Daniel A. Hadley, 72, passed away at his home with family on July 23, 2014. Dan was born in Fairbanks, Alaska on March 23, 1942. Dan graduated from high school and attended School of Hard Knocks. He joined the U.S. Navy in March 1959 and was honorably discharged in December 1961. Dan moved to Anchorage after living in California and Washington in 1981 and worked for Signs by Fred from 1981-86. In 1987 he was the proud owner of The Sigman Sign Shop. Dan's legacy was to let anyone who is ever told, you have a short time to live. That you should never give up the fight or hope; that when you have hope you have everything. He continued to live life to its fullest, fishing, para gliding once, making wooden Indian whistles and turning beautiful wooden jars out of Alaska birch, and of course, spending lots of time with his grandsons. He repeatedly showed us all how to push strongly against the wall of death and enjoy the life you have, even when the percentages look bad. His family loves him dearly and will miss him until the day he gets to greet them in Heaven. In his final days, he continued to have hope that he would be heeled and trusted that God would be there; I guess he knew more than we did. As we sat lovingly with him and he gave my mom one last kiss with his final breath and we handed him off to God. He has taught us all so much, even though his transition from this life, to his life with God to always look forward to love those around you and enjoy the simple things in life. Survivors include his wife Colleen; daughter Denise; son-in-law Lonnie; grandsons Beau, Blake and Blain; sister Betty; sister-in-law Lynda; nieces Mela, Shondra, Bonnie, Stacey and Nancy; brother-in-law Michael; nephews Danny and Josh; sister-in-law Karen; great nephews Alex and Simon; and great niece Valerie. He was preceded in death by his brother Mont and parents Mary and Elmer. Arrangements are with Janssen Funeral Homes.
Janssen's Alaska Cremation Center
3804 Spenard Road Anchorage, AK 99517
Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Aug. 10, 2014