Forever Bobcats


December 20, 2023

Kelly Gorham

Montana State University Bobcat football legends Dan Davies, left, and Butch Damberger are pictured in August at Bobcat Stadium in Bozeman. The lifelong friends both will be inducted into the Bobcat Athletics Hall of Fame this winter. .

When Dan Davies was growing up on a ranch south of Chinook, branding, stacking hay and three-day cattle drives were as much a part of his life as his three brothers, 25-mile trips to town and the occasional warm winter winds that gave Chinook its name.

Butch Damberger, on the other hand, grew up 150 miles west in Cut Bank. The only boy in a family of three sisters, he lived in town where he was more likely to tackle buddies in a backyard than livestock in a corral.

So how did these two become friends with futures so entwined that they will both be inducted into Montana State University's B...

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