A tragic accident at the Anacortes Tesoro Refinery claimed the life of Dan Aldridge on April 2, 2010.
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On August 31, 1959, Daniel James Aldridge was born in Portland, Oregon to Marie Melin (Pete), currently of Salem, Oregon and William Aldridge, of Olympia, Washington. In 1961 Dan's sister, Karin Lee, was born and a younger brother, Victor Stone, joined the family at the age of eight.
Dan spent his teenage years in Corvallis, Oregon, and graduated from Crescent Valley High School in 1977. While at the University of Oregon, he met and married his wife of 26 years, Deborah Kay Graffius on July 30, 1983 and a year later graduated with a BA in Fine Arts.
Shortly after graduation, Debbie and Dan moved to Bend, Oregon where their first child, Matthew Stephen was born in 1994. In 1997 they relocated to Anacortes and their second child, Alexandra Theresa, completed the family.
Dan's family would like him to be remembered as a man deeply involved in his children's athletic activities, a person who loved fishing the lakes of Oregon, the martial arts that he excelled in for 15 years, motorcycling, and his many gardening projects.
He was a Red Cross blood donor for many years, and recently earned his 3 gallon achievement pin. He enjoyed volunteering his time, coaching basketball locally and served on the AAU board.
As a self employed contractor for 25 years, he did outstanding finish carpentry. Only recently had he begun a career at Tesoro Refinery and was known there as "Super Dan".
To his family, Dan was known as "Dan the Man", a nickname he earned because he was fiercely loyal and protective of all of them.
Dan is survived by his loving wife, Debbie and children, Matthew and Alexandra; as well as his mother Marie and stepfather Pete; father William; sister Karin (Ron); mother-in-law Donna Graffius; sisters-in-law Sharon Kuhlman (Tye), Jennifer Cruzan (Jeff); nephews Austin and Jack; and nieces Lauren, Shelby, and Abby.
Dan was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Jack Graffius and brother-in- law, Stephen Graffius.
A celebration of Dan's life will take place on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at the Anacortes First Baptist Church, 2717 J Avenue, in Anacortes, Washington. Memorial donations may be given in Dan's name to the American Red Cross.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Dan, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Apr. 7, 2010