December 5, 2012
Dan Keenan of Clifton died with family by his side on Nov. 26, 2012, at Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado due to complications from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). He was born on the way to Kremmling at the intersection of Hwy 34 and 40 on April 13, 1955. Dan grew up in Tabernash and attended East Grand Schools. While attending Middle Park High School he played football and was named to the Colorado All-State team his senior year. Dan excelled as a nordic combined skier and was honored to be part of the US Nordic Combined Ski Team from 1972 through 1976. The team was the first American team to enter and compete in Russia. Dan ranked as the number one US nordic combined skier for three years and finished tenth in the world.
Dan drove trucks throughout Colorado and nationwide for 39 years, specializing in hauling in rough mountain terrain and hauling difficult equipment. His real passion was raising and feeding cattle and farming to raise hay. Both of these careers allowed Dan to be in the great outdoors that he loved until he was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in 2010.
Dan always displayed a positive and upbeat attitude that brought joy and laughter to those that knew him. He is remembered for his fun spirit, smile and willingness to unselfishly lend a hand to those he knew. He was an inspiration to all.
He is survived by his wife Kay, two sons Jimmy (Denice) and Dusty (Tammy) Keenan and two grandchildren, Garret and Emma Keenan. He is also survived by his parents Larry and Alpha Rae Keenan; brothers Tom (Angie) and Larry (Michelle) and sisters Cindy Keenan and Tammy (Guy) Granger.
A memorial service will be held on Dec. 8, 2012, at 11a.m. at Crossroads United Methodist Church in Grand Junction. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Dan Keenan Mobility Fund, the ALS Association or Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado.