Daniel Gerald Dodd Mead
July 20, 1940 – May 9, 2020
Daniel Gerald Dodd Mead was born July 20, 1940 in Edgerton to Francis and Daniel Dodd. He passed away at home May 9, 2020, in Beulah .
Dan’s father passed away when Dan was 4 years old. He was raised mostly by his Grandmother, Della Eldridge and his older sister Barbara, in Kaycee .
After much hell raising, he graduated from Kaycee High School in 1958.
On January 13, 1959 he married his true love Sandy Finley in Buffalo . They had three children: Kim, Danny, and Eric.
Dan studied to be an Electrician in Denver, CO but the oil field was calling his name. He moved his family to Linch, and began his long career with Stafford Well Service.
At the age of 27 Dan was badly burned in a work over rig fire. He defied all odds and survived and learned to walk again. He returned to work almost a year after the accident.
Much to his daughters’ distain and his sons delight, summer weekends were spent fishing at Blue Creek or camping and boating at Meadowlark Lake. Fish and pancakes were all most always Sunday supper. Winter weekends were for trapping, hunting, and ice fishing.
While their kids were participating in high school sports Dan and Sandy were some of the greatest fans of the Midwest Oilers. The student body made Dan and Sandy a sign for their spot in the gym “Mead’s Corner”, which Dan proudly displayed in each of his homes.
After a heart attack at the age of 43, Dan retired from the oilfield and began his dream of being a mortician. He and Sandy moved the Cypress CA, where he received his Mortuary license. He then began his new career in Flagstaff AZ. It was while in Flagstaff that he joined the Catholic Church. 10 years later he and Sandy moved to Las Vegas Nevada, where they spent another 10 years.
Later in life Dan started searching for his fathers’ family and was happy to learn that he had a half-sister Louise. Sadly, she had passed away, but the sadness was curtailed as she had a daughter, Valerie. It only took one phone call for Valerie to join his long list of cherished nieces.
Ill health forced him into retirement. Dan and Sandy returned to Buffalo, where Dan spent many days fishing at Hunter Ranger Station with his faithful dog, Joy. His last years were spent on his daughter and son-in-law’s ranch outside of Beulah where Dan enjoyed watching the mountain lions and feeding wild turkeys and white-tailed deer.
His greatest times were spent with his family. He was so proud that his red hair was finally passed on to two of his grandchildren!
He is survived by wife of 61 years, Sandy; daughter, Kim (Brad); sons, Danny (Nancy) and Eric (Melissa); three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; sisters, Barbara, Berdena, Dolores; many much loved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Louise; his grandson, Rory, and his faithful dog and fishing companion, Joy Josephine.
Cremation arrangements were under the care of Isburg Crematory of Spearfish. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com