Daniel Kent Hunter

September 21, 1948January 22, 2013
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Daniel Kent Hunter Born September 21, 1948 in Wenatchee, Washington, Dan slipped away from his loving family and dearest friends on January 22, 2013. For his first five years, Dan lived in Wenatchee with his parents, Marvin and Olene (Summers) Hunter, two doting older brothers, Jerry and Vern, and his sweet grandmother, Lizzie Hunter. In 1954, the family moved to Spokane where Dan attended school in the West Valley School District, graduating in 1966 from West Valley High School. He went on to graduate from Eastern Washington University (then Eastern Washington State College) with a BS in Managerial Finance and as a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Army ROTC program. He was commissioned in December of 1970 as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Finance Corps and served for more than five years in West Berlin, Germany, and Chicago, Illinois, leaving active duty in August of 1976. Upon moving back to Spokane, Dan joined the Army Reserves, retiring in 1993 as a Lieutenant Colonel. He and his father established Empire Spray Service in 1976, and were eventually joined in the business by his brother Vern. Dan continued to run the company after the death of Marvin and Vern. With the assistance of his extremely competent and loyal staff, Dan was able to spend less time at work and more time with friends and family during his last years. Dan and his wife Bonnie (Beedle) met as seventh graders at Dishman Elementary School and were friends from that day forward, marrying on September 8, 1968 - enjoying more than 44 years together. Their greatest joy came with the birth of their daughter Jennifer Anne in 1971 while they were stationed in West Berlin. They settled in Spokane in 1976, where Dan continued to serve in the Army Reserves while also working diligently to build and grow the family business. Dan spent his off time working equally hard to provide whatever was necessary for his daughter’s love for horses and the outdoors. Countless hours of fence-building or mending, hay-hauling, mucking out mountains of manure with his beloved John Deere tractor - and the list goes on and on. Dan always included Jenni in all the work on the ranch, no matter how difficult or dangerous, teaching her every step of the way and always finding a way to turn even the most dreaded chore into a challenging game. Dan’s greatest passion had to be fly fishing at Harvey Creek - a family tradition, passion and inborn talent that Dan took to heart and made sure to pass on to Jenni, son-in-law Greg, and two grandsons, Jared and Harlan. The priceless moments shared with his family while camping and fly fishing would bring tears to his eyes whenever he talked or thought about them. The happiest moments of Dan’s life were those spent with his wife, grandsons, daughter, and son in law, embracing every moment and always teaching them a skill or valuable life lesson and never missing the chance to ask “So, did ya learn anything?” when one of them made a mistake. Dan came across as a tough, gruff, no-nonsense man, but those who truly knew him, knew he was actually a soft-hearted, take-the-shirt-off-his-back-for-you kind of guy. He said what he meant and did what he said, and he expected the same from others. His straight-forward, honest and confident demeanor along with his extreme work ethic and intelligence enabled him to keep the family business profitable even in the toughest of economic times for 36 years and counting. Dan and Bonnie enjoyed yearly reunions with the “West Valley Gang” and their spouses, playing golf and reliving their silliest adventures and misadventures from high school, college, and military days. Some of their most memorable moments were the cruises and trips that Dan and Bonnie shared with these lifelong friends. Dan’s death is leaving a huge hole in the lives of his wife, daughter, son-in-law and grandsons, his beloved older brother Jerry and his dearest friends. Dan Hunter was “One of a Kind”, one of the “Good Ole Boys”, the kind of person that made a lasting impression on anyone he met. He is leaving a huge void in the hearts of those he loved and who truly loved him back. Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Olene, and by his brother Vern. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; daughter Jennifer; son-in-law Greg; grandsons Jared and Harlan; brother Jerry; numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews; and countless friends and associates, both from his days as a business owner and from his days of military service. A military burial service will be conducted at 3:00 PM on Monday, February 4, 2013, at the WA State Veteran’s Cemetery in Medical Lake, Washington. A true celebration of his life and memorial tribute will take place later in the spring. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the charity of your choice or to Hospice of Spokane.


