Nolan Daniel passed away on April 6, 2007, at his home in Bellevue, Idaho, with his wife of 69 years and his daughter and her close friend at his side. He was born in St. Anthony, Idaho, on Nov. 4, 1917 to Homer and Mary (Corey) Daniel. On April 1, 1938, he married Dorothy Hobbs. They have lived in Hailey and Bellevue with their daughter for the last 29 years, spending the winters in Washington, Utah.
Nolan owned Daniel Drywall Construction for 30 years in Idaho Falls, he also worked in the shipyards during World War II and worked for General Mills. He was a lifetime member of the Elks Club.
He was loved by many. He enjoyed bowling, pitching horseshoes, fishing, hunting, barbecuing, golfing, playing pool, playing cards, being a great companion to his grandchildren and was a devoted husband, father and brother. He had a favorite poem that he would want to share:
The Man in the Glass
When you get what you want in your struggle for wealth and the world makes you king for a day,
Just go to the mirror and look at yourself
and see what that man has to say.
For it isn't your father, or mother, or wife
whose judgement on you must pass
The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life
is the one staring back from the glass.
Some people may think you're a straight shooting chum and call you a wonderful guy,
But the man in the glass says you're only a bum
if you can't look him straight in the eye.
He's the fellow to please, never mind all the rest
for he's with you clear up to the end,
And you have passed your most difficult test
if the man in the glass is your friend.
You may fool the whole world down the pathway of life
and get pats on your back as you pass,
But your final reward will be heartaches and tears
if you cheated the man in the glass.
Nolan is survived by his wife Dorothy, his daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Chris Matey of Bellevue; his two sons and their wives Garry and Jackie Daniel and Dayle and Karen Daniel of Idaho Falls. He has 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He also has three brothers, three brothers-in-law, one sister and four sisters-in-law all over the age of 80.
The family would like to thank all of the compassionate people supporting them in this transitioning. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in the memory of Nolan Daniel to the wonderful Hospice of the Wood River Valley, Box 4320, Ketchum, ID 83340. Arrangements are under the care of Wood River Chapel of Hailey.