On Dec. 23, 1985, Jan and Frank Shanks received an early Christmas gift with the arrival of Dylan Tressler Shanks.
Dylan spent his early childhood years in Glasgow, Mont., and was an active and talented athlete in multiple sports (excelling in baseball!). His family eventually moved to Columbus, Mont., where he graduated from high school.
During his adolescence and high school years, his athletic focus changed from traditional sports to developing a true appreciation and enjoyment of the solace provided while spending time in nature. Snowboarding became a passion that he continued to enjoy at every opportunity, especially in the backcountry. Hiking, camping, fishing and spending time on the water were cherished times for Dylan.
Dylan became intrigued with the home brewing process of beer and this interest became a career path that engaged his amazing creativity and allowed him to experience incredible personal success in the artisan brewing world, working as a lead brewer for Red Lodge Ales and most recently at Wildlife Brewing in Victor, Idaho.
Dylan’s outgoing personality and crazy sense of humor endeared him to countless friends of all ages throughout Montana and his new Idaho home.
On April 25, 2016, a new star appeared in the early morning sky as Dylan left his earthly home to watch over the family and friends that love him dearly. He leaves behind his loving parents of Red Lodge, brothers Paige Shanks (Rebecca) of Bozeman, and Mason Shanks (Jami Lindgren) of Billings, nephew Porter Shanks of Bozeman, grandmother Gloria Shanks Glasgow, uncle Leo Shanks (Lori) of Roundup, aunts Melody Lind (Jim) of Polson, Jacquie Tressler Budde (Michael) of Bozeman, Jill Tressler of Bozeman, and numerous great aunts, great uncles, cousins and last but not least, his always faithful canine companion, Sesi.
He joins his departed loved ones, grandparents Frank Shanks Sr. and Byron and Lois Tressler.
A celebration of Dylan’s life will be held at Red Lodge Ales in Red Lodge, Mont., on Saturday May 7, 2016, starting at 2:30 p.m. Please come and share your memories of this very special man with his family and friends. Cheers!
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com