×

Make Sure gil Is Not Alone This Holiday Season

Your contributions to gil's journal this year made sure that they never felt alone. Your tax-deductible donation in gil's honor will make sure that Caringbridge continues to bring hope and healing to those who need it most.

Donate Now

Guestbook

Use PNG, JPG or GIF files (Max 3MB)

Read Guestbook Entries

Jason Hayek
Jason Hayek
I just learned today of Gil's passing.  He was a long-time figurehead for MSU accounting students.  My first position in public accounting was working for someone who was a MSU student back in the 70's and had nothing but high praise.  When I transferred to MSU, I immediately took steps to have him as my adviser.  
I still remember his advice, "don't waste time in college, take the courses you need to graduate and then get out there and find a good job".  We stopped by the college a few years back on our way through town and he had already left MSU, but we were not informed of his health issues.
He will always be remembered as an extremely ethical and well grounded individual.  My condolences.
Phil Crain
Phil Crain
Thanks Andy for having the confidence in my computerese to send the log-in info that allowed me to post the new Journal entry this morning. (It was done by persistence, not genius by the way).
It feels like I have reached the summit of the peak right now, having worked persistently with Nature Conservancy on Gil's legacy for the last year or so, and it has culminated in what I feel is a great tribute to Gil that will provide him with probably more immortality than most of us will ever have.  
Wanda and I intend to visit the Pine Butte Guest Ranch to experience the Gil Crain Natural History Workshops, probably the hiking one, but will wait until at least next year after they get the full change made crediting Gil.  We hope that you will also be able to visit the ranch.
Phil Crain
Phil Crain
We will be posting in the next 60 days or so about Gil's trust, and that Nature Conservancy will be placing a bronze plaque and Gil's picture at one of their premium facilities in Montana. Just want to let you know to watch for it.  Will have pictures and more details then.
Bonita Peterson Kramer
Bonita Peterson Kramer
Thanks, Phil.  Also, I want to let you and your family know that Gil is missed.  In fact, I was just thinking of something he had told me awhile back that made me smile and got me to check this website again.

Also, you might be interested in knowing my family and I were visiting Yellowstone National Park again last September.  It was a beautiful fall day -- we were driving on Dunraven Pass near Mt. Washburn and saw the only grizzly bear of our weekend...he ambled out of some woods and slowly walked across a meadow, disappearing into the woods on the other side.  He was beautiful.  But what was most amazing is that we saw him EXACTLY at the turnoff to the gravel road where Gil's ashes are...can't help but think it was Gil saying "hey" somehow.  On an earlier trip last year I met Ranger John for the first time -- one of Gil's best buds in the park -- purely by coincidence.  It was a wonderful meeting...but both Ranger John and I aren't so sure it was coincidence.  :)

Bonita 
jerrie yehling
jerrie yehling
Hello, Gil`s family, you would not know me, but I grew up in Monee and rode the schoolbus with Gil-I remember him well, so nice-I was so pleased a few years ago to hear of his sucesses, then so sad to hear he was ill. I wish I had known a way to send a Hi out to him. My Dad -C.H. Yehling-was one of the scout leaders in Monee and I believe they went to Canada many times-at least I know the house was full of young fellas getting ready for the trip each summer. I very likely have some old pictures of Gil among the slides my Dad took of their trips and scout meetings. Anyway, I wanted to say that if even I can remembr someone that long that person had to be memorable, and Gil was, for his kindness. Thank you, jerrie Yehling
Debra Anthony
Debra Anthony
Dear Carolinn, Boyd and Carolyn,

Thank you for your kind thoughts to our family. We miss Gil so much. We're happy to hear how he impacted your life.

