Daniel Arthur Dumas
Daniel Arthur Dumas was born November 4, 1946 and passed away April 24, 2010. He was preceded in death by his parents, Art and Alice Dumas, his niece, Shannon Dumas, and granddaughter Samantha Wightman.
Daniel spent his early life living in Lee Vining, California and learned to hunt and fish from his dad. He loved to explore and always had a tale to tell about something. The family moved to Big Pine in the late 1950s. After high school he went to Sierra College in Rocklin, California and then came back to the Owens Valley for a few years. Dan worked for DWP and moved to the Saugus/Newhall area.
He married Gretchen on Valentine’s Day, 1990, with a horse drawn sleigh in Lake Tahoe, they moved to Rifle in 1998. He loved his life in Colorado and built a garage which would later house many of the antique cars that he restored. He loved to hunt and fish, but most of all he loved his friends and family. He had a gift of story telling and would bring a smile to everyone who would listen. He enjoyed the deer and elk that would eat apricots from his trees and loved the “thunder boomers”. He taught his niece, Shannon, to hunt and she got a huge 3 point buck that she would later say was her “beautiful buck that Uncle Danny helped her get”. He would later stay by her side as she fought her battle with leukemia.
Danny is survived by his wife Gretchen; son and daughter-in-law Troy and Paula Dumas; daughter and son-in-law Ronie and Greg Wightman; brothers and sisters-in-law Doug and Shelly Dumas and Richard and Vivian Williams; sister and brother-in-law Dawn and George Kirby; grandchildren Kayla and Tanner Dumas, and Brandi Wightman; nephews Carson Kirby and Danny Dumas; nieces Cassie Martinez, Kelli Van Nest, Angela Argyle and Mindy Mischell; and many great-nephews and -nieces.
Viewing will take place at the Rifle Funeral Home, Wednesday, May 5th, between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM.
Funeral services will be held, Thursday, May 6th at 11:00 AM at the Dumas Family property in Rifle.
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