Preston Grant

Thursday, June 6, 2019
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Preston Grant

Preston Grant, ‘Nii’thih ba’ a Qeit’a’, (Big Bird), 72, of Two Leggins, Montana went home to be with the Lord, while surrounded by family and friends on Saturday, March 30, 2019.

Preston was born on August 23, 1946 in Seattle, Washington to Ceceila NezPerce Grant and Benedict Chandler and adopted and raised by George Grant Sr. He lived and grew up in Hays, Montana and left to attend Flandreau High School where he graduated. Preston was then drafted into the U.S. Army where he fought in Vietnam. He was active in combat forces. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his service to his country.

On November 28, 1968, he met and married the love of his life, Sandra Stray Calf. The couple made their home in Two Leggins. Sandra gave him three beautiful children; Presina, Tami and Preston Grant Jr.

Preston Sr. was a devoted dad and grandfather. He greeted everyone with a smile.

Preston was a true cowboy through and through. He roped hard and rode tough! He loved his roping horses, “Stay Away Joe” and “Chuck.” Preston was a family man and loved being a grandfather. He lived and loved the rodeo lifestyle, chasing them white lines down the highway.

Preston was a stock contractor. For many years, he ran some of the best broncs. His favorite broncs were named, “Sweet Emma” and “Dynamite.” These horses made their rounds around the rodeo circuit, making a well-known name for Preston and the family. Preston was a great person. He was friendly to everyone he met, telling stories and jokes. Preston loved to hear people’s laughter. He would always say that laughter was the best medicine. Preston loved to talk about his grandchildren with everyone he ran into, this made his heart proud. Each grandchild had a special place in his heart.

He is preceded in death by his parents Cecielia NezPerce Grant, Benedict Chandler, George Grant Sr.; daughter Sarah ‘Penny’ Stray Calf; and grandson Sylvester Deon ‘Baby’ Stray Calf.

He is survived by his wife Sandra Grant; children Presina (RJ) Pease and Tami (Anthony) Pease, Kristy Grant, Preston (Adena) Grant Jr., Sylvester Stray Calf, Rocky (Dominica) Bearcrane, Alex Bearcrane Sr., Mitchaleen (Tom) Filesteel; adopted children Dionte’ Grant, Hosea Grant, Candace (Jeremy) Wyles, Trevor (Jasmin) Bird, Heidi Campbell, Dale (Melissa) Campbell, Sandi Campbell, Michael Campbell, Frog Campbell and Dehlyn Campbell; grandchildren Jake Running Crow, Karaya “Sissy” Pease, Jay T. Morehead, Donnie “Mugsy” Pretty Weasel, Bobby Preston Pease, Sandi Pease, Austin Stray Calf, Krishante’ Killsontop, and Preston Grant Jr.’s children.

His extended family includes, the Chandler, Grant, Bradley, Cochran, Horse Man, Yellowoldwoman, Wolf Legs, Heavy Shields, Wadsworth, Chief Body, Tail Feathers, Plaiteed, Delaney, Werks, Mont, Whiteclay, Stewart, Old Crane, Horse Capture, Walker, Filesteel, Kings, Shortman, Bear, and Hawley families, the Martha NezPerce families, the Louise Three Irons families, the Verlie Half families and the Emma Beads Don’t Mix families.

Funeral services were held April 5, 2019 at St. Dennis Catholic Church in Crow Agency, Montana. Burial with military honors followed at Fairview Cemetery in Hardin, Montana.

Bullis Mortuary was entrusted with the arrangements