Dan Painter, 65, passed away at home in Lawing on March 7, 2022. He arrived in Alaska when he was five months old and chose to make this his lifelong home. No services will be held according to his wishes, but a celebration of life will be June 18, 2 p.m. at the family home. His ashes will be spread in Kenai Lake and Resurrection Bay.
He grew up in Cooper Landing, where he enjoyed an active outdoor lifestyle. One of his favorite memories was of floating down the Kenai River on ice flows in a wet suit.
After graduating high school in Seward in 1975 he started a long career as a heavy equipment mechanic and operator. He helped build the Alaska Pipeline and spent many years working on the North Slope. At home there wasn’t any plan that couldn’t be overbuilt or improved upon. He designed custom wood stoves with a lifetime guarantee. He retired from the State of Alaska DOT after 24 years to his recliner so he could watch NASCAR races and read, things he hadn’t had time to do while working and helping raise his children.
He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 40 years Ann Whitmore-Painter; daughters Andrea (Ronnie) and Stephanie (Stephen); beloved grandchildren Dresden Reith, Dawn Latimer, and Graycen Minter; parents Mona and Larry Painter; sister and brothers Kathy (Craig) Tarcon, Peter (Kim) Mlynarik, Erik (Jodi) Painter, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles.
There is one less squire in Lynchburg, Tennessee now.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.