Sept. 25, 1957 – Sept. 10, 2012
Rodney Dean Paris of Cody died of an accidental cause on Sept. 10, 2012. “Rod” was born Sept. 25, 1957, to Walter and Rose Ellen Paris in Missoula. During his childhood years he enjoyed outdoor recreation, sports and church activities.
Rod excelled in music and became the top trumpeter in the Montana State High School music program. In his early adult years Rod became a journeyman baker.
After settling in Billings, Rod married his sweetheart Donna Trumps. Together, they established Rod’s Big Sky Bakery. Rod and Donna were always active in church music programs. Rod coached children’s sports programs at the Billings YMCA during his years there.
In 2002, the Paris family moved to Cody. Together, with their children, the Paris family are well-known musicians throughout Cody country. Church activities, physical fitness and outdoor recreation remained his passions. He also became a certified farrier and equine dentist. Rod provided the finest baked goods at farmer’s markets in Cody, Powell and Billings. Rod loved cooking and traveled Wyoming, Utah and Montana cooking for special church events.
Rod leaves a legacy as a caring and thoughtful family man and friend with an influential spirit. After losing his ability to sing and speak, he used his diverse musical talent to voice his religious testimony.
Rod is survived by his wife, Donna, children Desta Paris, Zach (Janelle) Paris and Denae (Michael) Thomas, mother Rose Ellen Paris, brothers Gregory (Anna) Paris and Allen (Renae) Paris, stepmother Mildred Paris, grandchildren J.J. Erwin and Daisha Thomas, along with countless nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles who will miss him dearly. Rod was preceded in death by his father Sept. 2, 2011.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Big Horn Federal Bank, Rod Paris Memorial Fund. Services were held at Ballard’s Funeral Home on Sept. 15, 2012.