Thomas Dean Brogan

Thomas Dean Brogan, 83, longtime Wilsall rancher/outfitter, passed away Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, at Livingston HealthCare, after an extended illness. 

A celebration of his life will be held Father’s Day weekend, at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 18, 2016, at the Franzen-Davis Chapel located at 118 N. Third St. in Livingston. The service will be followed by a gathering of family and friends at his home on the Shields River.

Tom was born Jan. 17, 1933, to Webb and Carey (Bina) Brogan, at his parent’s home in Odebolt, Iowa, the youngest of seven children. Tom was 1 year old when his parents moved the family to a Homestead near Powell, Wyoming, where they raised sugar beets and worked to make a living from the harsh land.

Tom’s mother, Caroline, died Feb. 14, 1936, and shortly after, another move took them to Colville, Washington, where Tom started school. The family moved again in 1937, as Tom’s father, Webb, had purchased a hardware store in Oakesdale, Washington.

In 1939, another move took them to a ranch on Cottonwood Bench near Wilsall. While there, Tom developed a love of the outdoors that shaped his life. He loved to hunt, fish, ride and roam through the mountains near the ranch.

Tom graduated from Wilsall High School and married one of his classmates, Dolly Jo Kannegaard. Together they worked hard, ranching, farming and owning a restaurant — Tom’s store and meat market in Wilsall. Two children were born of this marriage — James Raymond and Pamela Kay. Later, the couple divorced and Tom married Hilde Cissel.

Tom’s last, and most rewarding, profession was his guide and outfitting business that he still engaged in until recently when ill health forced him to sell the business and retire.

He is survived by his sister Bonnie Swandal, of Wilsall; son James (Chick) Brogan, of Wilsall; daughter Pamela (Mike) Lucas, of Laurel; stepson Greg (Lana) Cissel, of Livingston; stepdaughters Iris Hecker, of California, and Maria Russel, of Florida; grandchildren Gina Woody, Jami Eads, Toni Farnes, Will Lucas, and Matt and Craig Cissel; 10 great-grandchildren; and godson Tom Balk, of Seattle, Washington.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Webb and Caroline Brogan; stepmother Edna Brogan; wife, Dolly Jo; second wife, Hilde; grandson Jack Brogan; brothers Pat, Jim, Dick, Bob and Mike; and sister Virginia Markman.

Arrangements are under the care of Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences may be shared at