Daniel Francis DOLAN
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Age 91 of Woodbury, MN, passed away on November 24, 2018. Loving Husband, Father, Papa and Friend. Dan was born on a farm near Milroy, MN to Francis and Mary Stella (O'Connell) Dolan. After graduating from Milroy High School, he was drafted into the Army in 1945. He graduated from the College of St. Thomas in 1951, where he participated in baseball and football. He was especially proud of his state amateur baseball's all-time strikeout king record, as having 23 strikeouts in a nine–inning game in 1947 playing for Milroy over Sanborn. He worked for the FBI from 1951-1953 in Boston where he worked on the Brinks Robbery Case and Washington D.C. in 1953 he returned to St. Paul where he joined the IBM Corporation as a salesman. He was an IBM manager in Duluth, Chicago, Rockford and back to St. Paul until 1963. He then began his real estate career with H. and Val J. Rothschild Co. and in 1966 he started his own real estate firm, Dan Dolan Realtors. He later started Dan Dolan Development and was involved in the sales and development of commercial and residential properties, including his first developments Evergreen of Woodbury and Oakdale Crossing Business Park. Always looking for new Ideas he got involved in restaurant franchises, Mr. Steak, Hardee's and Damon's. He was involved in real estate for 55 years, only retiring in 2018. He was inducted into the Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame in 2015. Dan was always very involved in the community; the Jaycees, March of Dimes, United Way and fundraising for College of St. Thomas. He was on the boards of St. Paul Chamber of Commerce, North Oaks Golf Club, St. Paul Seminary, Derham Hall High school, and Home of the Good Shepherd. He was very active in the St. Paul Winter Carnival, as Prime Minister 1966, General Chairman 1971, King Boreas 1978. He was also Honorary Irishman "Mr. Pat" in 1996 in the St. Paul St. Patrick's Day parade. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Tom, sister & brother-in-law, Sara Flannagan (Ed), sister, Margaret, and sisters-in-law, Marilyn Dolan, Susan Dolan, Suzanne Dorle Adair, Barbara Dorle and Elizabeth Dorle.. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Joan (nee:Dorle), proud father of Steve (Peggy), Mike (Lisa), Tom (Jennifer), Molly Bird (Jim), Nancy Ingham (Jeff). Loving papa of Nick (Erica) Johnson, Katie, Louie, Peter, Michael, Meghan, Danny Dolan, Connor and Porter Ingham; great grandsons Jaxson, and Joseph Johnson; brothers, Francis "Steve" and John "Doc", brothers-in-law Michael (Paula) Dorle, David (Sandy) Dorle, many loving nieces and nephews and great friends. His greatest love was his family, his love of golf, hunting, and fishing, flying his airplane and his yellow lab, Nellie. He was proud of his 100% Irish Heritage. Visitation Wednesday November 28th, 2018 4:00 – 8:00 PM at O' Halloran & Murphy, 8700 Valley Creek Rd., Woodbury. Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 AM Thursday November 29th, 2018 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 4125 Woodbury Drive. Visitation 1 hour prior at the church. Private family interment at Resurrection Cemetery following luncheon. In lieu of flowers, memorials requested and appreciated to University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Seminary and Little Sisters of the Poor. 651-702-0301

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Published in Pioneer Press from Nov. 25 to Nov. 27, 2018.
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July 9, 2019
Dan Dolan was a great man, mentor and friend to me. I met Dan at Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights as an inmate through Amicus, an organization in Minneapolis that connect prison inmates with mentors from the community. Dan Dolan was so inspirational, positive and very supportive of me. He helped me with employment and so many resources to help me have a successful re-entry back into the community. He was so gracious, compassionate, kind, generous, patient, committed and understanding to me. Dan Dolan was the truth and a true light in my life. He was something exceptional and special. I will miss you dearly my friend. I know you enjoying eternal paradise with God and Jesus Christ. You gave your all and best to your family, friends, community and society as a whole. I'm a better man today because of you. America isn't colorblind, but you saw the potential and best in me, with me being an African-American male in America. I love you my friend. RIP. Sincerely, Matthew Leroy Jenkins
Matthew Jenkins
December 13, 2018
Offering our sincere condolences. May the God of love comfort your heart and make you firm in your time of grief. 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17.

December 13, 2018
Offering our sincere condolences. May the God of love comfort your heart and make you firm in your time of grief. 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17.

November 29, 2018
I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to work with Dan as I looked at land acquisitions over the years. I will always remember Dan's wonderful smile and honesty in our business dealings.
A gifted and thoughtful man that will be sorely missed in the Minnesota real estate community
Our prayers are with Joanie and the family.
Your friends in Christ,
Dave & Sue Jellison
November 28, 2018
When I think you of you I will always remember that great smile. Your children are truly some of the nicest people I ever met. Grandchildren are pretty great also. Great job Dan. Also lucky to share my birthday with you.
Marylee Bengston
November 28, 2018
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November 27, 2018
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November 26, 2018
A great friend and class act. Hail Boreas!
Chris Schneeman
November 26, 2018
Dan was a remarkable and tenacious man, one who changed lives, including mine, and left lasting memories and lasting legacies.He will be missed by all whose paths he crossed. May the blessings of great memories comfort Joanie and his family.
Jim Johnston
November 25, 2018
Dan was a wonderful man. He lived his life with integrity and dignity. He was a consummate professional, with a great sense of humor. He was a great golfer and had so much fun on the golf course. Joanie, you and your family are in our prayers.
Mike Sieben
November 25, 2018
I am a long time neighbor of Dan and Joanie in Woodbury. I've never met a more kind, sweet, fun gentleman. He always flattered me by calling me The Mayor. He had such an impactful voice. Hugs and love to you, Joanie.
Tom Grant
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