VICTOR – Donald Gregory “Dusty” Schurman, 60, of Victor, passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in Hamilton of heart problems. He was born in Missoula at St. Patrick Hospital on Oct. 14, 1954, the son of Donald L. and Rita J. (Spang) Schurman.
Dusty was raised in Florence and graduated from Florence Carlton High School in 1973. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and eventually spent 17 years with the Montana National Guard. He attended Missoula Vo Tech from 1980-81 and received an associate degree in forestry. He was a cowboy, a farmer, a log "dog" and most recently the manager of Florence Community Park and delivered papers for the Bitterroot Star.
On Aug. 27, 1977, he married Jean Jaques. They have made their home in Victor for much of their married lives with just a short stint in Oklahoma and Texas, where Dusty worked. While living in Victor, Dusty could be found at the baseball fields coaching and helping young players. He touched many lives through his coaching and he loved all the kids.
His daughter, Erin, was born in 1978. In 1983, Zack was born and made the family complete. Dusty followed the two through their various activities, staying in the background but giving them guidance and gruff love.
He is survived by his wife, Jean, at the family home; Erin, her husband John Rosenkrance and her children Roan Jackson and EllaBay Jackson; Zack, his wife Crystal and their children Kyle and Zoey; his father, Don Schurman; brothers, Jon (Beth) and Martin (Carrie Hill); sisters, Melissa Schurman and Kim Schurman (Billy Misookie); adopted brother, Jim Hayes (Shelly); uncles, Dennis Spang and Albert Schurman; aunts, Doris Spang and Shirley Boucher; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Rita, in 2007.
There will be a memorial service at Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3. A reception will follow at 3 p.m. at the Victor Senior Center on Fifth Street. Please come and share stories of Dusty; there are a bunch. A memorial has been set up at Ravalli County Federal Credit Union, 501 N. First, Hamilton, MT 59840. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at whitesittfuneralhome.com.