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Marion L. McDaniel


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Marion L. McDaniel Obituary
Marion L. McDaniel, 78, of Challis, Idaho, passed away at his home in the presence of his sister on Saturday, January 23, 2016.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday February 6, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Challis. Viewing will be in the Relief Society Room from 10:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m.
The burial will be in the Springfield – Sterling Cemetery on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 2 p.m. in Springfield.
Marion L. McDaniel was born on February 24, 1937 in Bancroft, Idaho to John Milton and Rachel Leona Johnson McDaniel. His family lived in Bancroft, Blackfoot and moved to Challis, Idaho in 1949 so his mother could manage the Challis Hospital.
Marion attended school at Irving and St. Margaret's in Blackfoot and Challis High School in Challis graduating in 1956 as a "A" student. During high school he was class president his Sophomore year, Class Secretary and on the paper staff his Junior year, and co-manager of the football team his Senior year.
Marion graduated from ISU with an Associate's Degree in Soil Conservation in 1958. After graduating he worked for Zwieghart Meat Packing Company in Blackfoot and at the ranch in Ellis. From 1969 to 1972 Marion attended Idaho State University. In 1972 Marion graduated from the College of Liberal Arts with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology. Marion had an outstanding scholastic record there.
After graduating he started to work for the Challis National Forest Service and received many awards from the Forest Service and Challis Community. Marion entered his GTO and won Challis Classy Chassis 8th Annual Show and Shine on June 2, 2012 for the best of show and people's choice - sponsored by the Thompson Creek Mining Company.
After retiring from the Forest Service, Marion became interested in Family History and spent many hours researching his ancestors and his heritage. He spent hours rebuilding the Sunbeam Museum in Sunbeam, Idaho, and North Custer Museum in Challis, Idaho. Marion was President of the North Custer Museum in Challis, Idaho and also the Foundation President.
Marion was doing his Family History all day Friday and also Saturday, until about three hours before he passed away.
He is survived by two sisters, Arleen Holzapfel of McKinney, Texas, and Lucile Stecklein of Blackfoot, Idaho; one brother, Frederick (Lynn) McDaniel of Chubbuck, Idaho; one sister-in-law, Helen McDaniel of Alamo, Nevada; 13 nieces and nephews, numerous cousins and great-grand nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Dick McDaniel, and two brothers-in-law, Bob Holzapfel and Elmer Stecklein.
For a complete obituary, please see online at www.jonesandcaseyfh.com. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to North Custer Museum, Challis, Idaho. Arrangements are under the direction of the Jones & Casey Funeral Home of Challis, Idaho. www.jonesandcaseyfh.com
Published in The Morning News on Feb. 4, 2016
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