Donald Alan Garrity, 81, died on November 16th, 2016.

Don was born in Helena on August 18, 1935, the second child of Margaret and Harold Garrity. He attended local Catholic schools and graduated from Carroll College in 1957, with a degree in History and English.

In August 1957, he married Ellen Henry and moved with her to South Bend, Ind., where he was a student at the University of Notre Dame School of Law. In June 1960, he and his family returned to Helena where he worked for Attorney General, Forrest Anderson. In 1969 he went into private practice and represented the Montana Board of Oil and Gas, among other clients, until he retired in 2008. He also represented many clients pro-bono, some of whom became great friends. Don was well known in the legal community and active in the Cathedral Parish. He served on the Second Story Cinema (the precursor to the Myrna Loy) Board of Directors and was an active member of the Montana Trial Lawyers Association.

Don will long be remembered for his poetic and artistic St. Patrick’s Day cards and the St. Patrick’s Day parties that he and Ellen hosted, which eventually got to big to be held in their home and moved to the East Helena Fire Hall.

A fourth generation Montanan, Don loved his home state. For many years, he and a group of friends traveled the far regions of the Treasure State by car, stayed in small inns, and studied Montana’s history. Some of their travels were memorialized in stories published in Montana, the Magazine of Western History.

His wife, Ellen, and eldest daughter Maureen preceded him in death. He is survived by Maureen's husband Kurt Anderson of Williston, ND; children Mike and wife Shannon McDonald of Helena; Sheila of Baltimore; Devin and wife Kim of Helena; John of Seattle; and Ann Tracey and husband Paul of Seattle. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Devin and Kate Anderson, Cole Garrity, Jack and Lucy McDonald-Garrity, and Fiona Tracey. He is also survived by his sisters Peggy Walsh and Judy Garrity, brothers and sisters-in-law, and a host of friends.

Don’s family would like to give special thanks to Marie Fowler, Dr. Bailey, Porter and Julie Sanford, and the wonderful people at Aspen Gardens for their years of compassionate care.

Vigil services will be held at the St. Helena Cathedral at 6:00 p.m. on November 30th. The Funeral Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at St. Helena Cathedral at noon, on December 1st.

Don was born in Helena on August 18, 1935, the second child of Margaret and Harold Garrity.  He attended local Catholic schools and graduated from Carroll College in 1957, with a degree in History and English.

 

In August 1957, he married Ellen Henry and moved with her to South Bend, Ind., where he was a student at the University of Notre Dame School of Law.  In June 1960, he and his family returned to Helena where he worked for Attorney General, Forrest Anderson.  In 1969 he went into private practice and represented the Montana Board of Oil and Gas, among other clients, until he retired in 2008.  He also represented many clients pro-bono, some of whom became great friends.  Don was well known in the legal community and active in the Cathedral Parish.  He served on the Second Story Cinema (the precursor to the Myrna Loy) Board of Directors and was an active member of the Montana Trial Lawyers Association.

 

Don will long be remembered for his poetic and artistic St. Patricks Day cards and the St. Patricks Day parties that he and Ellen hosted, which eventually got to big to be held in their home and moved to the East Helena Fire Hall.

 

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A fourth generation Montanan, Don loved his home state. For many years, he and a group of friends traveled the far regions of the Treasure State by car, stayed in small inns, and studied Montanas history.  Some of their travels were memorialized in stories published in Montana, the Magazine of Western History.

 

His wife, Ellen, and eldest daughter Maureen preceded him in death. He is survived by Maureen's husband Kurt Anderson of Williston, ND; children Mike and wife Shannon McDonald of Helena; Sheila of Baltimore; Devin and wife Kim of Helena; John of Seattle; and Ann Tracey and husband Paul of Seattle. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Devin and Kate Anderson, Cole Garrity, Jack and Lucy McDonald-Garrity, and Fiona Tracey.  He is also survived by his sisters Peggy Walsh and Judy Garrity, brothers and sisters-in-law, and a host of friends.

 

Dons family would like to give special thanks to Marie Fowler, Dr. Bailey, Porter and Julie Sanford, and the wonderful people at Aspen Gardens for their years of compassionate care.

 

Vigil services will be held at the St. Helena Cathedral at 6:00 p.m. on November 30th. The Funeral Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at St. Helena Cathedral at noon, on December 1st.

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