ForeverMissed
Dan McQueen passed away on February 2, 2021 of natural causes at the age of 72.  He will be missed as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. 

You can read more about him in the other tabs of this website, and please leave a tribute, a memory, or a photo if you would like.  We are doing this in lieu of a memorial services during this time.  An in-person celebration of life will be determined at a later date.

In lieu of flowers or if you would like to make a donation, here is a link to a site where you can donate for a bench to be built in his honor and where any additional funds will go to a local children’s charity:  https://gofund.me/3187929b

Link to the obituary at the Reporter Herald: TBD
Posted by Kris Calverley on February 28, 2021
All-American Dan. Tough and confident, yet always respectful. 'Life' wasn't ordinary or mundane, Dan was enthused about it all. Inspiring.

While growing up, we made several trips to visit Barb & Dan in Colorado. It was always great times, highlighted with skiing 'actual' mountains! One summer they took little brother Kris on a road trip from CO to San Jose and back. It was a great adventure for a 12 year old to see life beyond Hartney, MB!

Mom made several winter trips to spend time with Barb & Dan and the girls. Thank you Dan for always being so good to her.

'Barb & Dan' just goes together... he was a wonderful pick for our sister. They had a good life, 3 great kids and 8 well-loved grandkids. Thank you, Dan. You will be SO missed.
Posted by S Arrington on February 23, 2021
McQueen family, we were very saddened to learn of Dans passing. We did not know him well but I always knew he was a good parent from knowing your 3 daughters. They are the type of friends you want your children to have. Thanks to you both for your beautiful girls & all the goodness you brought to this earth. Know that our thoughts & prayers are with you all. Bill & Shelley Arrington,
Posted by Karen Zakavec on February 19, 2021
To the beautiful McQueen family,

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our friend, Dan McQueen. He was a loving husband, wonderful father, and wise and fun loving grandfather.

Dan was a great guy and definitely one of a kind. His positive outlook on life along with his kind heart and willingness to help out whenever needed will always be remembered. He was a generous guy who wouldn’t think twice about giving you the shirt off his back.

Dan’s laughter and smiling face will live on in the memories of his family and friends. It was a joy to know him and we were lucky to have him for a friend. Our family will miss Dan very much.

With Love,
The Zakavec Family


Posted by Ralph Walsh on February 16, 2021
Jodi and I were very sad to learn of Dan’s passing and want the family to know he always treated us very well in their family gatherings at the “McQueen Chalet” in Steamboat. He set the bar for a “true family man” and one that I took to heart. He truly leaves a legacy for us all. I’m sure he has his cloud staked out with all the power needed to watch over his family and friends!
Thank you Dan for all you offered us.
-Jodi and Ralph
Posted by Kathryn Reents on February 15, 2021
We’ve known the McQueen family for approximately 40+ years. They lived three houses to the west of us. There is nothing nicer than sharing our lives with family friends.  Neighborly relationships are special because we can share the day to day happenings in our lives. Tonya is a year older than our Kristin and our Nate was in the same class with the twins. Along with other neighborhood kids they played games, hid in unexpected places playing hide and seek at night along with Green Ghost, and created plays with costumes and scenery.

Dan was often around entering in on various activities. He got to know the kids by showing personal interest in them all throughout their lives, and of course joking and teasing them in a fun and positive way.

Will not only admired Dan for his mechanical skills but he depended on him as our old historic house had many challenges. Dan was always willing to help and he would lighten the situation with a joke relating to the problem at hand.

Dan was known for his sense of humor. His jokes were fun loving and positive. Most importantly, he took the time to get to know others by having a good chat.

What a great guy! We were privileged to call him our Family Friend. Our whole family will miss him.

Kathy and Will Reents
Posted by Ralph Mullinix on February 14, 2021
Barb,
It is very sad to learn of Dan’s passing. My condolences to you and your family. Dan was always fun to be around at work and I respected his knowledge and dedication. He knew that the bigger reason for our work was to serve our customers and the community in general. Please know that for all the years of Dan’s contributions, Loveland is a better place to live.
Ralph and Priscilla Mullinix
Posted by Kristin Golliher on February 11, 2021
Where do I even begin!? My heart breaks again and again for all of you. Terrible and so sudden, I cannot even imagine your grief. It has taken me a long time to even find the words, but here it goes...