Carolyn, I remember you from childhood. Gil told me you had been in touch and sent some pictures. I'm sorry about your sister passing so young. I tried to send you an email, but received a notice the account was not available. Maybe you can try emailing me. Debra
Carolinn Shibley
Carolinn Shibley
Dear Family and Friends of Gil Grain,

Gil was my most loved governmental/non-profit accounting professor and I find it difficult to express in words my sadness at losing such a fine teacher, mentor, and friend. I last heard from Gil early in 2008 and still had no idea he was so ill. I just found out about his passing and am shocked with all the communications I get from MSU that I just read about this. How I would love to have been at his memorial party and shared some class stories.

I loved Gil and everything he stood for and believed in. We shared similar passions for quality and excellence in governmental accounting, nature, life and sports (and he did have the last laugh as the the Fighting Illini beat OSU pretty bad last time). I haven't seen him in many years, but I miss him so much just knowing I won't have that chance. He said he would stop and see me next time he went through Ohio and I looked forward to that.

Gil inspired, motivated, assisted, and went above and beyond the call to help students. Never appeared to be bothered by trivial questions, always had a sense of humor and was outstanding in his field. I am so lucky to have studied under him, to have known him, and to be able to call him a friend.

I will miss you Gil and I hope you know how much you did for me while I was trying to find my way through college. I know you were instrumental in my receiving the 1994 GFOA scholarship and I was honored that you took so much time to help me achieve my goals. You made a difference in my education and in my life. Thank you. God bless those you left behind that love you and will miss you all the days to come.

Carolinn Shibley
Carolyn Rowley
Carolyn Rowley
Dear Gwen, Amy & Andy, I just today found this. I have fond memories of growing up with Gil & the rest of the Crain clan in Monee. I emailed him in 2006, after my sister, Christine Erikson, passed away, and sent him some old photos of all of us in Sunday school. I regret now that I didn't stop in Montana to see him on my trip to Alaska that summer. I am so sorry for your loss. Please pass my condolescences on to Phil & Debbie, also. Carolyn (Erikson) Rowley
Katy Brandis
Katy Brandis
Hi Gwen, Andy, Amy, and other friends.

I am so sorry we missed the party. I had been checking the webiste, but I missed it. Drat. Michael and I reconnected with Gil when we moved back to Bozeman and I landed an adjunct job teaching at the Business School. Gil's office was next to mine and I meandered over quite a bit. Our friendship picked up as though the six years of no contact had never passed. We had him over for dinner a few times. He even came to the 10 year Patagonia reunion bash and was his usual outgoing self.

For those who don't know, Gil and Gwen adopted me when I came to Bozeman at the ripe age of 22. They welcomed me into their home and I stayed and stayed and stayed. I distinctly remember sitting on the couch to watch Bill Clinton win his first term presidency.

Of course Gil was the same welcoming person when we finally made it back to Bozeman. Even though our circumstances had changed (he was single and we have little wee ones), he always provided great advice and a refreshing perspective on how to live and have fun.

Andy and Amy -- he was very proud of you both. I heard a lot about you both over the years and he was honored to be your father. He really enjoyed Andy's wedding and spending time with his family. I am so glad he had that time before his health declined.

He will be sorely missed. You all take good care. Again, I am so sorry we missed the bash. We will toast him this evening.

Fondly,

katy brandis & michael vlases (and Claire and Ursula)
Jason  Bruggeman
Jason Bruggeman
Gil,

I'm greatly saddened by your passing and, unfortunately, just found out what you've been through over the past year. I first met Gil in summer of 2000 doing volunteer work in Yellowstone National Park and became a good friend. After I moved to Bozeman in 2001 we had some more adventures in Yellowstone (remember Thanksgiving on Fawn Creek Pass and the ill-fated trip up to the east boundary?), helped each other out a bit, and got together somewhat regularly for some beers. Unfortunately, I lost touch with you over the past year since I moved to Minnesota. I'm sure you're somewhere where you're hiking around Yellowstone, running bear jams in the park, and driving your sports cars along winding Montana roads. I'll drink a beer for you tonight, my friend.

