||Year Born: 1943
Year Died: 2007
Daniel G. Slade of Meridian passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007. He was 64. Dan was born in Durango, Colo. on July 11, 1943, to Donald E. and Katherine I. Slade. He attended school in Silverton, Colo. until 1960, when the family moved to Mesa, Ariz. Dan continued his education at Mesa High School. From there he joined the U.S. Army, and spent the remainder of his life in the service of his country. Dan met his future wife, Carole Marie Bickerstaff, while stationed in Irwin, Pa. The couple were happily married for 43 years, and lived a full life that involved family, travel, golf, and laughter. Dan retired after 21 years in the army, and then joined the Department of Defense as a technical specialist for the Apache helicopter. During his career he was involved in most of the significant military events of the past 40 years. That included recovery efforts on the Gemini Space Program, three (3) tours of duty in Viet Nam, an assignment to Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm, an assignment to Bosnia,vand an assignment to Afghanistan during the second Gulf War. He retired in 2006, and devoted himself to hunting, sports shooting (he was a member of the Boise Gun Club) and golf. Dan was preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers: Donald King, Larry Neil, and Hal Leroy. He is survived by his wife, Carole; a daughter Toni, now living in Portsmouth, Va.; a son Daniel, Jr. and granddaughter Carly, both in Chandler, Ariz..; brother Max Barneigh and wife Leona, in Boise; two sisters, Sherry Slade of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and Katherine Willis of Meeker, Colo., two sisters-in-law, Georgia Zimmerman of Parowin, Utah, and Carman Slade, of Klein, Colo.; and numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family members. The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation and gratitude to the excellent and caring staff of 4 South at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Boise.