Dick Banks, 27-year Montrose Shopping Park business owner of Pams Stores, died Aug. 13 at the age of 68, losing his battle with cancer. He passed away at home with his family at his side.
He was born Sept. 16, 1936 in Havre, Mont. Shortly after graduating from the University of Montana, he moved Minneapolis to enter the women's fashion business with Buttrey Stores. He eventually became vice-president and sales manager of the 26-store company. It was in Minneapolis that he met his wife, Dana. They married in 1971 and moved to the foothills that year, joining his parents, Cliff and Jewell Banks in the children's wear business. The following spring, he greatly expanded the business, moving to a new location on Honolulu Avenue, to include women's fashions. During his tenure in the Montrose Shopping Park, he served on the MSPA Board of Directors and was advertising director for many years. Always an advocate for the improvement and issues key concerning the shopping park, he worked hard for maintaining the charm and unique quality of Montrose. Taking a brief respite after closing the store in 1998, he became involved in real estate and was with Re/Max Tri-City for five years.