What an incredible person Dan was, a true family man with a heart of gold and one of the greatest laughs I’ve ever heard! When I think of Dan, it’s hard not to get emotional that he’s gone, but it’s also so easy to smile (and come to think of it, I'm pretty sure he wore a Hawaiian shirt every time we saw him and was the life of every neighborhood BBQ here in Willow Springs)!

One of my favorite memories of course involves the Boday kids. Living next door to them, the older kids were constantly hopping over the fence to say hi and play with my kiddos. Dan saw this one afternoon and wasn’t having it...way too dangerous! He proceeded to head to the hardware store to get supplies and installed a side gate on our fence so the kids didn’t have to jump it. Super grandpa to the rescue - no more skinned knees, elbows, or noggins. My girls even remember this story...I'm not sure how "helpful" all the kids were, but wow that was a memory for sure!

He will be truly missed. Sending love, hugs, and prayers to you all. We are here for you anytime. Love, The Golliher Family
Posted by Paula Rutherford on February 11, 2021
Bard,

My childhood is impossible to think about without including you, Dan, and your daughters. I am so thankful for your family and all the joyful memories I have of Dan. I would often pass him on his bike while I was out running as a teenager. He would always remind me to "Relax those sholders!!". He was a lion of a man, but was so caring and full of love. You both were so much more than next door neighbors to us Miller kids.

I am so sorry for your loss.

With all my love and prayers,
Paula
Posted by Holly Charboneau on February 11, 2021
Barb, I am so shocked to hear of Dan's passing. He was larger than life and such a bright presence in this world!! You and Dan were the absolute best neighbors! We have the best memories of our time on West 5th Street and living next door to you. Dan was so helpful to us when we moved in and we were doing all the remodeling. He was such a crack-up, and he always had something to say to make you smile!! My sincere condolences to you and the girls- he was so proud of his family. He will be missed!!! Matt and I will stop by soon to give you a big hug. I can't imagine the old neighborhood without Dan!
Love-
The Charboneau's






Posted by Ed Anderson on February 10, 2021
Barb. Sorry for your loss, sorry for not keeping in contact the past 10 years but life gets in the way. I still remember the fun times with the cookie monster and moving the dishwasher from one house to another Pat and Jim's one Thanksgiving day. If you need or want anything, please give me a call.
Posted by Betty Costa on February 10, 2021
Dear Barb & family
Our prayers are for you. We have fond memories of your visit to Rossmoor and pictures we treasure.
God Bless - Aunt Betty
Jackie & Bruce
Jeri & Mark
Posted by Nancy Schmachtenberger on February 10, 2021
Dear Barb and Family,
Words can't express how saddened we are to hear of Dan's passing. We will always remember his big smile and personality to go with it! Dan will be remembered for his love of family and his love to travel. He will be greatly missed.
Our thoughts and healing prayers are with you all.
Blessings and love,
Nancy Schmachtenberger and Pat Kipper
Posted by Alana Kjerstad on February 10, 2021
We are so sorry. This comes with hugs and prayers.  Thank goodness for memories For those along with family, friends and faith will get you through this difficult time. We remember Dan always with a smile on his face whether at work, on the sidelines of a sporting event, or at a social gathering.

Alana, Heather, Robert, & Heidi Kjerstad
Posted by Paula Aweida on February 10, 2021
Always kind, always smiling, always fun! That is how I will remember Dan. Even though he was surrounded by woman, he was a "manly man" but definitely had a very soft side. He was one of the cool dads and such a special man who loved all of his girls so very much. My heart goes out to all of the McQueen women. Love you guys.

