Dan died sleeping peacefully next to his wife of 47 years at their home in Spokane Valley, WA, on February 22, 2012, following a long illness.
He is an inspiration to his family, remaining full of joy, filled with grace and
firm in his faith throughout his journey. Dan was born in Denver, CO, to Albert Gerald and Georgia Mae Boone. He graduated from Cherry Creek High School and studied business at the University of Colorado. He married Judith Boone in 1964. They were blessed with two sons, Gregory and Michael, and two grandsons, Jeffrey and Jordan. Most of Dan’s youth was spent in the country, living for a time on a ranch in the Colorado Rockies, later on acreage outside Denver. Within days of turning 18, Dan went to work for the original Frontier Airlines, so for 29 years was Daniel Boone, Frontiersman. It was Frontier that brought the family to Spokane in 1978. When the airline folded in 1986, he went back to school to study landscaping and horticulture. He owned landscape and sprinkler businesses, and later worked for the Spokane Transit Authority.
Dan loved the outdoors and animals his entire life. He did snow and water skiing, scuba diving, fishing, hiking and nature photography. He loved flying and travel. He was a musician who played clarinet, piano, guitar, fiddle, and his favorite, the banjo. Dan had a lot of wonderful adventures and many stories to tell. As his disease progressed and took away one activity after another, he never complained. He replaced them with something else. He took up cooking when he retired; took photos of what he could see from the deck when he could no longer go to the woods; continued his love of aircraft by flying with virtual airlines; and played the guitar when the banjo became too heavy to hold.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Cherrie. In addition to his wife, sons and grandsons, he is survived by his sister, Charlene Mayo of Denver, CO; and his brothers, Ed Boone of Buffalo, WY, and Ted Boone of Dallas, TX. He will also be greatly missed by his sisters-in-law, Vicki Moore and Patti Lohman of the Denver area, as well as his many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Dan and Judy want to thank his doctor, Erin Church; his Hospice of Spokane angles, Angie, Carlahn, and Debby, for their kindness and exemplary care; and the friends, neighbors and people of Manito Untied Methodist Church for their support, help, meals, and love. Please celebrate Dan’s life with us at Manito United Methodist Church, 3220 S. Grand, Spokane, on March 10, 2012, at 2:00 PM. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Spokane, PO Box 2215, Spokane, 99210; Manito United Methodist Church, PO Box 8656, Spokane, 99203; or Spokanimal, PO Box 3151, Spokane, 99202.
Community Cremation Service Spokane Valley
13127 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley, WA 99216 509-926-2020
Online guestbook: www.CommunityCremationService.com
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