Daniel Raymond Wright
1948 - 2019
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Daniel Raymond Wright died peacefully of cancer in his home on 9/18/19. He was born and raised in northern Michigan on 9/16/1948. Dan served honorably in Vietnam during 1967.

Dan is loved and missed by his surviving family which includes his siblings, Monte Wright (Rhonda), Ruthanne Price (Rick), and David Wright (Brenda); two daughters, Rene Driscoll and April Gowen; four grandchildren, Cassie Driscoll, Jackie Driscoll, Brianna Driscoll, and Darien White; and nephew, Jeremy Wright.

Daniel lived in Dolores, Colorado where he manufactured log homes and rebuilt chainsaws and musical instruments. He moved to Colorado in 1977 where he was known as Dunton Dan. He loved the mountains, elk hunting, playing bluegrass music, and putting a smile on people's faces. For Memorial information, contact his daughter, April Gowen at (970)209-1022 or toran0909@gmail.com Daniel Raymond Wright

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Published in The Journal on Sep. 20, 2019.
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December 10, 2019
Rest in peace...
John Bagwell
December 5, 2019
Although our acquaintance was originally business, Dan became a friend. When my wife inherited the family Stradivarius, Dan made it work. And then he played it with love. We miss you.

Robert and Trisha Elmore
Robert Elmore
November 22, 2019
He was such a nice man, it is sad to hear of the news of his passing.
A. M.
November 5, 2019
Thanks Dan for building our log house! You were so nice to work with and our house is beautiful! Also, thanks for sharing your love of music with me and giving me a guitar for the children to learn how to play. So sorry we didn't get to fulfill your dream of a jam session at my new house as it is still being finished up inside! Rest In Peace friend!
Catherine Boyd
October 2, 2019
Just received the sad news!You will be missed Dan'l!
Lilly & Fritz Orbke
September 30, 2019
We are so sorry to hear about Dan. My husband knew him for at least 25 years. He worked for him off and on for the last 5 years. We just found out today. Sorry we missed his memorial. Prayers to his family. He will be deeply missed.. Shannon and Kristine Martin
September 24, 2019
I ran into dan pretty often around town. We originally met because I needed work done on my violin. He always had a smile and was cheerful. He loved showing me the work he had done to bring the instruments back to life! I ran into him this summer for the last time and we sat at a table and talked for two hours. He talked about his jerky making, hunting and everything else that popped into our heads. I will miss running into him. His smile could make everyone around him smile because he was a truly happy person.
Donna P
September 22, 2019
Rick and Ruthanne Wright Price
We have lost a beautiful soul who kept us laughing and was generous to everyone! I will miss you dear brother! Love, Ruthanne
Ruthanne Wright Price
September 21, 2019
Meliah and Tesla
Jeremy Wright
September 21, 2019
Bailey Wright and Tesla Wright.
Jeremy Wright
September 21, 2019
Jeremy and Alex fishing with our Trump Punch
Jeremy Wright
September 21, 2019
Watching the ice leave the bay. Jeremy Tesla Meliah Vashta
Jeremy Wright
September 21, 2019
Jeremy and Vashta
Jeremy Wright
September 21, 2019
Day at thde beach-jeremy
Jeremy Wright
September 21, 2019
Daddys angel....Meliah Wright
Jeremy Wright
September 21, 2019
Jeremy and daughter Bailey
Jeremy Wright
September 21, 2019
Jeremy and Vashta
Everyone was put on this beautiful world with a purpose. My Uncle Dannys purpose was to spread happiness. He had an infectious smile that would spread like wildfire across a room. He was one of those people that others are naturally drawn to. He always had a smile on his face, especially playing music. It didnt matter what kind of music, as long as it moved him. I always remember the weekly bluegrass sessions in our living room. Grandpa Earl and my Aunt and Uncles all with their instruments. It usually took about an hour for everyone to get in tune....but looking back, it was worth the wait.
Uncle Danny taught me alot of things. He taught me to respect nature and only take what i need. He taught me how to make knives and elk jerky. He showed me that every day can be a good day if we just let it be.
As a child i would ride on his back in the north branch whitefish river. When i got a bit older, we climbed a mountain in Colorado and touched the sky.
We i was 21 we sat naked (because that how mountain men do) in the natural hot springs in Dunton.
He took me to the log yards and showed me how to find the best logs for building a cabin up to his standards.
When you were with Uncle Danny, you were always learning, because he was always teaching. He didnt realize he was teaching, it was just how he did things. Watching him was a learning experience. The way he just smiled and people wanted to talk to him. He lived by the rule of "Treat others as you would like to be treated.
There is not enough space to truly tell all the amazing contributions he made to my life, so i hope he knew what he meant to me.
Uncle Danny didnt want a big deal made,so i hope that everyone takes the time to remember all those good times,the laughs, the stories, the music,the talent and the joy that he gave to everyone lucky enough to know him.
I love you Uncle Danny
Jeremy Wright
September 21, 2019
Everyone was put on this beautiful world with a purpose. My Uncle Dannys purpose was to spread happiness. He had an infectious smile that would spread like wildfire across a room. He was one of those people that others are naturally drawn to. He always had a smile on his face, especially playing music. It didnt matter what kind of music, as long as it moved him. I always remember the weekly bluegrass sessions in our living room. Grandpa Earl and my Aunt and Uncles all with their instruments. It usually took about an hour for everyone to get in tune....but looking back, it was worth the wait. Uncle Danny taught me alot of things. He taught me to respect nature and only take what i need. He taught me how to make knives and elk jerky. He showed me that every day can be a good day if we just let it be. As a child i would ride on his back in the north branch whitefish river. When i got a bit older, we climbed a mountain in Colorado and touched the sky.We i was 21 we sat naked (because that how mountain men do) in the natural hot springs in Dunton. He took me to the log yards and showed me how to find the best logs for building a cabin up to his standards.When you were with Uncle Danny, you were always learning, because he was always teaching. He didnt realize he was teaching, it was just how he did things. Watching him was a learning experience. The way he just smiled and people wanted to talk to him. He lived by the rule of "Treat others as you would like to be treated. There is not enough space to truly tell all the amazing contributions he made to my life, so i hope he knew what he meant to me.Uncle Danny didnt want a big deal made,so i hope that everyone takes the time to remember all those good times,the laughs, the stories, the music,the talent and the joy that he gave to everyone lucky enough to know him.I love you Uncle Danny
Jeremy Wright
September 20, 2019
Kim maxwell not Kim maxwezz!
Kim maxwell
September 20, 2019
Dan was a great man!!!! He always had a big smile. I will miss talking to him at Wendy's. RIP Dan.
Kim Maxwekk
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