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Montana Leadership Mourns Loss Of Feaver


Political leaders across party lines at the national, state and local level publicly mourned the loss of Helena City Commissioner and longtime labor union advocate Eric Feaver.

Feaver, 77, died Wednesday, June 22, as reported by the Helena Independent Record

Thursday morning.

The Montana Federation of Public Employees, the largest union in Montana, posted to Facebook Thursday mourning the loss of its founding President.

The post detailed Feaver’s service in Vietnam as a combat medic where he earned a Combat Medical Badge and Bronze Star and cited him as “one of the longest serving elected union officials in America” for his 36 years in leadership at the Montana Education Association, MEA-MFT, and MFPE. MFPE also noted his service as vice president of the American Federation of Teachers from 2006 until his retirement in 2020.

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte said Feaver was a “committed public servant and veteran.”

“The state and city of Helena will miss his unmistakable voice,” Gianforte tweeted.

Feaver leaves behind his wife, Ellen; two daughters, Amity and Ashley; sons-in-law, Rich and TJ; and several grandsons, according to an MFPE email. Condolences can be sent to Feaver’s family at 901 Flowerree in Helena, Montana 59601, according to the MFPE post.

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