Danford Newton Barney V "Dan" passed away peacefully in his home on February 19th, surrounded by his loving family, following a massive heart attack from which he was unable to recover. He was a native of Colorado.
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In 1978 Dan joined the Army and soon after became a Green Beret- which many people who met him later in life did not know. He served for 20 years as a Special Forces Medic and Paramedic in locations including Honduras, Bosnia, Desert Storm, Provide Comfort, Turkey, Iraq, Poland, East and West Germany, Norway and Canada, retiring at the rank of 1SG. Some of the most exciting times for Dan were his years at the USMLM in Berlin, Germany. After retiring from his Special Forces career, Dan obtained a Master's degree in Psychology and has been a Hospice Counselor for the past 15 years working with Hospice of the Comforter, Pikes Peak Hospice and Evercare Hospice. He took great pride in advocating for patients and families at end of life and supporting them to ensure their wishes were met and their quality of life and dignity preserved. He would be so very proud of the many friends and co-workers at Evercare Hospice who did the same for him.
Dan has always been an amazingly supportive Husband, Father, Grandfather and Friend. He brought a rapier wit to each situation with a unique and lovable sense of humor.
He is survived by his wife and best friend of 30 years Lori, his son Danford Newton Barney VI "Danny" (Alana), daughter Jessica (Matt), grandchildren Braydon, Sammy, Gracie and Zully, mother Lily Anne Watson, brother Andrew Barney (Tara), nephews Zach and Jacob, Step Mother Penny Barney and his beloved dog Henry.
Preceded in death by his father Danford N. Barney IV, Step Father Harold Watson and Sisters Rebecca and Sarah.
A Celebration of Life will be held on March 8, 2014 at 1:00pm at The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
Please send donations in lieu of flowers or food to The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Mercy Flight or National Hospice Foundation in his honor.
Published in The Gazette on Mar. 2, 2014