Swan Songs - January 2010
Father DA Okorn
In the hope of the Resurrection, Father Dusan Anthony Okorn, 88, died on January 10 at home at The Sycamore Tree Contemplative Prayer Center in Swan Lake, Montana.
He was born on March 5, 1921 in Maribor, Slovenia. He was ordained a priest in Rome on April 6, 1947. From 1947-49, he served in Italy in Torino, Mondovi and Genoa.
Sponsored by his late Aunt Jennie Kovacic Smith of East Helena, he emigrated to Montana in 1949. For the next 60 years he served as a priest in the Diocese of Helena: as chaplain at the St. Joseph home in Helena, as assistant pastor at St. Peter's in Anaconda, St. Joseph in Butte, St. Michael in Conrad and St. Richard in Columbia Falls. He was the first pastor at St. Catherine in Bigfork (1963-1971) and pastor of St. Mary's in Stevensville (1971-1978).
In 1978-1979 he spent a sabbatical year at The Sycamore Tree and began the retreat apostolate. He was assigned as pastor of Our Lady of Swan Valley Mission from 1979-2006 with Seeley Lake from 1980-1990.
Father Okorn is survived by his sister, Rozka Dretnik, who lives in Borovnica, Slovenija, cousins Bertie (Roger) Bisson of Clancy, MT and Dr. Louis (Dorothy) Smith of Sherman Oaks, CA and nephew Jany Dretnik of London and other nephews in Slovenija.
Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on January 12 at Our Lady of Swan Valley with burial at the private cemetery at The Sycamore Tree.

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