David W. DePuy, 94, passed on December 14, 2022. He was born to parents Warren A. DePuy and Eva (Eyman) DePuy on September 21, 1928, at the Robinson Hospital at 215 South C Street. He was a quiet man, an intelligent man, and a hard-working man.
He attended Brisbin School for eight years and had the same teacher, Gladys Merrill, for eight years.
David attended Park High School for only three years as his father decided he should attend college with this older sister, Betty, and enrolled them in agriculture at Montana State University. They graduated in 1949.
After college graduation, he worked for his parents for nearly five years. The years spent at the DePuy Ranch were as a fox farm and cattle ranch.
David moved to town on Valentine’s Day in 1953. He worked at Connelly’s Creamery for four years testing cream, cutting meat, and making ice cream and butter. After that, he worked at Wilcoxson’s for seven years as an excellent candy maker.
He married Shirley Siriano who he met on a blind date on October 2, 1954.
David was a student of history and geography, an avid reader, and had the ability to retain most of what he read.
He built his two homes, remodeled his law office on the corner of 2nd and Lewis and did a lot of work on his rental property.
After several years of law study at home, he passed the Montana Bar Exam in October of 1966. In 1966 thirty-two applicants took the bar exam and he was one of four that passed, the others being out of state graduates. He opened his law office on February 9, 1967, and practiced law for fifty years.
David is the author of four books, Paradise and Beyond (Paradise Valley), the Homesteaders of the Sheilds River Valley, Why I Smelled Different (fox farm aroma), and Park County Banks Old and New. He was working on a new book about a renegade in Yellowstone National Park. It frustrated him that he could not find what happened to the fellow.
He is survived by his wife Shirley, son Scott DePuy and children Addison DePuy and Wyatt DePuy, daughter Tara DePuy and husband Michael Sprague.
David was preceded in death by his parents, sister Betty Smith, brother Richard DePuy and sister Cheryl Murray.
If desired, memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Education Trust, P.O. Box 646, which he helped establish for the Walter Weber Family.
Funeral Services Will be held at St. Mary’s Church at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 17th.