Love, Paula (Ashkar) Aweida
Posted by Nan Browen on February 9, 2021
Rod and I are so sorry for your loss. What a great man. Always had a smile on his face to brighten everyones lives. Our entire family sends our love
Posted by Lynna Adell on February 9, 2021
Dear Barb and family,

Jim and I were saddened to learn from Erica that Dan had died. We have fond memories of him and you, Barb, warming the bleachers at the TVHS pool and other venues during our wonderful years of swim meets. Then it was on to CU for both of our '90 grads. Dan was a bundle of positive energy and goodwill. We enjoyed each encounter we shared with you and Dan. May joyful memories replace the ache.

With sympathy,
Laddie and Jim Adell
Posted by Lisa Salazar on February 9, 2021
Just wanted to express our sympathies.... Dan was larger than life and he was the greatest role model of a husband, dad and grandpa. He was such an adventurer and knew how important it was to LOVE LIFE! I added a couple of oldies in your photos. I loved how Dan and Barb would always surprise us dropping in at our family gatherings-even at my wedding dance! My heart breaks for you all, knowing how much you will miss him. His memory will live on in your hearts forever. MUCH love and hugs!!!
Posted by Sara Luttes on February 9, 2021
Dear Barb and family,
I am so sad to hear about Dan's passing. He was always so fun, and I know a huge part of your family that will be missed. I will always remember when we were neighbors on Fourth St. to your house of 5th Street the time you and Dan built that tunnel to do a remodel and you all carried out buckets of dirt. That always makes me smile. Please know I am thinking of all of you and sending you virtual hugs. Please keep me posted on the celebration of life.        Sara Luttes
Posted by Erin Pittman on February 9, 2021
Dear McQueen family,

I was so shocked and saddened to hear about Dan's death. He was such a character - like a Grizzly Adams, gruff in appearance but kind down to the bone and soul. My deepest condolences to you all!
Posted by Kerry Randa on February 9, 2021
My condolences to your family.
Posted by Sharon Sample on February 8, 2021
Steve and I are so sorry for your loss! We remember Dan fondly for his great smile and always making us laugh. Your tears and grief are a tribute to what a wonderful husband, father and grandfather he was to you.
We send our love, hugs and a wish for healing and peace to you, Barb, Tonya, Tami, Christine and families.
Posted by K Gross on February 8, 2021
It broke my heart to hear that my wonderful co-worker of two decades was gone. It's no wonder you went into the world of electric Danno, cuz you were such a spark! Always a smile on your face and on those around you. I know you would want it mentioned that we City folk had the best parties! You will be fondly remembered.  What a great guy.  Barb, you and he sure raised a beautiful family that he was so proud of. With love and hugs, Kathy (and Brian) Gross
Posted by Eoin Grindley on February 8, 2021
Dear Dan,

You lit up everywhere you went with your smile, friendship, warmth, generosity, kindness and fun.

You, Barb, Tami & Alex took me under your wing and made me feel like family when I was spending a few weeks working in Denver in 2012. I still laugh about our Thelma & Louise road-trip to Steamboat in the Mustang Convertible. We didn’t stop talking for two days. Despite the fact that I was a friend of your son-in-law whom you'd only met once or twice, it felt like we’d known each other forever.

You can rest assured that your Dan-ness lives on with your incredible wife Barb, in your three amazing daughters, eight fantastic grandchildren and in the countless others whose lives you touched.

We are going to miss you like crazy.

Thanks for everything Dan.
Eoin G, Dublin, Ireland
Posted by Mathew Johns on February 7, 2021
Dear Barb, Tonya, Christine and Tami:

Our condolences to each you and your family. We were fortunate to see the entire McQueen family together two years ago in Steamboat. Dan shared his work on classic cars with Mia and sharing some special tequila with Amy and myself. He was blessed with such a kind and wonderful family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.    

Matt, Amy, Mia, and Delaney
Posted by Ellen Meese on February 7, 2021
Dear Barbara, Tonya, Christine, Tami and the entire McQueen family,

I am so sorry to hear the sad news of Dan’s passing. Your family is the most beautiful family and have always included all individuals in your lives. I am lucky to know each of you and I remember Dan fondly for being the first person to take me out on the boat to try to learn to waterski. I was terrible and still am, but Dan just kept trying to get me up on those skis!