Jason
Dianne McKay
Dianne McKay
I was very sorry to hear of Gil's passing. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. I was Gil's friend back in the GASB days and lost touch after a career move took me away from observing the board meetings and the board's activities. We enjoyed hanging out with the "governmental accounting group," laughing and drinking red wine.
Jason Hayek
Jason Hayek
I just learned today of Gil's passing.  He was a long-time figurehead for MSU accounting students.  My first position in public accounting was working for someone who was a MSU student back in the 70's and had nothing but high praise.  When I transferred to MSU, I immediately took steps to have him as my adviser.  
I still remember his advice, "don't waste time in college, take the courses you need to graduate and then get out there and find a good job".  We stopped by the college a few years back on our way through town and he had already left MSU, but we were not informed of his health issues.
He will always be remembered as an extremely ethical and well grounded individual.  My condolences.
Phil Crain
Phil Crain
Thanks Andy for having the confidence in my computerese to send the log-in info that allowed me to post the new Journal entry this morning. (It was done by persistence, not genius by the way).
It feels like I have reached the summit of the peak right now, having worked persistently with Nature Conservancy on Gil's legacy for the last year or so, and it has culminated in what I feel is a great tribute to Gil that will provide him with probably more immortality than most of us will ever have.  
Wanda and I intend to visit the Pine Butte Guest Ranch to experience the Gil Crain Natural History Workshops, probably the hiking one, but will wait until at least next year after they get the full change made crediting Gil.  We hope that you will also be able to visit the ranch.
Phil Crain
Phil Crain
We will be posting in the next 60 days or so about Gil's trust, and that Nature Conservancy will be placing a bronze plaque and Gil's picture at one of their premium facilities in Montana. Just want to let you know to watch for it.  Will have pictures and more details then.
Debra Anthony
Debra Anthony
Dear Carolinn, Boyd and Carolyn,

Thank you for your kind thoughts to our family. We miss Gil so much. We're happy to hear how he impacted your life.

Carolyn, I remember you from childhood. Gil told me you had been in touch and sent some pictures. I'm sorry about your sister passing so young. I tried to send you an email, but received a notice the account was not available. Maybe you can try emailing me. Debra
Jason  Bruggeman
Jason Bruggeman
Gil,

I'm greatly saddened by your passing and, unfortunately, just found out what you've been through over the past year. I first met Gil in summer of 2000 doing volunteer work in Yellowstone National Park and became a good friend. After I moved to Bozeman in 2001 we had some more adventures in Yellowstone (remember Thanksgiving on Fawn Creek Pass and the ill-fated trip up to the east boundary?), helped each other out a bit, and got together somewhat regularly for some beers. Unfortunately, I lost touch with you over the past year since I moved to Minnesota. I'm sure you're somewhere where you're hiking around Yellowstone, running bear jams in the park, and driving your sports cars along winding Montana roads. I'll drink a beer for you tonight, my friend.

Jason
Bonita Peterson Kramer
Bonita Peterson Kramer
Thanks, Phil.  Also, I want to let you and your family know that Gil is missed.  In fact, I was just thinking of something he had told me awhile back that made me smile and got me to check this website again.

Also, you might be interested in knowing my family and I were visiting Yellowstone National Park again last September.  It was a beautiful fall day -- we were driving on Dunraven Pass near Mt. Washburn and saw the only grizzly bear of our weekend...he ambled out of some woods and slowly walked across a meadow, disappearing into the woods on the other side.  He was beautiful.  But what was most amazing is that we saw him EXACTLY at the turnoff to the gravel road where Gil's ashes are...can't help but think it was Gil saying "hey" somehow.  On an earlier trip last year I met Ranger John for the first time -- one of Gil's best buds in the park -- purely by coincidence.  It was a wonderful meeting...but both Ranger John and I aren't so sure it was coincidence.  :)

