BOZEMAN — Sonny Holland, the pride of Butte who is known as "the Greatest Bobcat" for his unrivaled success as both a football player and a coach at Montana State, died on Saturday night. He was 84.

Holland's death comes after "a courageous battle" with Parkinson's disease, his daughter Jody Delaney told 406mtsports.com on Sunday. Services will take place in December, Delaney said. A specific date is to be determined.

Sonny Holland and daughters

Former Montana State player and coach Sonny Holland poses for a photo with daughters Heidi Vinje (left), Jody Delaney and Wendy Rivers  (far right) after MSU's 48-14 win over Montana on Nov. 23, 2019 at Bobcat Stadium in Bozeman. 

Sonny Holland and Brent Vigen

Former Montana State player and coach Sonny Holland, left, poses for a photo with current MSU head coach Brent Vigen in August 2021.

Sonny Holland

Sonny Holland, pictured in 1954 at Naranche Stadium in Butte, was a football, basketball and track and field athlete at Butte High.

Sonny Holland

Sonny Holland

Sonny Holland

Sonny Holland follows the action from the sideline in this undated photograph during his Montana State coaching career.

Sonny Holland

Former Montana State University head football coach Sonny Holland photographed at Bobcat Stadium in 2011. The student section behind him was named after him.

Montana State's players and coaches touch the Sonny Holland statue before their FCS semifinal game against South Dakota State on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021 at Bobcat Stadium in Bozeman. 

Look back at the 14 coaches to serve as Montana State head football coach since the Bobcats joined the NCAA in 1957.

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