Antonio “Tony” Espinosa

Thursday, October 15, 2020
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Antonio “Tony” Espinosa left this world on April 19, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. Dad was born in Big Wells, Texas on May 10, 1943. Growing up, his family traveled around the country to work in the fields but in 1953 they settled for good in the Fromberg/Bridger area. He lived and raised his family in Fromberg.
One day, Mom saw Dad and she told his sister Frances that she was going to marry him. Sure enough, on Feb. 3, 1965 they were married in Red Lodge and spent the next fifty-five years together raising five boys and spoiling numerous grandchildren.
And of course, we always knew where to look for Dad when we needed him-tending to whatever field or animal needed him, playing the machines at the Little Cowboy while enjoying a Rainier, tending to his little garden, watching the Green Bay Packers or boxing (back when it was fun to watch) or we would just follow the music and find him strumming his guitar, playing his harmonica or just lost in whatever tune he was listening to. We will keep following the music Dad, until we meet again!!
Dad was preceded in death by his parents Mary and Estanley Yzaguirre, sister Lupe Trevino and brothers Ysavel, Benny, Richard, and Henry Yzaguirre. Dad leaves behind his wife Mary, brother Essy (Elaine), sister Frances (John), sons Antonio, Jr. (Jeani), Steve (Cindie), Lee (Tonya), Brian (Kelly), and Thomas (Beth), grandchildren Jessica, Jennifer, Montana, Janay, B.J., Marco, Dante, Whitne, Tasha, Terra, Tiana, Tyler, Lola and Elliot and great grandchildren Leona, Alaiya and Isaiah, numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
We would like to thank so many people. Dr. Colin Fitterer: You are one of the rare ones!! You always took time to chat with Dad and you listened and cared. And of course, always had to bring up those damn Minnesota Vikings!! Bella Terra Care Center: Thank you for taking such good care of Dad, especially the nurses and aides who always had time to stop in and chat with Dad. Stillwater Hospice: Thank you does not seem like enough. You made it possible for us to bring him home to be with family and your compassion for Dad and the family towards the end was greatly appreciated. Cousins Annie and Leslie: For always taking the time to go visit!! Cousin Mandy: For always stopping in to see Dad when he was in the hospital and giving us reassuring words when we were feeling lost and the extra comfort you gave Dad in his final days. And to all the other cousins, family and friends who made the time to go visit with Dad, Thank You!! All your visits made his so happy!!
We laid Dad to rest in the Bridger Cemetery close to his Mom which is where he wanted to be. And of course, you cannot miss his resting place-Green Bay Packers lights and flags just for you Dad!! Dad, we think of you and miss you every day, but we know that you are finally free of the pain and back to strumming that guitar.
We will be having a memorial for Dad on May 8, 2021. It will be the “First Annual Tony Espinosa Memorial Fund” fundraiser. Every year the family will donate the money to a deserving charity or foundation, or to Smith Funeral Chapels to help families who may need a little extra help. An account is set up at Altana Federal Credit Union in Laurel: Metro, Tony’s Memorial Savings c/o Lee Espinosa, if anyone would like to donate. His wishes were to help, so we are going to try our best to honor those wishes!!