He has left behind a true legacy with all of you ~ the most beautiful women and family I know. My deepest condolences to you all.

Love,

Ellen
Posted by Lisbet Munk-Juel on February 7, 2021
Dear Barb, Tonya, Christine and Tami and your families
I am, along with my family, sending my sincerest condolences on the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. -Uncle and great friend to so very many! Dan will forever hold a speciel place in my heart. I will remember that he was spreading so much love, comfort, joy and warmth to the people he was around. To me he will always be my American Dad.
Rest in peace Dan.
With all my love, Lisbet
Posted by Mary Bakalar on February 7, 2021
We are so very sorry and saddened to hear about Dan. He was a wonderful friend and role model in the early years of our marriage. We remember his love of life, family and good times with friends. Thank you for being our family when we lived in Colorado so far from our own. We will never forget all the happy memories of those times we spent together. We think of you often and just the other day I pictured you sitting at our table the last time you visited us, gazing out the window at the woods. May you rest in peace knowing how much you were loved and will be missed. Our condolences to Barb, Tonya, Christine and Tami and to all of the family.
With our deepest sympathy,
Mary and Jan
Posted by Laura Fouts on February 7, 2021
As a teammate to his daughters, I saw the way Mr. McQueen had the warmest smiles and biggest hugs for his girls after every game. I love the way he instilled confidence and kindness in them. He was an amazing man.
Posted by Ray Bernier on February 7, 2021
I never met Dan but I've known Barb for fifty years. Dan was a lucky man.
Posted by Doug Pence on February 7, 2021
Sally and I were extremely upset to hear of his passing we want to express our condolences. what we remember about Dan is that he always seemed
happy with life and this made him enjoyable to be around. We had not seen him in recent years. But were fortunate to has him and Barb stop at our house 2 years age when they were passing thru Kansas. I will miss him.
Posted by Cindy Brady on February 7, 2021
So many feelings come with absorbing the loss of Cousin Dan. A look back at our text messages speaks volumes. The conversations—as well as in-person visits—were filled with humor, gratitude, and great love (as well as a bit of snarkiness). He will be so missed. I believe his influence will continue, though, with many of us striving to add more to our lives of “all things Dan”—humor, gratitude, and great love. Wishing you all strength on this journey.❤️
Posted by Ben Jessen on February 6, 2021
Dan McQueen aka “Redwoods” ,for his tan and muscular arms, was someone I respected but felt comfortable being around as a shy teenager and as an adult. He was and is still one of the coolest dads I have ever known! Through all these years, even though I didn’t get to see him often, he always remembered me and would talk to me like an old friend. The biggest thing to me that Dan brought to this world was helping raise an amazing family, all of whom I have always respected and enjoyed knowing, especially Tami.
Posted by David Fabrizius on February 6, 2021
Dear Barb and family:
It is with heavy heart that I express my condolences to you. Dan was very kind and helpful to me when I came to work at Loveland from California. I enjoyed being shown all the work you both did on your home. I will have you and your family in my prayers. God Bless.

David

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Posted by Kris Calverley on February 28, 2021
All-American Dan. Tough and confident, yet always respectful. 'Life' wasn't ordinary or mundane, Dan was enthused about it all. Inspiring.

While growing up, we made several trips to visit Barb & Dan in Colorado. It was always great times, highlighted with skiing 'actual' mountains! One summer they took little brother Kris on a road trip from CO to San Jose and back. It was a great adventure for a 12 year old to see life beyond Hartney, MB!

Mom made several winter trips to spend time with Barb & Dan and the girls. Thank you Dan for always being so good to her.

'Barb & Dan' just goes together... he was a wonderful pick for our sister. They had a good life, 3 great kids and 8 well-loved grandkids. Thank you, Dan. You will be SO missed.
Posted by S Arrington on February 23, 2021
McQueen family, we were very saddened to learn of Dans passing. We did not know him well but I always knew he was a good parent from knowing your 3 daughters. They are the type of friends you want your children to have. Thanks to you both for your beautiful girls & all the goodness you brought to this earth. Know that our thoughts & prayers are with you all. Bill & Shelley Arrington,
Posted by Karen Zakavec on February 19, 2021
To the beautiful McQueen family,

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our friend, Dan McQueen. He was a loving husband, wonderful father, and wise and fun loving grandfather.

