Dan Kenyon Sartain
LAFAYETTE - A private memorial will be held for Dan Kenyon Sartain in Lafayette on Saturday, December 1, 2012. Dan, 10 days short of his 82nd birthday, died on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Dr. James Bellone in Baton Rouge.
Dan Kenyon Sartain was the son of Gladys and Joseph "Pappa Joe" Sartain; he was born on December 7, 1930, in Lexington, Kentucky. He attended Kilgore State College and the University of Texas
and achieved a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering. He was united in marriage to JoAnn Lee Harris who preceded him in death, on May 17, 1996. Dan and JoAnn had three children , namely Julie, Laura and Janet, all surviving their parents. His brother, Bill Sartain preceded him in death. Dan Sartain completed his service to the U.S. Army having served active duty from June, 1955 through March, 1956. He went to work for Atlantic Richfield Company as a petroleum engineer and stayed with that one and only company as it transitioned over time until his retirement as a Drilling Superintendent. His three daughters- Julie and her husband John Conner of Lafayette, Louisiana, Laura and her husband Tom Gross of Mills River, North Carolina and Janet and her husband Dr. James Bellone of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dan had eight grandchildren, Jamey Koch Johnson, Jesse Koch, Issac McDowell, Robert Wilburn, Christopher Gross, Angela Gross, Danielle Bellone, Christopher Bellone and Alexandra Bellone. He had three great-grandchildren, Taylor Johnson, Sophia Johnson and Juliet Johnson.
Dan could fix just about anything and usually did so. He loved oil field talk, fishing, golf tennis football, yard work, and tinkering. He was described by the grandchildren as "brilliant before the calculator." Although he thrived on his visits with family, working friends and family friends, Dan preferred to pass quietly without fanfare and donated his body to science. All who knew him will miss his wit, his experience and his knowledge in the days going forward.