Alan Taylor Bradley Sr.


Alan Taylor Bradley Sr.

Dillon, Beaverhead County, Montana, USA
Death 21 Feb 2005 (aged 83)
Missoula, Missoula County, Montana, USA
Burial Dillon, Beaverhead County, Montana, USA
Memorial ID 121935231 View Source

Alan Bradley Sr.

MISSOULA - On Monday, Feb. 21, 2005, Alan Bradley Sr. passed away of natural causes at Hillside Manor.

Alan was born April 3, 1921, in Armstead to Taylor A. and Dell Hunsaker Bradley. Alan spent his early years in Armstead and later in the Dillon area. He was an outstanding athlete in high school and college, labeled "the best kid pitcher in Montana" by the Montana Standard in Butte and honored as a member of the Western Montana College Hall of Fame basketball team.

Alan married Ethel Mary Forrester on Dec. 12, 1942, and they recently celebrated their 62nd anniversary.

They had four children, daughter, Elaine Kay (Robert) Sheridan of Missoula; son, Alan Jr. (Judy) of Missoula; son, Beau R. (Debra) of Twin Bridges; and daughter, Forey (Dan) Cederberg of Missoula. In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

After an honorable discharge from the Army Air Corps in 1945, Alan returned to Dillon and contracted to install electricity to many of the area ranches. This contract business evolved into Bradley Electric, which grew into Bradley Neon and moved to Missoula in 1952. Alan was mayor of Missoula from 1956 to 1959.

In 1962, it was time for a change of careers and Alan became a venture capitalist. In 1962, he founded Capital Investors Corp. in Missoula and was later elected president of the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies. As a venture capitalist, his business took him and Ethel Mary to the Puget Sound area. After a successful career, he retired in 1982 . During retirement, he built two houses and resurrected Bradley Electric which he continued to operate until his 78th birthday.

Alan's greatest love and joy was his family. He enjoyed nothing more than following the many activities of his children and grandchildren. One of their fondest memories was seeing Dad leading the pack-string into the Bob Marshall Wilderness on his favorite mare, Forest Dawn. Later in life, he looked forward to annual trips with his grandchildren to baseball spring training in Arizona.

He and Ethel Mary returned to Missoula in 2001 to be closer to their family.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at Garden City Funeral Home, 1705 West Broadway, Missoula

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Missoula Chapter of the Alzheimer Foundation.

Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home.

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