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Bryan Mechling Owen

Died: Tue., Dec. 31, 2019

Graveside Service

11:00 AM Fri., Jan. 03, 2020
Location: Sunset Memorial Cemetery

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Hamilton  -  Bryan Mechling Owen passed on December 31, 2019, after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.  He was born on October 30, 1934 to Lloyd and Margaret Owen, the fourth of eight children. As a kid, Bryan and his siblings spent long fun days tearing all over the hills south of Missoula, making friends early in his childhood that have lasted through today. Once you got to know Bryan, a person quickly learned he was a true and lifetime friend.  Bryan’s love of all things art related began officially with his first set of crayons received at age 2. While attending Missoula County High School he had the good fortune of encountering “that“ special teacher, Mr. Bartholomew, who recognized Bryan‘s exceptional talent and encouraged him to pursue his passion in art.  When Bryan turned 18 in October 1952 he knew what he needed to do. He enlisted in the US Air Force, serving in the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1956.  After his military service ended, Bryan began pursuing his Bachelors of Fine Art completing his degree in 1960. Concurrently he attended the Famous Artist’s School for Commercial Art and Illustration under the tutelage of many famous artists including Norman Rockwell.   On a blind date, Bryan met the love of his life, Frances Zeigler. Bryan and Fran married on February 3, 1962 and shared 49 years together until Fran’s passing in 2011. They brought to the world three kids; Becky, Ken and Rob. Bryan and Fran made a good life for their family enduring the antics, difficulties and joys that life brings.  Bryan joined the US Forest Service in 1964 as an Illustrator and Fine Artist, producing hundreds of documents. Many you have encountered as you read through an informational pamphlet at your favorite campsite or National Park.  Creating exceptional landscape paintings of Montana’s magnificent scenery was Bryan‘s first love. Bryan said that living in Montana all his life made it easy to find inspiration and drove his passion for painting.  Bryan was a man devoted to his family and friends; he could always be counted on to help with any problem large or small.  He is survived by his children Becky, Ken (Reina), Rob (Jennifer) and his grandchildren Jennifer (Mike), Valerie (Mike), Diego and his namesake, Bryan. He is survived by great grandchildren Ethan and Claire. Also by his siblings Maurice, Shirley, Keith, Zane, and Dee along with numerous nieces and nephew‘s..  This man of integrity and generosity is loved by all that knew him and will be sorely missed.  In lieu of flowers, our family suggests you encourage a young artist with paints or a box of crayons as a remembrance of Bryan.  A graveside service with military honors is planned for Friday, January 3, 2020, beginning at 11:00 AM at Sunset Memorial Cemetery.

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(Mrs) Caral Mechling Bennett
   Posted Sat January 04, 2020
Dear Mechling Cousins,
I am saddened to hear of Bryan's passing. My prayers and deepest sympathy to the family for your loss.
Is it possible to see some of Bryan's Montana paintings online?
Unfortunately, we never met, only receiving family news over the years.
A number of years ago, I had a delightful visit in the Montana home of his parents, Lloyd & Margaret, who were first cousins to my father, Alfred R Mechling. Margaret and I corresponded for many years, keeping the links between our families intact, then later, Gail and I continued the connection. Since the brothers, Arthur Waldo Mechling (Margaret's father) with family moved West, and George Elsworth Mechling and family (my grandfather) remained in Indiana, the families were separated by many miles..
If family will contact me, I have a box of photos from Arthur's I'd like to return to your family.
Much love to you all,
Arlington VA

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