Daniel Skinner

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Daniel Herbert "Dan" Skinner
August 12, 1926 - January 23, 2016
Daniel Herbert Skinner (Dan), of Caldwell, Idaho, formerly of Jordan Valley, Oregon, passed away at the age of 89 on January 23, 2016, at his daughter Jocele Skinner's home in Homedale, Idaho. Dan was born on August 12, 1926 at the family ranch in Jordan Valley to Silas Kirtland and Johanna Murray Skinner. Dan and his siblings grew up on the Skinner Ranch, and from an early age, were raised to help with ranch chores. His spent his early school years through 10th grade in the Danner area, with his junior and senior years in Caldwell, Idaho, graduating in 1944.
After high school, Dan returned to work at the ranch, but after a farming accident, enrolled at Oregon State University. After a year and a half, he left college for a short time and worked in Albany, Oregon before returning home to the ranch to begin a life-long career in the ranching and the cattle industry. During the Korean War, he was drafted and became an Artillery Instructor at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Post war, he returned to Jordan Valley to continue ranching with his father and brother with his nephew joining them later. In 1972, he met Cathy Ross, a teacher at the high school. They married on June 2, 1973. Together, they raised 2 daughters, Jocele and Elizabeth. Dan continued to work alongside his family until his retirement in 2001. While living in Jordan Valley, he was a strong supporter of the local community and served in various capacities including; the Jordan Valley Lions Club, the Jordan Valley Rodeo Board, and the Antelope Grazing Association. He introduced airplanes and flying to the ranch, a practice which is still in use today.
After retiring from ranching, Dan and Cathy settled in Caldwell where he was able to remain in close contact with many of his high school classmates. They often had monthly get-togethers, which he greatly enjoyed. He loved his hard work on the family ranch and passed his strong work ethic on to his daughters. He was fiercely loyal to his family, both close and extended, and relished the many Skinner family reunions over the years. In 2005, at age 78, he finally became a grandfather. He loved his grandchildren with all his heart, and would brag to anyone who would listen that he had the "best grandkids in the country."
Dan is survived by his wife of 42 years, Cathy; daughters Jocele Skinner (George Decker) of Homedale, Idaho, and Elizabeth LaVigne (Steven) of Molalla, Oregon; grandchildren Catie and Jack Decker, and Daniel and James LaVigne; brother John (Carole) Skinner; sisters Christine Moore and Joanne Owens (Duane); sister-in-law Naida Skinner Schmidt, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Silas Kirtland and Johanna Skinner; brothers Bill, Bob, and Kirt Skinner and brother-in-law Bill Moore.
The family would like to give special thanks to the following people who have provided their support over the years: Dr. Sam Summers and Saint Alphonsus Hospice, as well as friends Les and Janice Robertson and neighbors Ted Yellen and Colleen Skaggs.
A memorial service will be held at the Jordan Valley Elementary School gymnasium on Monday, February 1st, at 10 a.m. A graveside service will follow at the Jordan Valley cemetery with a community dinner at St. Bernard's Parish Hall afterwards. Services are under the direction of Dakan Funeral Chapel in Caldwell. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to one of the following organizations: Jordan Valley Lions Club Sight and Hearing Fund, P.O. Box 344, Jordan Valley, OR 97910 or to the Sagebrush Cowboys 4-H Club, attn: Kristen Caywood, P.O. Box 102, Arock, OR 97902, or to your local 4-H club.


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Published in Idaho Press Tribune from Jan. 26 to Jan. 29, 2016
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