David Lee Hofstad, 70, a carpenter, died Saturday, July 13, 2013, after a 4½-year battle with lung and liver cancer.
He was born Dec. 30, 1942, in Thief River Falls, Minn., the fourth child of Iven and Mae Hofstad. His family moved to Sheridan, Wyo., in 1947. He attended elementary and middle school there before the family moved to Billings in 1955. Here he attended Lewis and Clark and Lincoln Junior High School and graduated from Senior High School in 1961.
At Senior High, he participated in track and played guard on the football team. He went to Eastern Montana College on a football scholarship but dropped off the team after a year to focus on academics. He graduated in 1965 with a bachelor of arts degree in history.
He married Patricia Schuster on July 25, 1965.
He was inducted into the Army on Dec. 30, 1965, serving at Fort Ord, Calif., Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., the Dominican Republic and Karlsruhe, Germany. He was honorably discharged in December 1967.
In the fall of 1968, he went to the University of Montana to pursue a master’s degree in history education. Two years later, he decided to quit school and follow in his father’s footsteps and become a carpenter.
He had received care at Frontier Cancer Center and RiverStone Hospice.
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Allison and Melissa; a grandson; Keegan; and sisters, Pat Frye and Mona Washut.
Services will be held next summer at Silver Gate. Arrangements are by Cremation and Funeral Gallery.
Memorials may be made to the Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter, 1735 Monad Road, Billings MT 59102; or Billings Animal Rescue Kare, 111 Moore Lane, Billings MT, 59101.