GOODYEAR, Ariz. - Daniel Francis Drociak, dearly loved father, grandfather and brother, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013.
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He was born in Manchester, N.H., on Sept. 15, 1942, the son of Catherine (Spiewak) and Frank Drociak.
He attended St. Casimir Grammar School and Bishop Bradley High School, where he played several sports, including being a captain of the football team. He graduated in 1960. He also played in the New Hampshire Shriners football classic. He received his associate's degree from Hesser Business College in 1962.
He served in the U.S. Navy for four years before he became service manager for Sears & Roebuck Co. in New Hampshire.
He relocated to Arizona with his family in 1971, where he became the Western regional director of operations for Appliance T.V. City and then held management positions at Silo and Go Video before his retirement.
He was a member of many organizations, including Whirlpool Appliance Service Board, Electric League of Arizona and was also president of the Garden Lakes Home Owners Association.
He enjoyed spending time by his gardens and water falls, bird watching and viewing the beautiful desert sunsets, talking on a daily basis with friends and relatives, and most of all, spending time with his children, grandchildren and his former wife/best friend, Judy Salmon and her husband, Gary Salmon.
He was a communicant of St. John Vianney in Buckeye.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Diane (Drociak) McGuire Genesky.
Family members include a daughter, Dawna Taylor, her husband, Justin and their son, Austin; a daughter, Kerry Patrick, her husband, Brad, and their daughter, Sara; a brother, Thomas Drociak and his wife, Virginia of Hooksett, N.H.; a brother, Frank Drociak and his wife, Martha, of Strafford; several nieces, a nephew, several aunts, an uncle and many cousins.
SERVICES: A private memorial service in Dan's honor will be held in Manchester, N.H., in late June. Condolences for the family may be offered at http://memorialwebsites.legacy.com/dandrociak/homepage.aspx.
Published in Union Leader on Mar. 7, 2013