Brandon Lee Running Crane, 34, went with the Lord on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019.
Brandon was born Feb. 17, 1985 to Myrna Reevis and Roger “Johnny Peanut” Running Crane in Missoula. He was a proud member of the Blackfeet Tribe and often told his sons they came from strong tribal leaders; the Running Cranes, Meineke’s, Reevis, Butterfly and Yellow Owl’s. He was the first grandson so he was allowed to be the most spoiled.
He attended schools in Missoula, Browning, Heart Butte, Chemawa, SKC and BCC. He lived in Missoula during grade school and joined karate and “little griz” football. They were both his favorite activities and went well with his high-spirited behavior and awesome personality.
Growing up he had quite a sense of humor and always found a way to make people laugh. He took the time to stop and talk with everyone and introduce his sons when they were with him, he made sure family came first and he was a very good father. He loved going to Big Moon so he could hunt, fish and ride horses. He was very proud of his Indian name “inak’kiitopi (Little Rider)” given to him by his great-grandpa Goat Running Crane. He also loved to picnic, and camp during the family gatherings especially 4th of July. He enjoyed watching sports and always cheered for the Grizzlies against the Bobcats. Brandon was an avid reader and a very intelligent young man. He read every newspaper, magazine and novel laying around the house. He liked to play crib, card games, and dice, just to keep his math skills sharp and his betting spirit intact. He always said, I was born to be a gambler. As he got older and settled down in Browning, he worked for the Boarding Dorm Maintenance, Blackfeet Child Care Maintenance, and as a Rough Neck for the SST Oil Company.
Brandon is survived by his two sons, Kolton and Damon; mother Myrna; stepfather Chris; brother Thomas and sisters Sierra, Sequoia, Jessie, and Cheryl; many more aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He is proceeded in death by his father Roger “Johnny Peanut” Running Crane; grandparents Sassy and Peanut Running Crane, Geri Butterfly and Herman Reevis.
Brandon was a loving father, son, brother, and nephew, he will be missed dearly by his family and friends.