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DON H WESTFALL

August 7, 1935 ~ November 22, 2020 (age 85)

Obituary

Don H. Westfall, 85, passed away on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at Libby Care Center of a broken heart.  He was born on August 7, 1935 in Culbertson, Montana to Ralph Einer and Lorraine Louise Bjorge.  His mother married Frank N. Westfall and he adopted Don on June 8, 1953.

Don served in the US Air Force from 1955 until being honorably discharged in 1958.  He worked for the U.S. Forest Service and later owned and operated Helen’s Tap Room.  Don then worked for the ASARCO Troy mine until he retired.

In 1960, Don married Sue Eddy.  They had two children, Marie Bjorge Westfall and Scott Weldon Westfall.

On December 4, 1970 Don married the love of his life Bonnie Ann Barney.  Their property on Terrace View was Don’s dream home.  It overlooked Granite Creek and had a spectacular view of Treasure Mountain.  He spent much of summer tending his forested land and feeding its abundant wildlife all year round.

Don and Bonnie loved Montana and its rich history.  They traveled to explore many old mining ghost towns and other historically significant locations.  The many artifacts Don collected on his expeditions were scattered along the quarter of a mile drive into their land.  It was an amazing site for visitors.

Don enjoyed the simple things in life:  a fine scotch, a rare steak, camping with friends and family, Suburbans, and a good laugh.  One of Don’s favorite sayings was, “Come back when you can’t stay so long.” 

Don was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved Bonnie.  Survivors include his daughter Marie Bjorge Westfall, son Scott Weldon Westfall, and grandsons Ross Westfall and Dylan Westfall all of the Missoula area.

Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby.  Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.

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