Dan was a great guy and definitely one of a kind. His positive outlook on life along with his kind heart and willingness to help out whenever needed will always be remembered. He was a generous guy who wouldn’t think twice about giving you the shirt off his back.

Dan’s laughter and smiling face will live on in the memories of his family and friends. It was a joy to know him and we were lucky to have him for a friend. Our family will miss Dan very much.

With Love,
The Zakavec Family


his Life

The Early Years: Wisconsin, California, and Europe

Dan was born in Madison, WI on January 26, 1949, to Arnold George McQueen and Grace Lois Herschleb. Dan’s childhood was spent in Poynette, WI then his family moved to San Jose, CA for the remainder of his teenage years. He enlisted in the Army at age 20 and was stationed in Augsburg, Germany from 1969-1972. Dan and Barb met there and were married December 14, 1971. They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year.

Dan’s love of sports started at a young age - swimming, diving, baseball, and American football.  He was aptly named “twinkle toes” for his moves on the football field, and his lightning fast reflexes and hand-eye coordination continued for his full life (and he passed this down to his grandson Jack).  Living in Europe started Barb and Dan’s love of travel, meeting new people all around the world, and learning about new cultures, which was passed along to their children.

From Barb: I was so lucky to have such an amazing man in my life for 50 years. His sense of humor, his laugh, his love of life, his love of his family, his twinkling eyes, and his endless projects.  We have so many amazing memories that I will cherish forever.

The Family Years

Dan was honorably discharged and returned to San Jose to join Barb and his newborn daughter, Tonya. They moved to Pacifica, CA where he worked as a lineman for PG&E and welcomed twin daughters, Tami and Christine, a couple years later. Dan and Barb’s love of the mountains prompted a move to Fort Collins, CO in 1977. They moved to Loveland in 1978 where Dan joined the City of Loveland Light & Power for 33 years. His work ethic, integrity and outreach to the community made him a respected city employee. His love of family, friends, the outdoors, travel and most notoriously – cheering from the sidelines of any sport his daughters and grandchildren participated in – leaves everyone with fond memories of Dan.

From his kids - what we learned from Dad: 
  • He taught us about competitiveness and good sportsmanship, and the power of the two of them together.  He would encourage us to compete to the best of our ability (and he was always there - at every single event, even orchestra!) but always be a good sport and tell the competition they did a great job too.  
  • He taught us how to be good parents.  He prioritised us girls - he really was at every single sporting or extra-curricular event.  Even the stuff he didn’t like as much (hint: orchestra).  He knew when to be soft and he knew when to lay down the law.  He didn’t have to say much, but you listened when he did say something.  
  • He taught us about friendliness with others - that you can connect with anyone at any level if you just have a smile and chat.
  • I don’t think he wanted to teach any of us how to party, but that was also in the genes a bit.  We remember very clearly his Army reunion where us kids walked in to a drunken rendition of “Little Bunny Foo Foo, Hopping through the Forest, Catching all the FIeld Mice, and Bobbing them on the Head.”
  • He taught us that you don’t need to have lots of fancy degrees or higher education to be smart and to make a difference in this world.
  • He, along with our mom, taught us that you don’t need to have a lot of money to travel the world and to be open to new ideas, new people, and new places.  The fact that they opened their home to 2 exchange students, Lisbet and Mia, who we still consider our sisters and who loved my Dad as well.  But it opened our eyes up to other worlds and cultures and to be patient with people that don’t speak the same language as you or have the same ideas as you.  We have a lot more in common than we have differences.
  • He taught us that the best family times are being together.  You don’t have to spend a lot of money on fancy vacations.  Road trips to wherever, often to see family and friends.  Camping trips in the mountains.
  • He taught us the power of laughter.  We have so many funny stories and moments from our Dad.  Always finding something to have a little joke.
  • He taught us that it’s OK to show your emotions.  We think this was later in life, for sure, but the hint of tears in his eyes every time we said good bye to head back to Switzerland showed how much he loved his family.  Those twinkling eyes that would get even more twinkly.  Or maybe he just softened from years around being us girls and finally gave up.

