Sept. 16, 1957-Feb. 3, 2018
Donald Joseph Dwyer, 60, loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and beloved grandfather departed this life at home in the early morning hours of Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 in the arms of his loving family. Don fought a very long and courageous 12-year battle with prostate cancer. Don will always be remembered as a strong and loving man with a big heart and will be missed by many.
Don was born on Sept. 16, 1957 in Butte, Montana to Donald (Sr.) and Donna (Leary) Dwyer. He was the oldest of four children. A great love that Don had in his early years was spending time on his parents' ranch north of Walkerville. Don spent many days raising cattle, riding the tractor to farm and hay the fields or taking a peaceful horseback ride in the mountains. The ranch was a place for Don to find peace, solitude, and a true connection to the outdoors. After Don started college, coming home on weekends to help on the family ranch in Waterloo were wonderful and memorable times for him.
Don attended Blaine Elementary School, West Junior High School and Butte High School. His athleticism allowed him to play football in high school as a defensive end. He earned his first Varsity football letter at Butte High in 1973. Don earned the nickname, "Spud" from his friends in high school and many still referred to him by that name. After graduating from high school, Don attended the University of Montana in Missoula. At the U of M, Don earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1979. Following his college graduation, Don returned to Butte and became a financial planner working independently for Investors Diversified Services. Later on, continuing as an independent financial advisor, Don worked for Rocky Mountain Financial. Always caring deeply for his clients, he was a very honest advisor always looking out for their best interest and investments.
On Aug. 13, 1983, Don married his high school sweetheart, Sally Estabrook in Butte. Don and Sally were married for 34½ years but were truly together for 45 years since they met each other at the age of 15. Their early married life consisted of camping, fishing and starting a family. Their union blessed them with three wonderful children: Stephanie, David, and Shannon. Don was a very devoted father and was extremely proud of all three of his children, loving them above and beyond. He was a strong supporter of all their activities, whether they be academics, football, basketball, or theatre. Family values were extremely important to Don and is exemplified in his children. Summers were filled with vacations to destinations like Edmonton, Disneyland, Las Vegas, Lagoon, and Maui. The family even made a trip to Dallas to see Don's favorite team, The Dallas Cowboys. A very special memory is a trip that Don and Sally took to Moab, Utah in October of 2017 to explore the Canyonlands and see the arches and red rock. Even through Don's illness, he wanted to explore and drive a jeep on the slick rock as it was a dream come true for him. It was a time of laughter and adventure, one that his wife will never forget. His family cherished him and he cherished time with his family. Don was greatly interested in the lives of his children, his grandchildren, and was looking forward to seeing them grow and change in the future.
Don had a special love for the Silver B's organization and became the secretary/treasurer of the Butte High Silver B's in 2010 and served six years in the position. He was the fifth member to serve in this capacity in the 79-year history of the Silver B's. A hobby that gave him extreme enjoyment was hunting and some of his favorite areas to hunt were Elk Park, Lockhart Meadows, and the Cottonwoods.
Floating his raft down the Big Hole River and fishing was an absolute favorite of his that he loved to do with family and friends. "Throw your line in that hole, there has got to be a fish in there!" he would always say.
Don is survived by his doting and devoted wife, Sally (Estabrook) Dwyer, and their children and spouses, Stephanie Lynn (Danny Lynn) of Missoula, David Dwyer (Erica Dwyer) of Denver, Colorado, and Shannon Renz (DJ Renz) of Butte. Don was known as Cha Cha to his grandchildren and those surviving grandchildren are Branlyn Renz, Brayson Renz, Dawson Lynn, Brexdyn Renz, and Baby Lynn. Don is also survived by his mother, Donna Dwyer; aunt, Betty Moore; sisters, Diane Mullaney (Joe Mullaney), Denise Chrest (Steve Hertel), and Danette Gleason (Shawn Gleason); brothers-in-law, Rick Estabrook (Tammy Estabrook}, Roger Estabrook (Beth Oren), and Vaughn Everly; his mother-in-law, Peggy Estabrook; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Don was preceded in death by his father, Donald A. Dwyer; father-in-law, Hank Estabrook; grandparents, Myrtle and James Leary, and Cozette and Arthur Dwyer; uncles and aunt, Jim Leary, and Larry and Marlene Dwyer; and sister-in-law, Sharon Johnston. Per his wishes, cremation has taken place. Please send memorial donations to the Butte High Silver B's, P.O. Box 4655, Butte, Montana 59702 or to the American Cancer Society at www .cancer.org. Special thanks to Dr. Marwan Massouh, Dr. Ian Gallaher and to the wonderful staff at St. James Cancer Center. Special thanks also to Dr. Hassan Massouh, Dr. Sean Kalagher, St. James Cath lab and the entire staff at St. James Healthcare. Another special thank you to Dr. John Linford and Dr. Nick Furlong of the Montana Cancer Center in Missoula.
What a Blessing to know that although you closed your eyes on Earth, You opened them in Heaven!
Services will be held in Butte on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at St. John's Episcopal Church, 15 N. Idaho Street at 10 a.m., with a reception to follow at Front Street Station, 800 E. Front Street, Butte, Montana. All are welcome to attend to celebrate Don's life and share memories.
Axelson Alternative Cremation is privileged to serve Don’s family.