Bonita 
jerrie yehling
jerrie yehling
Hello, Gil`s family, you would not know me, but I grew up in Monee and rode the schoolbus with Gil-I remember him well, so nice-I was so pleased a few years ago to hear of his sucesses, then so sad to hear he was ill. I wish I had known a way to send a Hi out to him. My Dad -C.H. Yehling-was one of the scout leaders in Monee and I believe they went to Canada many times-at least I know the house was full of young fellas getting ready for the trip each summer. I very likely have some old pictures of Gil among the slides my Dad took of their trips and scout meetings. Anyway, I wanted to say that if even I can remembr someone that long that person had to be memorable, and Gil was, for his kindness. Thank you, jerrie Yehling
Carolinn Shibley
Carolinn Shibley
Dear Family and Friends of Gil Grain,

Gil was my most loved governmental/non-profit accounting professor and I find it difficult to express in words my sadness at losing such a fine teacher, mentor, and friend. I last heard from Gil early in 2008 and still had no idea he was so ill. I just found out about his passing and am shocked with all the communications I get from MSU that I just read about this. How I would love to have been at his memorial party and shared some class stories.

I loved Gil and everything he stood for and believed in. We shared similar passions for quality and excellence in governmental accounting, nature, life and sports (and he did have the last laugh as the the Fighting Illini beat OSU pretty bad last time). I haven't seen him in many years, but I miss him so much just knowing I won't have that chance. He said he would stop and see me next time he went through Ohio and I looked forward to that.

Gil inspired, motivated, assisted, and went above and beyond the call to help students. Never appeared to be bothered by trivial questions, always had a sense of humor and was outstanding in his field. I am so lucky to have studied under him, to have known him, and to be able to call him a friend.

I will miss you Gil and I hope you know how much you did for me while I was trying to find my way through college. I know you were instrumental in my receiving the 1994 GFOA scholarship and I was honored that you took so much time to help me achieve my goals. You made a difference in my education and in my life. Thank you. God bless those you left behind that love you and will miss you all the days to come.

Carolinn Shibley
Carolyn Rowley
Carolyn Rowley
Dear Gwen, Amy & Andy, I just today found this. I have fond memories of growing up with Gil & the rest of the Crain clan in Monee. I emailed him in 2006, after my sister, Christine Erikson, passed away, and sent him some old photos of all of us in Sunday school. I regret now that I didn't stop in Montana to see him on my trip to Alaska that summer. I am so sorry for your loss. Please pass my condolescences on to Phil & Debbie, also. Carolyn (Erikson) Rowley
Katy Brandis
Katy Brandis
Hi Gwen, Andy, Amy, and other friends.

I am so sorry we missed the party. I had been checking the webiste, but I missed it. Drat. Michael and I reconnected with Gil when we moved back to Bozeman and I landed an adjunct job teaching at the Business School. Gil's office was next to mine and I meandered over quite a bit. Our friendship picked up as though the six years of no contact had never passed. We had him over for dinner a few times. He even came to the 10 year Patagonia reunion bash and was his usual outgoing self.

For those who don't know, Gil and Gwen adopted me when I came to Bozeman at the ripe age of 22. They welcomed me into their home and I stayed and stayed and stayed. I distinctly remember sitting on the couch to watch Bill Clinton win his first term presidency.

Of course Gil was the same welcoming person when we finally made it back to Bozeman. Even though our circumstances had changed (he was single and we have little wee ones), he always provided great advice and a refreshing perspective on how to live and have fun.

Andy and Amy -- he was very proud of you both. I heard a lot about you both over the years and he was honored to be your father. He really enjoyed Andy's wedding and spending time with his family. I am so glad he had that time before his health declined.

He will be sorely missed. You all take good care. Again, I am so sorry we missed the bash. We will toast him this evening.

