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Francis Shane Brislawn


August 22, 2019

Former Crook County resident Francis Shane Brislawn, 75, of North Pole, Alaska, died August 21, 2017, after a long battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Shane was born July 8, 1942 in the Sundance hospital to Robert E. “Bob” Brislawn and wife Genevieve Irwin Brislawn.

The youngest of five children, he grew up on the family’s Cayuse Ranch north of Oshoto, where he was active in 4-H.

Shane went to the B bar B country school, then to Sundance High School and graduated from Gillette High School. He attended Brigham Young University for two years and, later, studied five years of Latin, Japanese and Hebrew; he also studied at Liberty University for one year through the school’s satellite system. He excelled in using personal computers almost from their conception.

Shane was a horseman, trucker and poet. His book of poetry, “Who is El Eva?” is to be found in the Campbell County Public Library.

He enjoyed all the inspiring adventures of life to the fullest, living in Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, California, North Carolina, New York and finally in Alaska.

Shane is survived by his early companion Heather, their daughter Misty, his longtime partner Mary Jo, sister Dipper Brunson, brother Neil, cousin Mack Brislawn, cousin Karen Freytes and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Emmett and sister Colleen Holbrook.

Burial of his ashes took place on the second anniversary of his death, August 21, 2019, at 1 p.m. in Pine Grove Cemetery, near Oshoto.


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