Mother: Grew up on a farm in Idaho, school/community/church volunteer, great cook/caterer, stay-at-home mom, youngest of nine children, her dad died when she was 6 years old,- raised by single mom, 78 years young.
Born: March 14, 1955 in Mesa, Arizona-3rd child-older brother and sister; younger brother.
A family of college graduates, extremely successful in insurance, real estate and investment banking; church leaders, coaches, community volunteers, political activists, very patriotic and huge football/ basketball fans!
8 Years Old
Young Dan battled through weeks of hospitalization to overcome a life- threatening, cancerous abscess in his throat.
Was an All-Star baseball player from 9 to 12 years old, started playing football at age 10 and was a proud Cub Scout earning all ranks including “Webelos.”
12 Years Old
Dan acted in stage plays, appeared in TV and radio commercials, was the voice of a TV cartoon character named “Rupert” and appeared weekly on the television series, “47 Happiness Way,” broadcast on CBS, directed and produced by Fred and Don Bluth.
In 1967 as a junior high school student, Dan wrote two of his most powerful and famous stories to enter in essay/speech contests: “The Circus” about Dan’s dad teaching him Service Above Self and “Puppies for Sale” about a physically challenged boy finding a physically challenged dog who needed someone who “understands.”
At ages 12,13 & 14, Dan’s Little League Football Team went undefeated, won the State Championship and played in Santa Clara, California in the “Toys for Tots Bowl” and in Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado and Alhambra, California against their champions.
Dan started playing the guitar at 8 yrs old and played the trumpet and the drums in the Junior High School band.
During his Teenage Years Dan Started Developing an Extraordinary Pattern of Exemplary Work Ethic, Risk Taking and Winning.
Golden Gloves Boxing Champion
Moto X Racer winning on the Intermountain Circuit
Alpine Ski Racer for “GTO” – Gaddis Training Organization
Competitively ski jumped
Sang in the High School Performing Choir
“LIFE” Boy Scout (turning 18 years old one merit badge shy of his Eagle!)
Four sport, nine time high school Letterman on #1 state ranked teams in football, basketball, baseball and track – team captain; “Sunkist All-American” in football; beat the state track champion in 100 yard dash (9.9 seconds); All-Star pitcher with an invitation tryout with the Kansas City Royals major league baseball organization
Highly Recruited Athlete (UCLA, Colorado, Arizona State, Nebraska, etc.), accepted a full ride, four-year scholarship in football and baseball to the University of Utah
At the University Dan majored in Business Management and Psychology with intentions of following in his uncle’s footsteps and attending the J. Reuben Clark Law School named after him! Dan pledged Sigma Chi Fraternity and made time for modeling and even played significant roles in three NBC Movies of the Week, including “Time Machine.”
In his junior year, Dan started his own printing company, serving exclusive clients such as J.F. Images Modeling/Talent Agency out of Denver, Colorado. Dan also started his own summertime, full-service landscaping company, working with high-end home owners, designing and installing sprinklers, walls, fountains and greenery.