Daniel Joseph Farrell, a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, went home to his Lord and Savior at the age of 80 on January 15, 2017.
Dan was born on March 5, 1936, in Ogden, Utah, to Jean Louise Roper and Eugene Patrick Farrell. Dan's father, who was a flour miller and worked for various companies, including General Mills, was transferred from Ogden to Buffalo, New York; Louisville, Kentucky; Keokuk, Iowa; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Omaha, Nebraska.
Dan attended five different elementary schools. His father decided enough was enough and accepted a teaching position with Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Dan graduated from Luckey High School in Manhattan and earned a bachelor's degree from Kansas State.
Dan was active in campus politics and was intending to become a lawyer and run for public office. This all changed in the summer of 1955.
As a college student, Dan worked three summers in Yellowstone National Park, where he fell in love with national parks and met the love of his life, Eve Miller, who was also a student working in Yellowstone. They were married on May 25, 1957, in Granville, Ohio, and spent the summer working in Yellowstone.
In the fall, they returned to Manhattan, where Dan supplemented his political science degree with a semester of wildlife classes. Dan's first National Park Service job was at Carlsbad National Park in New Mexico. Transfers to Death Valley National Monument (now a park), Olympic National Park, Lava Beds National Monument in California and Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, plus three-month assignments in Yosemite and Washington, D.C., increased the Farrells' love of our national parks.
Four daughters were born: Eve Kathleen in Manhattan while in transition to Carlsbad; Rachel Elizabeth in Trona, California-Death Valley; Danna Marie in Lockport, Illinois, while in transition to Olympic; and Jennifer in Aberdeen-Olympic.
Dan took early retirement from the National Park Service in 1984 and was a partner in a business for three years and operations manager for KEYG radio station in Grand Coulee, Washington, before retiring again.
Dan was in the first Spokane Catholic Diocese class to be ordained as permanent deacons in June 1978. He baptized babies and adults, witnessed weddings and conducted funerals and graveside services. He was a humble, compassionate, loving leader who enabled and encouraged people. He was known for his thoughtful, scripturally grounded homilies.
When he retired from active diaconate service, his ministry changed, but not his commitment. He served at St. Benedict's in Coulee Dam, St. Henry's in Grand Coulee, mission churches in Hartline and Coulee City, and Queen of Angels in Port Angeles.
Dan cherished his time with his wife, daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, his siblings and their families, the Roper cousins and his friends. He was a true family man and caring friend.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree. Over his long life, he was a member of Lions and Kiwanis clubs; the most recent was the Juan de Fuca Kiwanis Club in Port Angeles.
He was a volunteer fireman in Coulee Dam and part of a law enforcement advisory group. He served on a Spokane Diocese Advisory Council and the Spokane Diocese Deacons' Council, and received plaques of recognition and appreciation from the Spokane and Yakima bishops.
At the time of his death, he was a member of Queen of Angels Parish in Port Angeles.
Dan and Eve accomplished their retirement goal by moving to Port Angeles in 2004, their paradise on Earth. In 2007, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and were married almost 60 years.
Dan was predeceased by his parents, daughter Danna Marie, brother Jerome "Jerry" Farrell, mother-in-law Eva (Granny) Miller and sister-in-law Dawn Bishop.
He is survived by brother Mick (Barbara) Farrell; sisters Sue Farrell and Jan (Sandy) Walker; nieces; nephews; daughters E. Kathleen Farrell, Rachel E. Farrell Corp and Jennie (Heikas) Martirosian; grandchildren Amanda, Brendan, Matthew, Danielle (Keegan), Jordan, William Tyler, Aaron, Justin (Melissa) and Nichole (Matt); and great-grandchildren Dylan, Gavin, Rosemary, Violet and Elina.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Queen of Angels Church, 209 West 11th Street, Port Angeles, on Wednesday, January 25, at 11 a.m.
Memorials can be sent to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, 540 East Eighth Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362; or the Queen of Angels Conference of St. Vincent de Paul, 136 East Eighth Street, No. 347, Port Angeles, WA 98362.
Farewell to a wonderful man and a good and faithful servant.
Published in Peninsula Daily News on Jan. 22, 2017.