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He was born Feb. 1, 1964, at the Naval Hospital in Key West, Fla.
Dan moved to Burns in 1975 when his father, who was born and raised in Burns, retired from the Navy. Dan attended school in Burns.
The family moved to Walla Walla, Wash., in 1980 after Edward Hines Lumber Company reduced operations. He attended school there, working the summers for local farm operations. After leaving school, he was employed in several occupations, including gas station attendant, wood stove manufacturing, bow building and other operations for a local processing plant.
Eventually, Dan moved back to Burns, where he always liked living. He worked at McDonald’s, Coachworks and LP laminated beam plant, where he was a leadman before the company shut down. During his time here, he met Janet DeLay. They married in 2008, and Dan was the happiest he had ever been in his life. After LP shut down, Dan and Janet moved to Pilot Rock, where he worked at the lumber mill there. They also bought and ran a coffee stand. When Dan became unable to work in the lumber mill, they moved back to Burns.
After returning to Burns, Dan and Janet eventually went to work for the Malheur Field Station. He was employed there as the maintenance supervisor until he was unable to work, shortly before his death.
Dan always enjoyed being around other people and, because of this, he was able to make friends easily. He always kept track of his family and friends, calling them or going to visit them frequently, just to see how they were. Whenever there was a gathering of friends and/or family, Dan would always keep the kids occupied and entertained. They loved him for it.
Dan is survived by his wife, Janet; two step-daughters, Melissa and Samantha DeLay; grandsons, Tristin and Owen; granddaughter, Jaiden; parents, Louis and Evelyn Stewart; brother, Louis Stewart; sister, Yvonne Coyne; brother, David Stewart and wife, Cindy; nieces, Taya and Beccah Stewart, Crystal Cook, Felisha Fernandez and Michelle Miller; nephews, Michael Manning and David Stewart; several grand-nieces and grand-nephews; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and their children.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Andrew Stewart; grandmother, Agatha Robison; grandfather, Preston Robison; grandmother, Veave Miller; grandfather, Clarence Miller; uncle, Preston Robison; and aunt, Linda Robison.
There will be a Celebration of Life, with a potluck dinner, at Triangle Park June 21, beginning at 2 p.m. and lasting until visitation has concluded or dark.
The family requests that those wishing to make a donation do so to an organization or charity of their choice.