Fondly,

katy brandis & michael vlases (and Claire and Ursula)
Dianne McKay
Dianne McKay
I was very sorry to hear of Gil's passing. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. I was Gil's friend back in the GASB days and lost touch after a career move took me away from observing the board meetings and the board's activities. We enjoyed hanging out with the "governmental accounting group," laughing and drinking red wine.
Jason Hayek
Jason Hayek
I just learned today of Gil's passing.  He was a long-time figurehead for MSU accounting students.  My first position in public accounting was working for someone who was a MSU student back in the 70's and had nothing but high praise.  When I transferred to MSU, I immediately took steps to have him as my adviser.  
I still remember his advice, "don't waste time in college, take the courses you need to graduate and then get out there and find a good job".  We stopped by the college a few years back on our way through town and he had already left MSU, but we were not informed of his health issues.
He will always be remembered as an extremely ethical and well grounded individual.  My condolences.
Carolinn Shibley
Carolinn Shibley
Dear Family and Friends of Gil Grain,

Gil was my most loved governmental/non-profit accounting professor and I find it difficult to express in words my sadness at losing such a fine teacher, mentor, and friend. I last heard from Gil early in 2008 and still had no idea he was so ill. I just found out about his passing and am shocked with all the communications I get from MSU that I just read about this. How I would love to have been at his memorial party and shared some class stories.

I loved Gil and everything he stood for and believed in. We shared similar passions for quality and excellence in governmental accounting, nature, life and sports (and he did have the last laugh as the the Fighting Illini beat OSU pretty bad last time). I haven't seen him in many years, but I miss him so much just knowing I won't have that chance. He said he would stop and see me next time he went through Ohio and I looked forward to that.

Gil inspired, motivated, assisted, and went above and beyond the call to help students. Never appeared to be bothered by trivial questions, always had a sense of humor and was outstanding in his field. I am so lucky to have studied under him, to have known him, and to be able to call him a friend.

I will miss you Gil and I hope you know how much you did for me while I was trying to find my way through college. I know you were instrumental in my receiving the 1994 GFOA scholarship and I was honored that you took so much time to help me achieve my goals. You made a difference in my education and in my life. Thank you. God bless those you left behind that love you and will miss you all the days to come.

Carolinn Shibley
Dianne McKay
Dianne McKay
I was very sorry to hear of Gil's passing. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. I was Gil's friend back in the GASB days and lost touch after a career move took me away from observing the board meetings and the board's activities. We enjoyed hanging out with the "governmental accounting group," laughing and drinking red wine.
Phil Crain
Phil Crain
We will be posting in the next 60 days or so about Gil's trust, and that Nature Conservancy will be placing a bronze plaque and Gil's picture at one of their premium facilities in Montana. Just want to let you know to watch for it.  Will have pictures and more details then.
jerrie yehling
jerrie yehling
Hello, Gil`s family, you would not know me, but I grew up in Monee and rode the schoolbus with Gil-I remember him well, so nice-I was so pleased a few years ago to hear of his sucesses, then so sad to hear he was ill. I wish I had known a way to send a Hi out to him. My Dad -C.H. Yehling-was one of the scout leaders in Monee and I believe they went to Canada many times-at least I know the house was full of young fellas getting ready for the trip each summer. I very likely have some old pictures of Gil among the slides my Dad took of their trips and scout meetings. Anyway, I wanted to say that if even I can remembr someone that long that person had to be memorable, and Gil was, for his kindness. Thank you, jerrie Yehling
Katy Brandis
Katy Brandis
Hi Gwen, Andy, Amy, and other friends.

I am so sorry we missed the party. I had been checking the webiste, but I missed it. Drat. Michael and I reconnected with Gil when we moved back to Bozeman and I landed an adjunct job teaching at the Business School. Gil's office was next to mine and I meandered over quite a bit. Our friendship picked up as though the six years of no contact had never passed. We had him over for dinner a few times. He even came to the 10 year Patagonia reunion bash and was his usual outgoing self.

For those who don't know, Gil and Gwen adopted me when I came to Bozeman at the ripe age of 22. They welcomed me into their home and I stayed and stayed and stayed. I distinctly remember sitting on the couch to watch Bill Clinton win his first term presidency.

