Born in Rapid City, South Dakota on July 2nd, 1955

Departed on January 18th, 2020 and resided in Arvada, Colorado

  • Rosary: Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 3900 Pierce St, Wheat Ridge, CO
    Wednesday February 12th, 2020 5:00 pm
  • Celebration of Life: Water Tower Club House at 7941 W 55th Ave, Arvada, CO
    Wednesday February 12th, 2020 6:30 pm
  • Service: Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 3900 Pierce St, Wheat Ridge, CO, Room: Luncheon to follow in the Basement
    Thursday February 13th, 2020 11:00 am

Daniel Jay McDonald was born in Rapid City, South Dakota on July 2, 1955, to Charlotte and Robert McDonald as the youngest of five children. Because he was born on July 2nd, he thought Independence Day fireworks were for his birthday.

He lived most of his formative years in Hill City, South Dakota where he met life-long friends.  After graduating from Hill City High School in 1973, he lived in a number of places before enrolling at Blackhawk Technical Institute in Janesville, Wisconsin where he certified in welding. After a short stint at Beloit Corporation he moved back to Rapid City where he met the love of his life, Sandy.

Dan and Sandy were married in Rapid City in 1983 and enjoyed 36 years together until his death on January 18, 2020. God gifted them with a child, Joseph McDonald, in 1995. Dan went to every baseball and hockey game he could. Over the years, Dan and Sandy brought in wonderful young people into their home, “adopting them” until they could get out on their own. Dan had a huge heart.

Joe married Bailey Grimes in 2018 and on April 18, 2019, a beautiful baby boy was born, Colton Joseph McDonald. Dan was a proud Grandpa!

Dan was a man of many talents.  He was a welder, firefighter, paramedic, retail home center manager and finally a glazier. Dan retired in 2017 and enjoyed hanging out at the house, going to Home Depot, and texting and calling many of us while we were still working.  Dan was also a man of many tools and could either fix or figure out a modification for anything that needed his attention.

Dan loved to make people laugh and tried to keep everyone around him light-hearted.

Dan McDonald is preceded in death by his mother Charlotte (Stoner) McDonald, father Robert McDonald, brother Mike McDonald, sisters Janelle Smith and Doneen Miller. Dan is survived by his wife Sandra (Engle) McDonald, brother Ron McDonald, and son Joseph McDonald and grandson Colton McDonald of Greeley, CO.

Dan, you will be sorely missed, especially your humor, big heart, and willingness to help. God speed Mr. McDonald. We love you!!


On Wednesday evening, February 12th, a rosary and eulogy gathering will be at Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 3900 Pierce St, Wheat Ridge, CO starting at 5 pm.

Also on Wednesday evening, February 12th, a Celebration of Life will be held at the Water Tower Club House, 7941 W 55th Ave, Arvada, CO starting at 6:30 pm. Appetizers and beverages will be available.

Thursday, February 13th at 11:00 a.m. a service will be held at the Church followed by a lunch in the basement of the church



Hilton Inn at approx. $135/night. Right next to the train station in Old Town Arvada.

(Train from airport to Union Station, then the Gold line to Old Town Arvada station)

5455 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO



Holiday Inn at approx. $100/night off of Kipling and I-70

10101 W 48th St, Wheat Ridge, CO


Guestbook Entries

Dan Loffert

Dan McDonald was one of the assistant coaches for our baseball team. Dan was a joy to be around and will have a everlasting impression on my family. Dan made every game a fun time and Dan made everyone smile all the time. Dan went to every game and tournament no matter where we were playing. He was a great person who was taken far to early from this world.
I am greatful and lucky to have know Dan and his family.
Sandy and Joe my heart is breaking for you.
God bless you Dan.

January 29th, 2020 at 12:21pm
Monte Wegelin

My thoughts and prayers are with your family in this difficult time.

January 29th, 2020 at 1:56pm
Kindra Greentree

I pray that your family finds peace in their hearts during this unfortunate time. May love and prayers carry you through.

January 30th, 2020 at 8:49am
Kelli Vanderbeek Luxem

Dan aka Smack was my brothers best friend from grade school on. I loved him like a brother. I will love and miss him always. I will think of him when I hear the songs he sang, when I see Jeff Dunham’s Walter, and whenever I see his family. Rest in ☮️ and I will see you when my time on this Earth is through. God Bless!

January 31st, 2020 at 4:57am
Marilyn Daly Bumsted

Thinking of you Danny and your family  
 Wish we could have had more time
Together.  Now that were retired and
Have the time. Iwas looking forward to
It. Rest in Peace Danny.  I am sorry for your loss Sandy. 

February 1st, 2020 at 12:50am
Clarke Wright

Wow!  What can you say about Dan?  Well, lots, actually!  Maybe not all of it appropriate for here…  But if you knew Dan, you know that. I am sure glad that we kept in touch over all the years and that I got to pal around with Dan and Sandy about a month before he left us.  Our hearts go out to Sandy, Joe and the rest of the family. 

February 6th, 2020 at 9:08am
Sharon Czerwonka

You were the best Brother-in-Law a person could have! You will always be missed and in our hearts. Prayers and love to you and all of your family and friends at this trying time.

February 8th, 2020 at 10:46am
Raymond E Rollins

I met Dan at Blackhawk Tech in Janesville, I was in the machining program.
We found each other in the common area, I knew Dan was not a common man.
We became such good friends that I asked him to stand up in our wedding.
He was one of three Dan’s, shared name but stood out on his own.
We had some real good times together going to Bluegrass Festivals, playing foosball, playing pool, driving around in his 4 wheel drive Datsun truck (anybody remember the EGR button on the dash?), and of course sharing a couple of cold ones.
Dan was one of a kind, the kind I appreciated as a true friend and brother.
Dan, you will live on in our memories, I love you like a brother.

February 10th, 2020 at 8:56am

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