Donald R. Duncan, 61 of Red Lodge, MT, passed away on February 23, 2020 at Billings Clinic due to complications following surgery. Don was born on August 19, 1958 in Harlowton, MT to James and Norma (Gwaltney) Duncan. He joined his two brothers Bob and Bill. Don grew up on a ranch along the Musselshell River, before the family moved to Three Forks where he graduated from high school and excelled in athletics running track, playing football and basketball. He went on to attend MSU for a short time before moving to California. He lived in California for 6 years before moving back home to Montana. Don had a caring nature and throughout his adult life he served people with disabilities; working in group homes, serving as a counselor, supervising the job services including the Recycling Center, and coaching Special Olympics. Don worked for Beartooth Industries in Red Lodge where his clients became his friends.
In addition to caring for people with disabilities, Don had a true passion and love for animals. He worked at the Beartooth Nature Center for 17 years as their animal caretaker. He had a special bond with all the animals at the Center, especially Lewis and Clark, the pair of Mountain Lions he raised from cubs. Don had a true gift when it came to animals…a Dr. Doolittle of sorts. He retired from the Nature Center 5 years ago but his love and passion for the animals sustained until his passing. He was known around Red Lodge and recognized by his license plates ZOOMAN. You can find a video of his interactions with the animals at the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GDd4QC1H1Y. Family and friends have so many amazing stories of Don and will remember his gifts and talents with the animals at the Beartooth Nature Center as well as farm animals and family pets throughout the years.
Don is survived by his mother Norma Duncan of Billings; brothers Bob (Rhonda) Duncan of Coeur d’Alene, ID and Bill (Kaye) Duncan of Billings; and several aunts and uncles; and his nieces and nephews. Don never had children of his own, but he was always the favorite uncle! He was preceded in death by his father Jim and all of his grandparents.
Cremation has taken place. Don requested no services, and his cremated remains will be scattered in some of his favorite locations. Heights Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.