Of course Gil was the same welcoming person when we finally made it back to Bozeman. Even though our circumstances had changed (he was single and we have little wee ones), he always provided great advice and a refreshing perspective on how to live and have fun.

Andy and Amy -- he was very proud of you both. I heard a lot about you both over the years and he was honored to be your father. He really enjoyed Andy's wedding and spending time with his family. I am so glad he had that time before his health declined.

He will be sorely missed. You all take good care. Again, I am so sorry we missed the bash. We will toast him this evening.

Fondly,

katy brandis & michael vlases (and Claire and Ursula)
Phil Crain
Phil Crain
Thanks Andy for having the confidence in my computerese to send the log-in info that allowed me to post the new Journal entry this morning. (It was done by persistence, not genius by the way).
It feels like I have reached the summit of the peak right now, having worked persistently with Nature Conservancy on Gil's legacy for the last year or so, and it has culminated in what I feel is a great tribute to Gil that will provide him with probably more immortality than most of us will ever have.  
Wanda and I intend to visit the Pine Butte Guest Ranch to experience the Gil Crain Natural History Workshops, probably the hiking one, but will wait until at least next year after they get the full change made crediting Gil.  We hope that you will also be able to visit the ranch.
Bonita Peterson Kramer
Bonita Peterson Kramer
Thanks, Phil.  Also, I want to let you and your family know that Gil is missed.  In fact, I was just thinking of something he had told me awhile back that made me smile and got me to check this website again.

Also, you might be interested in knowing my family and I were visiting Yellowstone National Park again last September.  It was a beautiful fall day -- we were driving on Dunraven Pass near Mt. Washburn and saw the only grizzly bear of our weekend...he ambled out of some woods and slowly walked across a meadow, disappearing into the woods on the other side.  He was beautiful.  But what was most amazing is that we saw him EXACTLY at the turnoff to the gravel road where Gil's ashes are...can't help but think it was Gil saying "hey" somehow.  On an earlier trip last year I met Ranger John for the first time -- one of Gil's best buds in the park -- purely by coincidence.  It was a wonderful meeting...but both Ranger John and I aren't so sure it was coincidence.  :)

Bonita 
Debra Anthony
Debra Anthony
Dear Carolinn, Boyd and Carolyn,

Thank you for your kind thoughts to our family. We miss Gil so much. We're happy to hear how he impacted your life.

Carolyn, I remember you from childhood. Gil told me you had been in touch and sent some pictures. I'm sorry about your sister passing so young. I tried to send you an email, but received a notice the account was not available. Maybe you can try emailing me. Debra
Carolyn Rowley
Carolyn Rowley
Dear Gwen, Amy & Andy, I just today found this. I have fond memories of growing up with Gil & the rest of the Crain clan in Monee. I emailed him in 2006, after my sister, Christine Erikson, passed away, and sent him some old photos of all of us in Sunday school. I regret now that I didn't stop in Montana to see him on my trip to Alaska that summer. I am so sorry for your loss. Please pass my condolescences on to Phil & Debbie, also. Carolyn (Erikson) Rowley
Jason  Bruggeman
Jason Bruggeman
Gil,

I'm greatly saddened by your passing and, unfortunately, just found out what you've been through over the past year. I first met Gil in summer of 2000 doing volunteer work in Yellowstone National Park and became a good friend. After I moved to Bozeman in 2001 we had some more adventures in Yellowstone (remember Thanksgiving on Fawn Creek Pass and the ill-fated trip up to the east boundary?), helped each other out a bit, and got together somewhat regularly for some beers. Unfortunately, I lost touch with you over the past year since I moved to Minnesota. I'm sure you're somewhere where you're hiking around Yellowstone, running bear jams in the park, and driving your sports cars along winding Montana roads. I'll drink a beer for you tonight, my friend.

Jason