Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home & Hillcrest Mausoleum & Memorial Park
7405 West Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX
Danny Boswell Lain
February 16, 1948 – August 7, 2019
In memory of Dan Lain:
Dan was born February 16, 1948 in Hereford, Texas to R. B. and Clara Jo Lain. He died peacefully at home on August 7, 2019 after a courageous two year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Dan graduated from Lubbock Monterey High School in 1966. Following high school, he served as a Ranger in the United States Army. Dan was a 1st Lieutenant and between 1967-68, led men in combat during the Vietnam War. Near the end of his military commission he taught repelling at West Point.
Following his military service, Dan enrolled at Texas Tech University where he graduated in 1974 with a major in economics and a minor in accounting. Over the next 40 years, Dan successfully pursued his career in business, first at the Arthur Andersen accounting firm (1975-1980), then in the oil & gas industry with Stroube Exploration (1980-82). In 1982, he went into business for himself specializing in matters of bankruptcy accounting and trustee work. In 1986, Dan founded Lain Faulkner with his friend Dennis Faulkner. The firm continued to specialize in bankruptcy work, serving in a fiduciary role as trustees in many prominent and high-profile cases. Dan believed that if you created a working environment that’s fun, people would want to stay. He was right. Many of the people at Lain Faulkner have worked together for decades. Those who worked with Dan had a high respect for his intelligence and business acumen, but more than anything, he was a “people person.” Forming important relationships in the business world was easy for Dan because he simply loved being around people. When Dan was around, there was as much storytelling as business being discussed.
Outside of business, Dan’s life was full. He was a dedicated follower of Jesus Christ and his value system reflected that. Straight-forward, honest, and generous are just a few of the words that describe Dan. He married Sally in January 2003. Together, they lived life! With family, on the hiking trail, in Bible studies, taking yoga classes together, on the golf course, and always with friends. In recent years, Dan and Sally could often be found in Durango, Colorado. It had always been a dream of Dan’s to have a place in Colorado, which he had visited and loved throughout his life. Their time in Durango was especially joyous, and when Dan told anyone and everyone to come visit, he truly meant it. Friends and family were a constant anytime Dan and Sally were in Colorado. In any setting you never had to wonder if Dan was nearby . . . you could hear him! Dan loved golf, especially his Saturday morning group. With jokes and laughter, they were undoubtedly the loudest foursome at Lakewood Country Club. A huge personality, Dan had a quick smile, a big laugh, and was without a stitch of pretentiousness. Dan’s affection, love, and friendship will be dearly missed. His family and friends are comforted knowing that Dan will spend eternity in the loving presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Dan is survived by his beloved wife Sally; his sister Judy and her husband Richard Dixon; his brother Rick Lain; his daughter Jennifer and her husband Nicholas Wheeler; his son Randy and his wife Christen; Sally’s daughters April and Jenni, and their husbands Kelly Miller and Don Tittle; his niece Sayla Burke; his nephew John Dixon; and last, but certainly not least his seven adored grand-children, Elaina, Sophia, Logan, Luke, Victoria, Tiffany, and Katelyn.
A memorial service will be held Monday, August 12 at 2:00 pm in Ellis Chapel at Park Cities Baptist Church with reception following in Ellis Parlor.
- Memorial Service Monday, August 12, 2019
- Reception Monday, August 12, 2019