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As we gather to reflect upon the life and legacy of Daniel L. McKinley, known fondly to us as Dan, we are reminded of what the Psalmist proclaimed, "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants." (Psalm 116:15). Dan was indeed a faithful servant, whose journey began on the 28th of May, 1943, in the beautiful city of Colorado Springs. It was there that he was bestowed with the breath of life that would become a beautiful testimony to the world until he was called to his eternal rest, at the age of 80, on the 4th of December, 2023 in the grand state of Colorado.
Dan was a man of many accomplishments, passions, and loves. His formative years were spent amidst the grandeur of the Rockies, which instilled in him an unshakeable love for nature and the outdoors. After completing his Bachelor of Arts at Chapman College, Dan proudly served his country as an Air Force veteran, where he specialized as a communications expert. His call to duty never ceased, and this was exemplified throughout his life in his commitment to serving the spiritual needs of others as an ordained minister with The Church of the Nazarene. His hands, skilled and sure, also earned him certification as a Watch and Clockmaker, an art he practiced with both precision and grace.
Hand in hand with his beloved spouse Karen, Dan ventured through the vast tapestry of life. His journey as a loving father to Janette Long and Dan McKinley was marked by joy, laughter, and an abundance of cherished moments. His mantle as' grandfather' to seven delightful grandchildren—Andrew, Adam, Rachel, Danny, Sarah, Josh, and Caleb—was donned with honorand delight. His siblings, Jim and Gail, found in him not just a brother, but a confidant and friend.
Professionally, Dan ventured from the halls of the Air Force to the Engineering Department at Mountain Bell, exhibiting excellence and integrity in every role he assumed. Upon retirement from the world of telecommunication, he returned to the delicate gears and springs of timepieces, founding a clock repair business that he would run until his last days. Pivoting once again in life's calling, in 1999, he became a missionary to Africa, traversing continents to spread hope and faith before taking on the mantle of a Senior Pastor in Cheyenne in 2003. After he retired in 2011, his passion for clock repair continued, a testament tohis enduring love for creativity and precision.
Dan’s interests painted the portrait of a man who relished the beauty of creation and human ingenuity. A music lover, a craftsman of model building, and an ardent sports fan cheering for the Broncos, the Avs, the Rockies, and the Buffalos, he found joy in the excitement and camaraderie of a game well-played. A man who once carved through the snow on skis, Dan later found peace in the tranquility of the woods, walking beneath the trees and reading amidst nature's embrace.
Indeed, the words that best encapsulate Daniel L. McKinley are faith-filled, handy, and creative. His was a life that radiated the love of Christ, and in every facet, from his ministry to his craftsmanship, Dan was an embodiment of service and artistry.
Today, as we bid farewell to a stalwart of faith, loving family man, loyal friend, and honorable citizen, let us take solace in the words of Revelation 14:13: "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." Dan lived in the Lord, and so in the Lord he finds his rest.
As we commend Daniel L. McKinley into the everlasting arms of our Savior, let us celebrate the time we were granted with him and hold fast to the knowledge that in the Glory of Heaven, Jesus continues to watch over us, as steadfast as the ticking of a clock, as endless as the love he shared and we know that he is with Him.
Funeral Service 10:30 AM, Monday December 11, 2023 at The Crossing Chruch 3501 W. 104th Ave. Westminster, CO 80031. Reception to Follow
Interment 1:00 PM Crown Hill Cemetery 7777 W. 29th. Ave. Wheat Ridge, CO 80033.