David T. Cochran
Another cowboy has crossed the divide.
David T. Cochran died peacefully at Touchmark Care Center on Oct. 17, 2014 after enduring a long battle with COPD. He was born at St. Peter’s Hospital in Helena on June 23, 1933, the second son of Joseph E. Cochran and Selma H. Cochran. David was raised on the family ranch on Beaver Creek, Nelson Route, near York.
He attended the Beaver Creek School, and he was among the last class to graduate there. He graduated from Helena High School, class of 1951, and attended MSU at Bozeman for a while before entering the Army. His primary duty station was in Greenland, where he served as a heavy equipment mechanic. After his service he returned to the family ranch and shortly moved to Helmville to establish their ranching operation on Nevada Creek. He was on horseback almost before he could walk, and was amiable to any job as long as it could be done from the back of a horse. He raised and broke many horses and kept a Quarter Horse stud for many years.
David was very active in the Helmville Community, serving as a 4-H leader, and then turned out to be a 40 year position as a supervisor for the North Powell Conservation District. He was also a director of the Nevada Creek Water Users Association; a Deputy Brand Inspector for many, many years, and a director and treasurer for The Fledgling Blackfoot Challenge.
David was a member of the Helmville Community Fellowship Church and a 50 year member of Helena Lodge No. 3, A.F. & A.M.
David was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, JoAnne Hayes; and is survived by his brother Charles Cochran of Helena, his brother-in-law, Donel G. “Skip” Hayes of Helmville and numerous nieces, a nephew, and various cousins.
At David’s request no services will be held. He has been cremated, and his cremains will be interred at Forestvale Cemetery in Helena alongside his father and mother. Anyone wishing to send memorials may direct them to Helmville Memorial Scholarship, Helmville, MT 59843 or to any memorial of the donor’s choice.
The family would like to acknowledge and thank both the entire staff at Touchmark, including the memory care unit, and all of the staff of Hospice of St. Peters for the tender and loving care given to David during his confinement, and especially those who took the time to talk “horse” with him. He took great comfort from that on his journey. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of David.
James Burt Dieziger
Montana State Prison inmate James Burt Dieziger #11779 died last evening, October 14 at approximately 2125 hours from an extended illness. James Dieziger was 70 years of age (9-25-44). This offender fell out of Teton, Powell and Cascade Counties. Please see the Montana Department of Corrections website https://app.mt.gov/conweb for sentencing information.