December 12, 1943 – April 11, 2019
DANNY DAY Daniel Melville Day was born 12 December 1943 in Salt Lake City, UT. He lived a full life for 75 years before suffering irreparable damage from a massive stroke. He passed peacefully a few days later on 11 April 2019 surrounded by his five siblings and other family members. Left behind are his siblings: Karin Rhead (Jim), Alisyn Boone (Joseph), Tom (Linda), Deon Farnes (Steve), and Shelley. Preceded in death by parents, W. Daniel Day and Margaret L. Jansson Day.
Danny was affectionately known as Uncle Danny by family members. He adored children and they adored him. He loved unconditionally, and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Through the years he consistently wished a happy birthday to friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and family; sent get well cards to those who were ill or recovering from an injury; visited loved ones in the hospital; and called others randomly to let them know they were in his thoughts. He was so thoughtful of others and could still be a great tease. Everyone loved Danny!
Danny attended school for special needs students through junior high. He first learned the benefits of work by mowing lawns and bagging groceries. He purchased his own TV and car and obtained his driver license. Although he only drove for a short period of time, over the years he became independent enough to live on his own. He loved his privacy and guarded his independence like a hawk. As an adult, he lived at the American Fork Training School for several years, graduated to group home living, and finally independent living. His group home parents became lifelong friends. And with the support of family and TURN Community Services, life for Danny was full. He enjoyed going to Orem’s senior center for lunch, bingo, and movie with friends; attending his Healthy Choices class; eating lunch and going grocery shopping with his trainer; and spending evenings with friends eating dinner, bowling, and attending broadway plays and ballets. He participated in TURN’s river running trips, road trips to Wendover, and Tuacahn performances, to name a few. Danny was grateful for his experiences and always looked forward to future events and vacations with family and friends. He enjoyed visits with family all around the country. He also enjoyed reading the morning paper, watching the old classics on TV like Dennis the Menace, Bonanza, and The Andy Griffith Show. His collection of hundreds of stuffed animals and trinkets brought him joy. And Coke Zero was his drink of choice. How he loved Coke Zero!
Danny’s contributions to the community included volunteering at the Action Food Bank in Provo, Community Action in Provo, and the Bishop’s Storehouse in Lindon. He fundraised for the March of Dimes, the Cancer Fund, and the American Heart Association. He supported the Boy Scouts of America food drives. He was employed at Fresh Market, Excelsior Hotel where he was named Employee of the Month and Employee of the Year, Magleby’s Restaurant in Provo, Timpview High School in Orem, and University of Utah in Salt Lake City. What an inspiration he was to all! Although Danny will be sorely missed, all who knew him have been blessed beyond measure.
Please join the family for Danny’s funeral service at 11:00 a.m. and a viewing and visitation at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, 20 April 2019 at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, UT. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a donation to TURN Community Services.
- Karin (Jim) Rhead, Sister
- Alisyn (Joseph) Boone, Sister
- Tom (Linda) Day, Brother
- Deon (Steve) Farnes, Sister
- Shelley Day, Sister
- Danny is also survived by many family members and friends who will cherish his memory.
- Viewing Saturday, April 20, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, April 20, 2019
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April 22, 2019
I am a friend of Danny's
I will remember how much he loved coming to rah
And how much of a friend of he was to everyone at rah
He smiled at me a lot asked how I was doing and even was a big help
To me and others when we need it. He was a great dancer and a great friend
And nice to everyone he meet. He never put anyone down. Rah will not be the same
Without him. I hope to see him again smart and young with no disabilities In heaven you will truly be missed my friend.
Angela Taylor rah participant and friend of Danny's
April 20, 2019
I would like to thank the family for giving me the opportunity to get to know and assist Danny. It was a pleasure getting to know him and the person he was. He may have had difficulties and challenges in this life but he did not let them get in his way and lived life to the fullest. He was willing to do and try everything. He also would have been willing to give the shirt off of his back to anyone in need. Not afraid to talk with anyone. If Danny knew you were his best friend. Did not judge others. I ran into him a couple of months ago and he had not seen me in awhile and remembered who I was and started talking to me about all his friends and how they are doing. I so enjoyed getting to know and assist Danny and he will always hold a place in my heart.
April 19, 2019
We are so sorry for you loss. We will truly miss Danny here at Country Springs Apartments. We had a lot of great memories with him and was one of favorite residents. He will be missed.
April 19, 2019
I worked with Danny at Tri Connections many years ago when he lived in Provo. I loved the stuffed animal collection. He always had a smile and a hug and was excited about the next thing coming in his life. After I left Tri Connections 20 years ago, he and his friend JD Whitney would surprise me for years and years by stopping by to visit me at my home in Springville. I just hope that the two of them aren't running any red lights while driving and laughing together on the other side. Danny was always so proud of his apartments and loved to introduce me to everyone that he knew in his neighborhood and at work. He would get so excited when I would shop at Albertson's where he was working for a while. It would take an extra 1/2 hour to shop because he would stop any customers and other workers at the store to introduce them to me. I am going to have so much fun catching up on the news after I die. Danny will probably introduce me to everyone he knows there too! I have some pretty special friends there. It will be fun to meet him as he really is, without his disability. I love that man!!
April 13, 2019
We are so very sorry for your loss! He was so much fun to be around! He and my dear sweet Aunt Julie are probably catching a flick together as I type. Much love to you all.
The Bertoch Family