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Thane, 2009 Jameson Award winner, dies at age 89

Tuesday, August 30, 2016  
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Jeremy G. Thane 

1927-2016

Jeremy G. Thane of Missoula passed away with his loving wife by his side Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, of natural causes. He was born May 5, 1927, in Missoula to H.S. and Margaret Lucy Thane. On July 10, 1948, he married Virginia (Ginny) Knapp Thane.

Jerry served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to '46, after which he graduated from the University of Montana School of Law in 1951. He co-founded the law firm Worden Thane P.C. and practiced law for over 60 years. In 2009 he received the State Bar of Montana’s William J. Jameson Award for the highest level of professionalism and ethics.

Jeremy Thane

Throughout their 70 years together, Jerry loved sailing, skiing, golfing and traveling with Ginny. He was also a skilled woodworker and built their family home of 58 years. Jerry was committed to his Catholic faith, public service and community enrichment. He held office in the Western Montana State Bar Association, Missoula Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis and Rotary, where he was named a Paul Harris Fellow. Jerry served on the Missoula Symphony Association Board for many years, and was president from 1988-89.

Out of his commitment to the Missoula community, Jerry engaged in numerous pro-bono activities. He was named Pro-Bono Attorney of the Year in 2003 by the Missoula Family Violence Council for his outstanding efforts to end domestic violence, an issue he was passionate about. He taught Trial Tactics and Labor Law at the UM School of Law, and served as both deputy county attorney and city attorney. He was appointed to the Montana Board of Public Welfare for eight years and served as chairman from 1961-65. From 1991-95 he served on the Montana Board of Health and Environmental Sciences. As a third-generation Missoulian, he was proud to be the 2015 Irishman of the Year.

Jeremy is survived by his loving wife, Ginny; four sons and their families, Michael, Tim and Michelle, Brien and Janet, Tom and Kia; two grandchildren and their families, Levi and Shannon Thane, Anna Thane and Jesse Linn; two great grandchildren, Quentin and Ezza Rose Thane; as well as many dear nieces and nephews.

A Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at St. Anthony Parish with a lunch reception following. Jeremy will be laid to rest next to his parents at Old St. Mary’s Cemetery following the reception. In lieu of flowers, friends may make a donation to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.