H. Daniel McFarland, 69, passed away Aug. 1, 2014, at his home in Plano, TX.
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Born Valentine's Day, 1945, in Greenfield, MA, Dan came into the world with a big heart full of love for his family, friends, and life.
Dan was the youngest of five children and the only boy with four older sisters.
A love for his country led him to proudly join the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served in the Vietnam War.
Upon returning home, he attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and graduated with a bachelor of business administration in systems management. He also held a master of business administration degree in finance from Suffolk University.
In 1973, Dan married Jody Allenenos and raised his children: daughter, Stephanie Canty (husband Aaron) and, sons, Liam and Gavin) and son, Alex McFarland (wife Kate) and sons, Tanner and Barrett).
Dan devoted much of his career to public service, working in business and information technology for the cities of San Francisco, Seattle and Dallas.
In 2006, Dan married Mary Wilkinson Pfeifer and became stepfather to three children: Christiaan Bovard (wife Jennifer), Benjamin Bovard (wife Amy) and Genevieve Twing (husband Alan and son Cameron). His father-in-law and mother-in-law are Kenneth and Donna Wilkinson.
Always good-natured with a warm sense of humor, Dan touched the lives of many and will be missed by all who knew him, including his devoted Labrador retriever, Mallory.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Lucretia McFarland, and sisters, Patricia, Harriet and Caroline. He is survived by his sister, Nancy Grifka (husband Fred).
Dan was a warrior through the end of his life, never giving up because of illness. Dan made prior arrangements to have his body donated for research and study to University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.
A celebration of his life will be held in September.
Published in The Recorder on Aug. 27, 2014