  • Graveside Service Monday, February 4, 2013

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Dan Marvicsin

June 3, 2013

I hand lettered Dan's first spray truck back in 1976 or so. He will always remain in memory for me as I was new in business myself and he was kind enough to give me a chance to show my craft. I knew him through his sister-in-law, Barbara. Thanks Dan Hunter, it's a pleasure to know you.

Lorry Fitzpatrick

January 30, 2013

What beautiful tribute to Dan's life. Dan was life long friend, and I count him as one of my dearest friends. Dan was truly one of a kind and I had great respect for him. He was straight up and deeply caring... I will miss our long "philisophical" discussions about life. There are so many happy memories of great times with our families. From all through school, in the Army in W. Germany, raising kids and so many more... It is hard to believe he is gone but he will always be in our hearts. My deep felt condolences to you Bonnie, Jenni, Greg, Jared and Harlan for your great loss. Love you, Lorry

Gary & Sarah Pickel

January 30, 2013

We were deeply saddened and shocked by Dan's passing. I met Dan while we were serving together as Deputy Finance and Accounting Officers in West Berlin, Germany. Sarah and I have many great memories of our time together with Dan and Bonnie in Berlin. We continued our friendship for the past 40 years. While we had not seen Dan for a few years as we live in Colorado, we have always considered Dan (and Bonnie) good friends. Dan had a great sense of humor and was always fun to be around. We will certainly miss him. Our thoughts are with Bonnie, Jenni, and the rest of the family.

Alma Sisk

January 30, 2013

Bonnie, Jenni, Greg, Jared and Harley there is nothing more I can say that has not already been said about Dan. From the moment I met him I loved him. He was as close to a dad as I had while in school with Jenni, and thereafter. Always good for a laugh and a hug! I will miss him and regret that I was not able to see him before he passed. However Jenni, as you have been my friend for over the last 20 years, how can I not think of dad while with you? And I mean that as a compliment :) You are lucky to have been his daughter and Bonnie, you his wife. Jared and Harley, I've no doubt you had a whole lot of fun with your grandfather and are so fortunate to have those memories to cherish. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you, always. May you all find comfort in the wonderful memories that Dan left behind.

Colleen Gardner

January 30, 2013

I did not know Dan personally but knew of him thru my sister and her husband(the Cagles) I know he will be missed by his beloved family and all the "West Valley Gang" my sympathy to his family/friends

Marilyn Burkhart (Hoover)

January 30, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of Dan's passing. I will always remember him as such a good and caring friend in our home room class at WV in1966! May peace and love surround you at this difficult time.

Jackie Williams-Knight

January 29, 2013

Dan you will be missed so much. As a teenager growing up I could always count on you helping to keep me on the straight and narrow. Rest in peace dear friend...

Hank and Karen Mahnken

January 29, 2013

Beautiful chronology of a life well lived. It was clear in the pictures that his life centered around his family and golf and having fun. Doesn't get any better than that. We will be thinking of you Bonnie and Jenni on February 4.

Shelley Palmer/Tanner

January 29, 2013

It has been many, many years since I have been around my best friend and her family. Her loosing her dad is something I cannot even imagine. When Jenni and I were younger Dan was always there for me in any trouble I was in or just having those "teenage" moments with my own parents Dan would always have something to say, weather I wanted to hear it or not. Time goes so fast and when Jenni told me her dad was sick I look back and regret not spending more time.I am so very thankful that I did get the time I did to be a part of their lives and that time spent. My heart is breaking for Jenni and her whole family and they are and always will continue to be in my prayers.

Jenni Polegay-Smith

January 29, 2013

Dan will be dearly missed I will always "Cherish" the memories I have of Dan from all of the 4-H get togethers. His contagious laugh and smile. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you