HYRUM, Utah – Daniel Preston Painter, 60, passed away peacefully at his home in Hyrum, Utah, surrounded by his beloved family on Sunday, November 5, 2006, from renal (kidney) cancer.
Dan was born January 31, 1946 in Hot Springs, South Dakota to Preston and Marion Cranston Painter. He was the fourth child of ten children. Dan attended the local schools and graduated from Lead High School in Lead, South Dakota.
After graduation, Dan served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Anaheim, California. He returned home to continue assisting his family on their ranch. They ranched in Western South Dakota and later in the Nebraska Panhandle.
It was while serving his mission, that he met his future bride, Melinda Lee McCain. They were married in the Los Angeles Temple on May 24, 1975. Together, they continued ranching and raising their family of six children. They moved to Hyrum, Utah, in July of 1989 and Dan founded the business known as Centennial Welding. They continued raising their family and enjoying Cache Valley, Utah.
Dan was an active member of the LDS Church and treasured his testimony of the Gospel. He was a great example of love and compassion; he cherished his family and enjoyed building his eternal relationship with his wife, children and grandchildren.
His wife Melinda and their six children survive him. The children are Preston William Painter, Logan, UT; Flynn P. and Cassandra Baker Painter, Schererville, IN; Kieth and Mariah L. Painter Petersen, Rigby, ID; Lewis L. and Nicole Parker Painter, Nibley, UT; Sarah B. Painter, Hyrum, UT; and Andrew M. Painter, San Jose, CA where he is currently serving a mission. Five precious grandchildren also survive.
Dan is survived by eight of his siblings. The siblings are Robert L and Jan Painter; Catherine E and Richard Dodd; Helen J and James Watson; Mary L and Rick Jacobs; Edward G and Rose Painter; Ruth D and Lee Henrikson; Carol E and Jerry Erickson; and Richard J and Claire Painter. His parents, grandparents and a brother, James Preston Painter, who died as an infant, preceded him in death.