The Passing of Friends of MIB

We at MIB were saddened to hear of the recent passing of two long-time leaders in Montana’s banking community.

Donald Vondra was President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of United Bank in Absarokee. While vacationing with friends in Mazatlan, Mexico, Don Vondra passed away Jan. 11, 2015, due to medical complications. In the summer of 1980, Don and his family moved to Absarokee, and Don began his banking career. With his “I can do anything” attitude he learned the business and later with friends and investors purchased the United Bank of Absarokee. He grew this bank and eventually expanded by building two additional banks, one in Columbus and one in Laurel.  Don had become a member of MIB in 2014 and we enjoyed getting to know him at our last convention. He was a great guy and a tremendous community banker.

Don’s full obituary can be read here:

Keith Colbo passed away in January in Missoula after an extended illness.  Keith served as executive director of MIB for fourteen years, from 1994-2006. Keith also had an impressive lifetime of work for the State of Montana.  He served as assistant budget director to Governor Tim Babcock, as budget director to Governor Forrest Anderson, as the first director of the Department of Revenue, as the first director of the new Department of Budget and Program Planning, as chief of staff to Governor Judge, as director of Social and Rehabilitation Services, as director of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and as chief of staff to Governor Ted Schwinden. He was also appointed to the new Northwest Power Planning Council as chairman and was director of the Department of Commerce. We wish to express our thanks for Keith’s years of faithful service, and sympathy to his family for his passing.

Keith’s full obituary can be read here: