Dan A. McKenzie, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2003, at his home in Troy, Idaho.
Dan was born May 10, 1924, in Culdesac to William and Clara McKenzie. He graduated from Culdesac High School in 1942 and served on the USS Cape Gloucester in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Dan married his high school sweetheart, Darlene Messinger, on Jan. 6, 1945. Upon his discharge from the Navy, they made their home in Culdesac until 1952, when they moved to Troy.
For 57 years, Dan dedicated his life to farming and was named the Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year for Latah County.
His outside activities included hunting, fishing, golf and watching his grandchildren’s sporting events. His favorite activity of all was trapshooting.
Dan held a variety of local, state and national offices for the Amateur Trapshooting Association. In 1993, he was elected to the office of president of the ATA. Dan was also a member of the Elks Lodge, Masonic Lodge and Shrine’s Calam Temple.
He is survived by his wife Darlene; his son Daniel; his three daughters, Donna Bigford, Jeanie Eads and Debbie Kirkland; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Winona Elsensohn and Jessie Ann Carlson, both of Lewiston.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ralph and William Jr.; one sister, Wilda Peer; and one grandson, Daniel Scott McKenzie.
Memorials are suggested to the Troy Deary Gun Club Youth Program or the Troy High School Athletics.