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Daniel Thomas Driscoll

July 6, 1950 ~ April 27, 2019 (age 68)
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Mr. Daniel Driscoll died unexpectedly on a lovely Spring morning on April 27, 2019, at his home near Dayville, Oregon at the age of 68. Daniel is survived by his wife, Deanne; children, Andrea, Daniel, Marguerite; 9 grandchildren; and many friends and family members.

Daniel was born on July 6th, 1950 in Boston, Massachusetts to Marguerite & James Driscoll. The family moved to Oregon in 1956 and Dayville in 1957.  His father built a trout farm, and his mother raised four children, many dogs and cats, and even a herd of sheep, while Dan attended Dayville Grade School.  Dan went on to the Fountain Valley School in Colorado and Bishop Dagwell Hall in Portland for high school. In high school, Dan made many of the friends that were a major part of his life thereafter and began to develop his well-deserved reputation for working hard and playing hard.

After high school, Dan attended the University of Oregon, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1972 and a Master’s Degree in International Business in 1973.  During college, Dan participated in the junior year abroad program between the U of O and the Nyenrode Business University in the Netherlands. While there, Dan did a six-week internship at the European headquarters for Caterpillar in Geneva, Switzerland, an experience that later developed into his long and successful career with that company.  He also developed a life-long attachment to the University, and especially for his beloved Oregon Ducks.

After college, Dan joined with two friends from high school to form a company, American Fossil,  to develop a diatomite mine near Christmas Valley. After much hard work, trial and error, they built a successful mining and processing facility, established a market and brand name, and eventually sold the company.  Having expressed his entrepreneurial side, Dan then brushed off his MBA in international business and applied for a position with Caterpillar. The contacts he had made in Geneva during his college internship led to his prompt acceptance, and he was off on a career that took him to Mexico, Guatemala, Miami, and Peoria. In 1976, he married Deanne Boren and raised three children together through many adventures. After many successful positions at Caterpillar, Dan retired early to pursue his lifelong dream to return to Eastern Oregon and restore his father’s business.

Dan passionate loved people, children, dogs, cats, and many more creatures of the earth. He was wise with money, yet shared generously with all and lived a large life. He was a dedicated member of the Grant County community and always cherished his opportunities to serve therein.

Funeral held at 10:00 am May 4th at Saint Elizabeth Catholic Church, with a reception to follow at Dayville Community Center. Father Christie Tissera will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Daniel's life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Elks Lodge of John Day through Driskill Memorial Chapel at 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR  97845, or by adopting a Sturgeon at

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