Stanton Lewis Brannin

November 22, 1934 — October 1, 2018
Thursday, October 11, 2018
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Stanton Lewis Brannin, 83, passed away in his Big Timber home on Oct. 1. He was born on November 22, 1934, the youngest child of Lewis and Carrie Brannin.

Stanton went to elementary school in Melville, and attended high school in Harlowton. He enjoyed any subjects that pertained to agriculture and animal husbandry. He was a member of FFA.

He served his country with service in the military - two years in the National Guard and two years active duty. He briefly attended the University of Montana, but soon returned to his love of cowboying and ranching on the American Fork Ranch, near Two Dot, Montana.

Stanton enjoyed ranch life above all else. He worked for the American Fork Ranch alongside his parents, while his father managed the ranch until 1975. When Lewis retired in 1975, Stanton stepped in. He would remain as the manager until he retired in 1999.

Stanton’s cattle and horse sense was second to none. He was hand selected as a drover for the Montana Centennial Cattle Drive in 1989, a position he took seriously.

Stanton enjoyed hobbies such as leather work, clock making, fishing and hunting, including hunting trips to Alaska. He also enjoyed rodeo roping and followed and supported many young cowboys as they perfected their skills.

Stanton is preceded in death by his parents Lewis and Carrie Brannin. He is survived by his two sisters, LaVelle Brannin of Helena and Ivanelle White of Rhodes, Iowa. He is also survived by nieces and nephews, Gwen Knight (Jim Nettleton), Helena; Kim Wanderaas (Dave), Harlowton; Cynthia Whiteman (Tim), Bellingham, Washington; Koreen Chapman, Las Vegas, Nevada; Eric Knight (Lydia), Deer Lodge; Karisa Symonds (Dan), Gilbert, Arizona and William Sward, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Stanton lived most of his life in solitude on a ranch in Montana. He would gladly share his knowledge and experience if you took time to ask.

Services for our brother, uncle, and friend will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Melville Lutheran Church with a reception to follow immediately.

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