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Donald E. Cape Sr.

February 12, 1936 ~ October 31, 2019

Service: November 05, 2019 1:00 P.M.
   Location: Springhill Presbyterian Church, 4769 W. Babcock

Don Cape, Sr., 83, husband, father, grandfather, son and friend, was joyously welcomed into the arms of his Savior on Thursday, October 31, 2019.  He spent his final hours in in the loving companionship of his children and grandchildren.  He received thoughtful and compassionate care from both Bozeman Hospice and Highgate Assisted Living.

Don was born on February 12, 1936, in Douglas, Arizona to David and Jessamine (Martin) Cape.  After high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy proudly serving in the SeaBees (Construction Battalion).  Don ultimately earned the rank of E-6, but the proudest accomplishment of his service career was being chosen for two expeditions to the Antarctic with Admiral Byrd. 

Don had the blessing of marrying his best friend and love of his life, JoAnn (Tschache) Cape on Jan. 8, 1968. They shared 45 beautiful years of life together until JoAnn’s passing on June 29, 2013.  Not a day passed that he did not revere her and their life together.  They truly were the best of friends.  Together they raised a family of four children and relished in the joy of having 7 grandchildren.

Upon completing 8 years of honorable service with the Navy, Don pursued a career in construction.  He was most proud of the successful business he and JoAnn started together, Ponderosa Homes of Belgrade, MT.  Don and JoAnn were also heavily involved with much of the commercial development that has occurred along North 19th in Bozeman, MT.  He managed his business affairs with the utmost in professionalism and his business decisions were rooted in his undying commitment to integrity, character and fairness.

Don was also a proud Mason, member of the Algeria Shrine Temple and a Jester.  His many friends will remember his compassion, his humor, his character and his humble love for his fellow man.

Don was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn; his brother, Dan Cape; his son, Eddie Cape; his parents and numerous aunts and uncles.

He is survived by daughters, Leah (Brad) Kirkham and Darcy Cape; sons, Steve (Jill) Cape and Don (Shavon) Cape; grandchildren, Chantelle, Brandon and Brianna Hudspeth, Hannah and Carter Cape and Josh and Ryan (Becky) Cape; and great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Kaleb, Lilly and Bailey Cape.

Don will be missed by his family and the numerous friends he developed throughout his rewarding life.  His friends and family can find peace that he has been reunited with his wife, JoAnn and his son, Eddie in the loving arms of Christ his Savior.

Cremation has taken place and services will be held at Springhill Presbyterian Church (4769 W. Babcock St.) on Tuesday, November 5th at 1:00 p.m.  An internment with military honors will follow at Sunset Hills Cemetery where he and JoAnn will be interred together.  A reception will follow at the Hilton Garden Inn (2023 Commerce Way).  All friends and family of Don’s are welcome and invited as his family celebrates the man we loved so dearly.

Donations in Don’s name may be made to The Shriners Hospitals as that was a very near and dear charity to Don.

 

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