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Franklin D Westad
September 19, 1936   -   June 07 , 2015

Obituary posted by : Richard and LaDonna ,  Daughter and son-in-law   
Person Description:

Franklin -Don- Westad was born September 19th 1936 in Parkers Prairie, Minnesota and passed away on June 7th 2015 in Meridian Idaho surrounded by his wife, daughter, son-in law and 2 grand-kids. Don was a gentle giant who stood 6 1/2 feet tall. He loved and doted on his family, putting their needs above all else. He was hardworking and quite generous. Don was not much of a talker. Those who were fortunate enough to know him, understood he would engage in topics he felt strongly about. He was passionate about his Norwegian roots and cultures and local school sports.Don attended Beaverhead County High School from 1952 to 1955. He was a driving force on the schools Basketball and Football teams. Much like most kids , he worked various jobs in and around Dillon, Helena and surrounding areas.After high school, Don went into the service. He joined the Army National Guard of Montana, then became active in the United States Air Force from 1955 through 1960. While he served in the USAF, he was part of the installation squadron. In addition he received training and successfully completed Engineer school and Draftsman school. After he honorably served the military, he went on to work jobs in Southern California. His position at Los Angeles Unified School District started with Heating and Air Conditioning installation and maintenance and worked up to Inspector. In 2001 he retired and moved back to his hometown of Dillon, MT. Don has a large family. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Faye Westad of Dillon Montana. He has 3 children, Donald Scott Westad, LaDonna Westad Blackwood and Christopher Westad. Franklin -Don- is brother to Elroy Westad and survived by his sister Marlene Tash of Dillon Montana.
Don is survived by 11 grand children. Janean (of Dillon); Kevin, Sean, Ian, Amber, Cassandra, Adriana, Christopher, Matthew, KelliAnne and Joshua. He is also a Great Grand-Father to Katelyn, Ashley, Tanner (Dillon MT.) Natalia and Jodie. Franklin is also survived by numerous family and extended family and friends throughout the world. Other than his love of local and college sports, he always requested homemade Lefse and Rommegrot whenever the family gathered ( including pot luck suppers at his Lutheran Church or meetings for the Sons of Norway). Don wants to be remembered how he was before his illness. We celebrate him warmly with a life well lived. We love you Papa Westad...
Service Information:
Funeral by Brundage Funeral Home, Dillon MT. Service at Lutheran Church, Dillon, MT
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Contributor :  Jonathan

I am so sorry for your loss. It seems like a man that I would love to meet. He definitely seems like he enjoyed life, he was successful, and full of happiness.
I lost an uncle a few months back due to cancer. It hit us a so hard because we didn\'t finf out until it was terminal. It took 2 months before it took his life. One thing that helped us cope and I thought I can share with you is that the bible definitely helps us cope with such tragedies. The website that I xame accross is JW.ORG. It has good scriptures that help with ones that are grieving. Just thought I would share that and my sympathies with your family.