Daniel A. Sandahl died Friday, June 22, 2018 at the age of 67, surrounded by his family, after a seven-year fight with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Dan was born April 14, 1951 in Allegan, Michigan to Elmer and Frances (Miks) Sandahl. He spoke fondly of spending his youth working with his father in construction and baking cookies with his mother. He graduated from Michigan State University with degrees in Forestry and Soil Science.
After meeting and falling in love with Maureen (Midge) Darin in Dayton, Ohio they married in 1981. Together, they felt the pull to move back to Michigan in 1984 and settled in St. Johns. Dan worked for the Mid-Michigan District Health Department for 15 years, finishing as the Director of Environmental Health. He later moved to the Department of Environmental Quality in the water division until his retirement in 2012.
Dan was active in St. Joseph Catholic Church and served as Grand Knight with the Knights of Columbus. Yet, Dan gained the most satisfaction from coaching his children in soccer and traveling the world with his family. He will be remembered for his undying humor, his love and devotion to his wife and family, and his many meaningful and personal conversations.
Daniel is survived by his wife of 37 years, Midge; his four treasured children, Greg, Marisa, David and Caryn and his grandchildren, Liam and Lydia who love him dearly.
A Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate the life of Dan will be hosted at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church 109 Linden St. St. Johns with Msgr. Robert Lunsford as Celebrant. The family will receive relatives and friends 2-4 and 6-8 PM Tuesday at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns. A Knights of Columbus rosary will be prayed at 7:30 PM on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 2111 University Park Dr. Suite 200 Okemos, MI 48864.