Dan C. DeGraw December 25, 1926 - September 12, 2021

In the evening hours of Sunday, September 12, 2021, one of the great generation, Dan Calvin DeGraw, age 94, passed away at Central Utah Veteran’s Home in Payson, Utah, unexpectedly, after a very short illness.  He was a good son and devoted brother, a hard-working husband, and the guiding force as our dad and grandpa, and he was a thoughtful neighbor. He was a life-long resident of Spanish Fork, Utah.

Dan was born December 25, 1926, in Spanish Fork, Utah, to John Clarence DeGraw and Estella Olivia Mortensen DeGraw. He had five sisters: Faye, Vera Mae, Helen, LaRee, and Betty Lou; and one brother, Jack.

He attended school in Spanish Fork through the ninth grade, but when he learned his brother, Jack, who was fighting with the US military in WWII, had been taken captive as a POW, Dan went off to find him.  Determined to bring him home, Dan enlisted, and ended up serving his country in the US Coast Guard Merchant Marines for several years. He was patriotic his entire life.  In his later years, as a WWII Veteran, he had the opportunity to serve as a member of the VFW Honor Guard, a service in which he was proud to participate.

Dan married Farol Maxine Clayson, in Provo, Utah. They were later sealed in the Manti Utah Temple in 1964. They had been married 72 years, at the time of her passing away, in July 2017.  Together, they raised their family in Spanish Fork, three sons and two daughters: Diane, Gary, Denise, Rod, and Kent.

He worked as a Coreman at Pacific States Cast Iron Pipe Company for 44 years.  Always a hard worker, he wasn’t suited to sitting still after retirement, so liking to be busily engaged in something, he went to work at the Pit Stop gas and convenience store on North Main Street in Spanish Fork.  He was very sociable and was happy to see many people each day. That job was a natural fit, and he didn’t really think of it as work. He also worked at Duke’s Lanes (bowling alley) in Spanish Fork, where he was a “jack-of-all-trades” helping with everything from pin-setting to repairs to renting shoes. Later, still wanting something to keep himself busy, he became a van driver for Spanish Fork Senior Citizens, which he really liked doing.  Just seeing the smiles of all the cute little Senior Citizens Center ladies, when he arrived to take them on their errands or appointments or to lunch, was a highlight of his days.

Dan was a member of the Elks Lodge for over 20 years. He was active in the Spanish Fork community as a member of the Jaycees service organization. He also coached Little League baseball for years in Spanish Fork, teaching and mentoring young men. Coaching was something he loved.

He was a sports enthusiast, from baseball to golf, a good athlete in his own right – he did it all.  He was also an avid outdoorsman. He kept an immaculate yard.  But what he loved most was watching his own children and then his grandchildren play sports.  Being at all those events was almost a full-time job and he absolutely loved every minute.

Dan is survived by four of his five children: Gary DeGraw of Spanish Fork, Utah; Denise (Buddy) Bradford of Spanish Fork, Utah; Rod DeGraw of St. George, Utah; and Kent DeGraw of Provo, Utah; also survived by his son-in-law, Paul Abraham of Spanish Fork, Utah.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Farol; his daughter, Diane DeGraw Abraham, and a grandson, Ryan Hardy.  Additionally preceded in death by his parents; all of his siblings . . . his brother, Jack; and his sisters: Faye (who died in infancy), Vera Mae McKee, Helen McKee, LaRee Gottfredson, and Betty Lou Simonson (their family is now together, for eternity; for better, or for worse.)  Dear God, we send You our best.

The family expresses much appreciation to the knowledgeable and kind caregivers at Central Utah Veterans Center for making Dan’s last days comfortable; and, also gives their thanks to the ER staff at Payson Mt. View Hospital for their care.

A graveside service for Dan (family and friends welcome) will be held Thursday, September 16, 2021,  at 11:30 a.m. at Spanish Fork City Cemetery, 420 South 400 East, Spanish Fork, Utah 84660  Military Honors will be accorded.  The family will not be having a public viewing.

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Graveside Service

~Military Honors will be accorded~

Thursday morning, September 16, 2021
11:30 a.m.
Spanish Fork City Cemetery
420 South 400 East
Spanish Fork, Utah 84660


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    Savannah Shelley says

    I had the pleasure of taking care of Dan at the Veterans home and I will never forget him! He was always so sweet to me and loved spending the day doing puzzles or scaring me at the nurses station. I will never forget his sweet face and great advice. I love you Dan and hope you had the best reunion with your sweet wife.

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    David Warren says

    Dan was a great little league coach and teacher of young men. I was grateful to have known him in my younger years playing ball. He always treated us boys with respect, love and desire to get better. My deepest sympathies to his children and other family members.

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    zoom says

    To Dan’s family: Your dad has always been kind to me throughout his life. I have enjoyed my visits with him, when ever I was in town from Wyoming or Washington. He was a great father-in-law through out my marriage to Denise. I will genuinely miss this great man.

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      Denise Bradford says

      Thanks Zoom! Dad always loved to tell funny stories about what a klutz you are! Dad loved you Terry. Thanks for all the laughter!

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    Larry &Sharon Creer says

    Sorry to hear of your dads passing. He was such a good guy and I know he will be missed “until” you meet again.

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    Cal Houghton says

    Loved Dan! He was an inspiration to me which has lasted my entire life. He told me once he took a chance on me when he drafted me for his little league team when I was nine years old, but I was the true winner having him as my coach and a great example in my life. Rest In Peace Dan, I will always remember your friendship and kindness!

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      Denise Bradford says

      I remember you so well but it seems like my dad called you Calvin Houghton. No matter, my dad was so proud of you! I sometimes feel like my dad was sometimes a little bit tough it was because he believed in his team so much. Thank you Cal, for the fond memories.

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    Tilar Christensen says

    What a beautiful way to honor such a beautiful human. Dan was about the best person I’ve ever gotten the chance to know and I am so lucky to have had our paths cross and I got to take care of him. I’m so incredibly sorry for you loss he will be so missed here at the veterans home. We love you Dan ❤️

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