David J. Malin

Thursday, July 25, 2019
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David Jerome Malin “Big Dave” passed away at his home in Roberts on July 15, 2019. He was born Nov. 18, 1954 to Jerome and Rose Mary (Mezera) Malin in Onalaska, Wisconsin.  Dave graduated from Onalaska High School where he was a star athlete all four years.  He moved to Red Lodge, Montana, and had made his home there for the past 42 years.  Dave married Danielle Karas in Sept. 26, 1984 and they later divorced. They had two children, their son Karas (passed in 1985) and their daughter Mackenzie.

Dave was a chef for many years at Piney Dell and Natalies Café. He then found a love for carpentry. He had his own business for many years and built many beautiful homes all around the Red Lodge area. Dave loved anything involving a good time. Between skiing, softball, hunting, traveling, horseshoes and anything involving the outdoors, he always found new friends. His smile was infectious to all. Whether dancing all-night or relaxing under his pergola, he always had a smile on his face. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and the entire community. 

David is survived by his daughter, Mackenzie (Steve) Alexander and their children, Haley and William.  He is further survived by his father and stepmother, Jerome and Alice Malin, Onalaska, Wisconsin, siblings, Catherine (Robert Maxwell), Albuquerque, New Mexico, Patricia Malin (Joe Smith), Minneapolis, Minnesota, Julie Malin, Kevin (Sue) Malin, Onalaska, Wisconsin and Chris Malin, Plantation, Florida, stepbrother, Robert (Kathy) Heim of Colfax, Wisconsin, and stepsister, Jean Happel, (Dean Ranzenberger) of Spring Grove, Minnesota.  Other survivors include his aunts, Emaline Garavalia and Dorothy Luckason as well as many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Rose Mary, infant son, Karas, and grandparents, Vincent and Catherine Mezera and Joseph and Mae Malin.

A Celebration of Life (Dave style) will be Sunday, July 28 at his home, 54 Cherry Springs Road, Roberts, Montana, 4 p.m. Food, beer, music, horseshoes and a good time will be provided just as he always liked to do. 

Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

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  • Monday, August 26, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 7:00pm
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    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.

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