what a loss-great man,full of kindness
For many years, Dan was more brother than friend. I cannot think of a kinder, happier soul would showed more genuine interest in other people that Dan. I regret living so distant from Dan and Diane for the last decade. Dan personified what it means to be a best friend, especially to his wife and best of all friends, Diane. The Hansens send their love to the Miller family.
He was my insurance agent the whole time I lived in Midland. I remember once, I was being led to do something and I asked his opinion. He told me that many times in his life he thought that he was being led to do something just to find out that there was something or someone that needed to be but in the past, and this was the only way to find out for sure. He was right. He is a wonderful man, and I will miss him, dearly. To Diane and the family. We love you and our heartfelt prayers and comfort are with you always.
Having had the privilege to know and work with Dan allowed me to know his heart. Saying that Dan was a good man falls far short. He was a joy to work with and brought out the best of yourself. I was serving on the high council when he and his family left. The leadership he provided serving in the stake presidency was invaluable. He was a power to be dealt with. I shall miss him until the grand reunion of family and friends.
All day I've been thinking about the ways that Dan touched my life. Mostly, I think of the way that, no matter what my mood, he could make me laugh. Whether it was while spending time at the Miller household or running into him at church... I walked away smiling and laughing 100% of the time. I also reflect on the fact that he was such an inspirational advisor that gave me great guidance as a Bishop and clearly wanted nothing but the best for me. I still remember several of the talks he gave at BYDs back in Midland, one in particular that helped me rearrange some misplaced priorities. It's so rare to meet people who make everyone they come in contact with feel important, loved, and cared about and he could really do that. I specifically remember spending nights during youth conference sleeping over at the Millers and appreciating the fact that everyone staying there felt like a "best friend" to him. Most importantly, Dan is always someone I hoped to emulate... my prayers are with him and his family.