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They called him 'Dan'l Boone' as a child. In 1944, at age 13, he enlisted in the Merchant Marines, so he wouldn't miss World War II and from 1951-53 served in the Korean War as a proud Marine. He climbed Mt. Whitney, hunted elk in Montana, camped and fished at Mt. Lassen. In his 70's he still found any excuse to climb a ladder or a tree.
But on June 1, 2012, his strong body finally gave in after heart surgery and 2 months of lung procedures despite the efforts of his compassionate 'coach,' Dr. Rick Peng, Kaiser thoracic surgeon.
John Daniel Hoffmann Price was born December 1, 1930, in New Orleans to pianist Helen Brayshaw Price and author Edgar Hoffmann Price. As a toddler, Helen took him to Homer, IL, where his grandparents, Dr. Joseph and Mary Brayshaw, helped raise him. At 16, he came to his father Edgar's home, ''the lamasery'' in the Emerald Hills of Redwood City. He graduated from Sequoia High School in 1949.
After his service as a captain in the air wing of the Marine Corps, Dan returned to his job at America Fore Insurance Company in San Francisco, later becoming Continental Insurance Company. He transferred to Sacramento where he retired after 40 years of underwriting, in the field, and management.
He was an avid reader, deep thinker, a renowned storyteller, lover of cars and opera, and a caretaker. He was a member of Francis Drake Lodge No. 376, American Legion, Sacramento Valley MG Car Club, and the Swiss Athletic Club of San Francisco.
Dan will be deeply missed by his devoted wife of 52 years, Nancy, their loving daughter Tara (Jonathan), precious grandchildren Brian, Amanda and Asa Nichols of San Marcos, his sister Theresa, and nephew Kirk Daniel Steinhaus. He was preceded in death by his half-brother George Steinhaus and his beloved daughter Cammie (d. May 17, 2011. Memorials may be sent to Sacramento Opera Association, 2617 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95816. Please contact family about services to be held in August. Our deepest thanks to all friends, neighbors, and staff at Kaiser Morse for their support during our time of need. Semper Fi. Sayonara. Que sera, sera.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Jul. 4, 2012.
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