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Montana State announces service to honor Conner Firstman

Published On: Apr 09 2014 07:33:59 PM MDT

Montana State saw one of its own taken to soon this year, when Conner Firstman unexpectedly lost his battle with cancer on March 1st.

On Wednesday, the school announced they will hold a service to honor Conner's life on April 26th at Bobcat Stadium.

Conner was a student and the sports videographer for the Montana State athletic teams. Conner created the videos fans saw on the big screens at the football and basketball games, along with highlight videos and promotional videos for athletes and fans online.

Leslie Masterpaul, Montana State's Assistant Sports Information Director, was Conner's supervisor while he interned in the sports video department. She says she can't think of a better way to honor Conner's life.

"I think it's great," said Masterpaul. "Conner means the world to me and he always will. He was always willing to do anything we asked him."

The service will begin at 4 p.m., but Masterpaul wants to make sure the community knows that anyone can attend.

"This is not just an athletic event," Masterpaul said. "This a campus and community wide celebration of all of the wonderful things that Conner brought to each and every one of our lives. He has family and friends coming from Portland. It's just a very loving group of people that want to celebrate all of his contributions."

Montana State has also created a scholarship in Conner's name. Donations can be made to the "Conner Firstman 'Film Like a Champion' Scholarship," which can be found at www.msuaf.org/give-firstman.

Masterpaul says the scholarship is in the beginning phases, but they felt this was another way to honor all Conner has done at Montana State.

"We planned this with his family in conjunction with the film and athletic department," Masterpaul said. "We would like to make this for a position like Conner, a film student who can bring their talents to Bobcat Athletics."

Masterpaul said there is no place Conner would have wanted this service to be other than the place where he spent Saturdays in the fall.

"I'm excited for all of us to be able to share our memories of him in one setting," Masterpaul said. "In one of his favorite places, Bobcat Stadium."