Daniel Oren Hathaway
Dan Hathaway passed away unexpectedly February 5, 2020. Dan was born October 2, 1943 to Priscilla and Lester Hathaway in Big Timber, Montana. The family moved around following Lester on road construction, eventually landing in Billings, Montana. Dan attended both West High and Senior High. After graduating from Senior High in 1963, he worked as a truck driver, doing some of the same jobs as his father. Dan was in the Naval Reserves and then went on to active duty. He was an engine mechanic aboard the USS Grandville S. Hall, part of the Project SHAD in the Pacific during the Vietnam War. After his discharge Dan returned to Billings and truck driving. He worked for Montana Electric and Salt Creek Freightways. Dan married Gail Smith, and they were blessed with three daughters: Lynette, Rebecca, and Jillian. They were later divorced.
After Salt Creek closed, Dan decided to go to college. While in college Dan married Susan Kelly. Dan received his bachelor’s degree in 1992 and his Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling in 1994. After trying to open his own counseling office, Dan went to work at New Day Ranch. With health issues, Dan retired and concentrated on his woodworking in his shop. The family has received many items from the shop. Dan and Susan purchased land by the Cooney Reservoir and had a cabin built. The cabin became a place where Dan could escape the city and use some of his skills working on it.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents Priscilla and Lester Hathaway; sister Donna McLane; and his dogs Tyke and Rudy. Dan is survived by his wife Susan; sisters Elaine Verkist, Karen (Ken) Brown, and Beth (Paul) Buck; daughters Lynette (Bill) Hicks, Rebecca (Shelley) Hathaway, and Jillian (John) Reynolds; stepchildren Teresa (James) Kelly and Cody (Cassandra) Kelly; grandchildren Tyler Hicks, Allyssa Hicks, D.J. Gawron, Joseph Gawron, Michael Reynolds, Lana Reynolds, Alec Meacham, and Cyleigh Kelly. He also leaves behind his dog, Bentley Grace.
A celebration of Dan’s life will be held at 11:00 A.M. on February 15 at Shiloh United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dog Tag Buddies (PO Box 250, Shepherd, MT 59079), or Shiloh United Methodist Church.