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Obituary - Manley Enright Bacon Sunrise 1958 – Sunset 2022

Manley E. Bacon, 63, passed away in Minot, North Dakota.

Wake services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 9, 2023, and will continue until his funeral service, which will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 10, 2023, all at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in the Rocky Boy Cemetery.

Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

Please visit Manley's online memorial page to send a card or leave a message of condolence for his family at https://www.hollandbonine.com .

Manley was born on April 16, 1959, in Blackfoot, ID. He was raised in Denver, CO, and Mandaree, ND, and attended school in Mandaree. While in high school, Manley excelled and made a great name as one of the best in basketball. He was a force to be reckoned with, consistently scoring high and dominating the floor. He averaged 28.3 ppg. Manley made the All-District team his junior and senior years, and made the All-State team when he was a senior. He also made the Lions All-Star team. These were his glory days.

One of his many highlights of his basketball career included scoring 51 points in a single game on home court in Mandaree, and another was when he surpassed the record that his brother-in-law Gerald "Tex" Fox set, prior to when the 3-point line came into existence. This was also a grandiose feat for him, and a banner is posted in his honor in the gymnasium at Mandaree. It says "Manley Bacon 1100 career points - Hall of Fame - Lions all-star game, most points in a BB game - 51 points - 02/01/1977. Average points per game - 28.3 - 76-77 season."

Manley loved the game, always playing with heart and soul, but he never boasted about it. He was legend in his own right. He had many fans too, and some would say he was their hero because he made a great lasting impression on them. Manley received a basketball scholarship to attend Mary College in Bismarck, ND, and he later attended college at Lake Region College in Devils Lake, ND.

Manley lived life on his terms, liberated and a free spirit. While in high school, he had "best" friends/brothers, including Wade Baker, Davis Monogram, Tom Beaks, Matt Hunts Along, and many others. Throughout his travels he met and made many friends. He loved to visit and talk about basketball, of course. Although the visits we all had with him were far and few between, Manley was always in good spirits and he was happy to see us. Manley is most remembered for his sense of humor, he was respectable and very friendly. He truly was one of a kind.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Bacon and Alice Day Child Yellow Wolf; brothers Frank Bacon and Manuel Bacon; and sister Gail Bacon Burbank.

Manley is survived by his brothers Henry Day Child Sr. and Allen Bacon, both of Rocky Boy, Montana; sisters April Fox, Aurora Colorado, and Janet Bacon, all of Rocky Boy, Montana, and Emily (Chad) Connor of Mandan, ND; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, cousins, and other extended family and friends.

 

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