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Tamara Nelson
October 13, 1941 ~
February 23, 2019
Date of Service: March 22, 2019

William Fleming
September 6, 1944 ~
March 14, 2019
Date of Service: March 23, 2019

John "Jack" Myers
September 6, 1934 ~
March 08, 2019
Date of Service: March 29, 2019

Kris Williams
October 23, 1950 ~
March 20, 2019

Mary Fogle
June 14, 1920 ~
March 17, 2019

Eleanor Larsen
September 18, 1934 ~
March 17, 2019

Tracy Kelley
April 14, 1941 ~
March 12, 2019

Theodore Williams
April 21, 1927 ~
March 09, 2019

Don Breeden
May 13, 1947 ~
March 09, 2019

Deborah Morgan
January 31, 1948 ~
March 07, 2019


Dr. Francis W. Balice

April 15, 1921 ~ March 07, 2019

Service: March 17, 2019 2:30 to 5:30 P.M.
   Location: Buck's T-4 at Big Sky

The oldest resident of Big Sky, Dr. Francis W. Balice, passed away on March 7, 2019. 

Dr. Balice was born in Ionia, Michigan, in 1921.  He graduated from the University of Michigan in Chemistry in 1942.  It was there that he met and married Jean Coffelt.   They had four children, Judy, Randy, Bill and Janet.   Bill passed away in 2005.

After the end of World War II, Fran went back to the University of Michigan to obtain his medical degree.   He established his first medical practice in West Branch, Michigan, where, in his 30’s he discovered skiing.  Another medical practice in Adrian, Michigan followed, interrupted by 2 years in the US Army. 
He loved skiing from his very first run, and skiing became an important part of his life, and the impetus for many of his travels. He even won a national Slalom championship in his age group when he was 85 years old.  He and Everett Kircher knew each other well in Michigan, and both moved to Montana about the same time.

In the mid-70s he married Grace Velandra, and they lived first in Switzerland, then Boise, and finally Bozeman.   Fran and Grace loved Big Sky, so eventually they moved full-time to Big Sky Resort, where he was a part-time ski patrolman and Mountain host.  He said that he never wanted to leave “until the Good Lord takes me away.”

The Balices loved tennis, were members of the hiking club, and Dr. Balice became an avid Montana fisherman and was a dedicated University of Michigan football fan.  He spoke four languages, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese.  
In addition to his three children, Dr. Balice is survived by 4 grandchildren and two great-grand-children.

His wife, Grace passed away in 1999.

At the end of his life, he wanted us to say, “It was a good ride.”

A celebration of Fran’s life will be held on Sunday, March 17th at Buck’s T-4 from 2:30–5:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dr. Balice may be made to Eagle Mount at or to the charity of your choice. 


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