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Zane Paul Raser

Died: Sun., Sep. 1, 2013

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Zane was born March 29, 1953, at St. Patrick Hospital and raised in Missoula. He graduated from Sentinel High School in 1972. While attending Sentinel, he was on the football team and wrestled for coach Jug Beck.

He was a journeyman carpenter who specialized in custom cabinetry. He taught his kids to "Measure twice and cut once"; "If you aren't going to do it right the first time, don't do it at all"; and always, always, "Keep your p's and q's straight."

Zane loved elk hunting at Ovando, skiing Marshal Mountain and hang-gliding off Mount Sentinel. His great passion was breaking and training Appaloosa horses. He developed his love for Appaloosas and his strong work ethic while working at the family business, the Missoula Livestock Auction Co. His gramp raised a long line of Appaloosa breeding stock. He shared a hunting camp for years at Ovando with friends and family, and this is where he put his horses to work.

He had a special place in his heart for his "grandboys" and enjoyed spending time with them immensely. They brought a twinkle to his blue eyes.

Zane made quick friends with everyone he met, and would do anything he could to help his buddies. His heart of gold is well known in both the Missoula and Bitterroot valleys. He often made people laugh at his own expense by saying things like, "I'm just a bald-headed, blue-eyed sheep farmer from Montana!" To the best of this author's knowledge, he never farmed sheep. His other most often used quote, "Life ain't easy, learn how to handle it. Remember, God didn't promise you a rose garden."

He is preceded in death by his sister, Janie Tripp; his mother, Helen Raser; his father, Willis Raser; and his grandfather, Howard Raser.

He is survived by his brother, Jay Raser; his four children, Brionn Tripp, Kinzie Fender, Chance Raser and MacKenzey Raser; and his three grandsons, Evan, Chase and Shea Tripp.

Zane will be missed.

Celebration of Life to be held 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 at The Eagles Club on South Ave. If you would like to celebrate Zane's life with us, bring any photos and your best stories. Zane didn't want a funeral, but he never mentioned no parties!

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