Daniel Powell passed away peacefully on August 31, 2012 while visiting his son in Spokane, WA. He was enjoying a vacation at his son's cabin on Lake Sacheen and had spent a few days enjoying one of his passions, sailing. Dan was born August 14, 1940 to Neil and Dorothy Powell in Ellensburg, WA. Danny was the surprise identical twin to his big brother, David, born 7 minutes earlier. The twins were a precious gift to their parents and their big sister, Sherry. After graduating Ellensburg High School in 1958, Dan met Jan Powell in college and they married on April 29, 1960. They were married for 36 years and had 3 sons, Darren, Michael and Brandon. Dan graduated from Central Washington University in 1964. He belonged to the ROTC and was Master Sergeant of the Drill Team. He taught 5th grade in Richland, WA for one year, then went on to a career in finance, starting at General Electric Credit Corporation. He spent his career in the finance business which took him to Seattle, Spokane, Medford, Las Vegas and Tucson. Dan spent his last working years doing something he had always wanted to do, driving a big-rig, Peterbilt truck locally in Tucson. He retired there in 2004 and enjoyed a quiet life in, what he called, his "little oasis in the desert". Dan enjoyed 'people watching' from his patio, viewing his favorite TV shows and spending time with his cockatiel, Buddy. His son Michael moved to Tucson in 2008 and they spent much quality time together. The loss of his twin David last year was very hard on Danny, but he had developed a special relationship with his partner Midge Hurst over the last year. She was with him when he passed away. Dan will always be remembered as an amazing father, grandfather, brother, son, husband and most of all a wonderful, generous, kind and sweet man. He is survived by his sons Darren (Marlene), Michael (BJ), Brandon (Christine), his grandchildren, Rachel, Danny, Mary and Brody, his sister Sherry Churchill (Peter), five nieces, and many other loving family members and friends. Services will be private.
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Published in Daily Record from Sept. 29 to Oct. 6, 2012