Daniel David Bartel, 66, of Grant, formerly of Mackay, passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at his home from an extended illness. None fought harder to overcome an illness than Daniel did.
He was born Dec. 19, 1946, in Detroit Lakes, Minn., to Henry Bartel and Gretchen Hein Bartel. He was raised and attended schools in Frazee, Minn.
Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S Navy and served during the Vietnam War aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga. His military service brought him to Idaho Falls to attend nuclear training school.
On Dec. 17, 1966, he married Karen Lee Rock in Leslie, Idaho; their marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on Sept. 1, 1978.
After his discharge from the Navy, they moved to Pocatello, where he attended Idaho State University, earning a degree in civil engineering in 1973. In 1974, Daniel moved his family to Mackay, Idaho, and started a career at INEL. Over the next 28 years, he worked there in various capacities, including nuclear plant operator and hazardous waste manager. Karen preceded him in death Oct. 15, 1996.
Upon retirement in 2002, he pursued his passion for the outdoors by embracing cross-country skiing, hiking and scuba diving and enjoyed spending time with his growing family.
On May 6, 2006, he married Kristine Allan Bateman in Iona. This newfound love brought additional adventures. Among other things, Daniel and Kristine pursued their creative passion for design and building by recycling old barns and using the wood to build a beautiful house together on the Snake River near Rigby.
Daniel was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He loved the outdoors. He was an avid runner, hiker and mountain biker. One of his favorite stories was completing a unbelievable task of summiting Mount Borah twice in the same day. He also found interest in computers, reading and horticulture. Some of his prized plants were saguaro cacti grown from seed and exotic orchids.
He is survived by his wife, Kristine Bartel of Grant; daughters, Sandi Bartel (Randy) Colbus of Upland, Calif., Catherine Bartel (Rick) Hallowell of Blackfoot and Karen Bartel (Brent) Lish of Bancroft; sons, Jared (Gena) Bartel of Pocatello and Daniel (Jessica) Bartel of Challis; sister, Ardelle Lordalen of Minnesota; stepchildren, Nichole (Randy) Chesley of Logan, Utah, Brett (Kathleen) Bateman of Norfolk, Va., Danen (Heather) Bateman of Saratoga Springs, Utah, Anbrea (Carlos) Morales of Rigby and Brian (Krisha) Bateman of Roseville, Calif.; 27 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Karen; and a brother, Roger Bartel.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at the Grant 2nd Ward LDS Chapel, 3431 E. 100 North in Rigby. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Arco Cemetery under the care of Eckersell Memorial Chapel in Rigby.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com.