Anthony Jay “TJ” Dupras, 46, of Missoula, Mont., formerly of Trenton, died on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.
A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 20 at the St. Mary Catholic Church in Trenton. A lunch will follow the Mass; it will be a time for all who loved him to come together.
He was born on Nov. 7, 1968 in Tucson, Ariz., to Billine Stuteville. He was raised by Billine and his father, Mike Dupras, along with his five sisters and brothers.
Because his father served as a non-commissioned officer (NCO) in the United States Air Force, the family traveled and lived in many different places before settling in Trenton.
Mr. Dupras graduated from Wesclin High School in 1986. His college education included community college, studying whales in Juneau, Alaska, and finally moving to Missoula to study at the University of Montana, where he received a degree in zoology. He worked for several local companies in Missoula until he found his home at ALPS Corp.
Survivors include his two sons, Max Dupras (13) and Rowley Dupras (10). Mr. Dupras was active in his sons’ classrooms and often coached many of the sports in which they were involved. He was a dedicated, extraordinary father and loved his boys with all his heart. They looked up to and idolized their daddy. Their faces lit up when he entered the room. Both boys have their father’s smile, and he will continue to live on through them.
Mr. Dupras was also talented musician, loved reading, being outdoors, sports and was a proud Eagle Scout.
He was a cherished friend to all who knew him — always willing to lend a helping hand. His zest for life and positive attitude will be deeply missed. His friends and family are many, as he touched the lives of anyone he met.
He is also survived his mother and father; brothers, Andy Dupras and Jim (Rhonda) Dupras; sisters, Tammi Dupras-Deiters, Debbie (Todd) Harrison and Kimberly (Matt) Bene; close friend, Kate Kuykendall; and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
In support of his children, ALPS Corp., has set up a trust. Donations can be made to: The TJ Dupras Memorial Trust for Rowley and Max Dupras. The trust is held at First Interstate Bank 101 E. Front St., Missoula, MT 59801.