speech contest. Don had an interest in photography for many years and an interest in Montana history, historical sites and Montana ghost towns, which he and Pat visited frequently. They also visited Nevada City, California. They located Henry Plummer's house on Spring Street which had become the local telephone company office building.
Don's interest in Montana history inspired him to write his own book on the Vigilantes of Montana. After much research and work in 2013 he finally published his book, “Hang 'Em Montana Vigilantes vs. Henry Plummer.” The book was well received. This was one of his proudest accomplishments.
Don loved baseball. He played in the infield of the old Copper League of Butte and pitched in the championship game with the Montana School of Mines against Lewistown. He also enjoyed bowling. Don and his son Bob took first place in the doubles event in the 50th annual Men's City Handicap Bowling Tournament in Butte.
Don took great pride in his home and yard. Even in times of illness he was at peace sitting on his beautiful deck admiring the flowers, the Highland Mountains, the East Ridge and watching the birds. He loved to have a nice conversation with those who stopped by to visit. He loved going for rides in the country with Pat and enjoyed seeing and photographing the mountains and wildlife.
Don's greatest accomplishment and source of pride was his family. He was extremely proud of his children and their spouses. And he loved and was so proud of his five beautiful grandchildren
Don was preceded in death by his parents, his father and mother in-law, Olympio and Mary Parini who he loved dearly and by several aunts and uncles.
Surviving are his loving wife, Pat; daughter and son-in-law Lorre and Glenn Chadbourne and their daughters, Katherine, Meaghan and Carolyn of Gilroy, California; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Erika Crosley and their children, Ethan and Charlotte of Santa Clarita, California; sister and brother-in-law, Anne and Robert Walton of Simi Valley, California; uncle, Stephen Dailey of Missoula and numerous cousins.
Don's family would like to sincerely thank all of their family and friends for all of their prayers, phone calls, help and support during Don's illness. They would also like to thank all of Don's doctors, nurses, St. James Healthcare, emergency room and A-1 Ambulance and all the staff for their care and compassion and Sr. Solutions and Highlands Hospice for their wonderful care, support, love and friendship. We will be forever grateful.
Memorials may be made to Highlands Hospice, 3703 Harrison Ave., Butte, St. Ann's Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Family and friends are asked to call at St. Ann's Church on Monday, Nov. 20 beginning at 10 a.m. for visitation. The funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. in St. Ann's Church. Interment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 11 a.m.
Axelson Alternative Cremation is privileged to serve Don’s family.