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ANTONIO IBARRA

HAUGAN — Mary Devine remembers the exact location of her family’s past home in the town of Haugan — right where the Exxon gas station now stands next to the Silver Dollar Saloon off of I-90. 

That’s where her brother Jeff “Ozzy” Otzwirk parked his red 1983 Chevrolet Scottsdale pickup in the driveway. For as long as she can remember, that was Otzwirk’s favorite possession. Now its legacy, along with her brother’s, lives on to this day even after Otzwirk’s passing by suicide in 1999.

Devine came back to western Montana to attend an escort and procession at Haugan’s Silver Dollar Saloon honoring her late brother, who was a U.S. Navy sailor. Dressed in her own uniform as a Nevada National Guard officer, Devine remembers her childhood growing up with her brother and other siblings where their home used to be.

“He was my little brother,” Devine said. “My sister Lynn and I used to babysit Jeff (at that house) when he was six weeks old. We were a blended family after our parents remarried, but we always treated each other like family.”

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