The Fun Times: Grandkids & Retirement

Dan had 10 years after he retired to enjoy the finer things in life - boating, camping, road trips, working on vintage cars, tinkering around the house, and travel.  Some of his favorite places to travel was to Europe to visit Tonya, Peter, Katie, Jack, and Nora as well as San Diego to visit Christine, Casey, Piper, and Ainsley.  He and Barb visited some amazing places - Mexico, Tahiti, Nicaragua, Sicily, Amalfi Coast, Iceland, Switzerland, Ireland, Corsica, and many places across the US - and often met some interesting characters along the way!

One of his greatest loves was his grandchildren.  The good times that he spent with his daughters translated into even more special times with his grandkids, especially with Tami & Alex’s children, Hannah, Kylie, and Dane, who have lived close for their whole lives.  He always had the candy jar and jelly beans ready for the grandkids, and he continued his presence at sports events, music concerts, and graduations. Dan and Barb had a tradition of an 8-year old trip with each of their grandkids, which has been one of the best memories for all of them, where the kids learned how to fish, how to whittle a stick, and how to eat so much ice cream they get sick. :-)

Recent stories
Shared by ED Anderson on February 17, 2021
First met Dan and Barb back in Pacifica on Esplanade. I do remember Thanksgiving dinners, barbecuing aTurkey and Dan sitting back and laughing when the turkey caught fire. Was there when the twins were born, also remember the white Nova and  the Cookie Monster van. Had many good times, all so remeber when Dan joined PG &E and I was attending Skyline college. As stated before, time and circumstances keep getting in the way, sorry for not keeping in contact. Barb you know me, just felt out of place.God bless Barb and the rest of the family and also the wonderful memories from years past in Christs name.
Shared by Ben Cross on February 16, 2021
My Condolences to Dan's family.
I first met Dan at Hot Line School in Grand Junction in 1985. Dan and I were selected as underground Instructors and were to instruct the class on how to splice 600 amp cables.
First Dan and I had to pull in three 1000 mcm cables into a splicing vault. The cables are very heavy and I really appreciated Dan's strength. Dan and I talked about line work and had a few beers after class. Dan explained that he was a line foreman and I explained that I was a Journey Lineman and lead lineman, we had great conversations  about doing Line work and promised to keep in touch. I retired from the City of Longmont Power and Communications in 2000 and found out that The City of Loveland Light and Power was looking for a Substation Technician and SCADA Technician. I went to work in 2001 and Had Dan as my General Foreman.  I really enjoyed working with Dan and he was an excellent supervisor, and became friends. I have many great memories of Dan and Barb, and will greatly miss him.  Heaven just got a great man in Dan!
Shared by Larry Kolar on February 10, 2021
Dan and I first met at Flak Kaserne, Augsburg, Germany in 1969.  I thought it was only  sociably to introduce Dan to Munich and Octoberfest, which was just starting his first weekend in Germany.  He really enjoyed the Octoberfest and had an interesting experience the next morning.  That night we left Dan in a spare bedroom at an apartment of some friends, five young women, which was also a surprise to him.  The next morning Dan awoke in a bare bones bedroom, no linen on the bed, just a mattress and bars on the window.  At first Dan thought he was in jail but he tried the door which was unlocked.  Not knowing where he was Dan ventured down the hall.  He found one of the young women in the kitchen, Betsy (which I later married), and had to reintroduce himself.  Not remember much about the night before Dan wasn't sure if anyone would return for him.  In his typical personality Dan did not worry, he knew everything would workout.  Since that time Dan has been a wonderful friend and we made many more trips to Munich, Berchtesgarden and Garmisch until Betsy and I left Germany.  Even though we lived in different states we always stayed in touch and tried to meet every couple years.  Betsy and I will miss Dan's smile personality and friendship.
Bear and Betsy