Former Alaska resident Daniel Lee Ware, 44, died of a heart attack Sept. 26, 1998, at Allenmore Hospital in Tacoma, Wash. A funeral was held Oct. 2 at Chamber Creek Chapel on the grounds of the New Tacoma Cemetery. Mr. Ware was born Feb. 22, 1954, in Sturgis, S.D. He graduated from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., and served in the U.S. Army for three years. Mr. Ware and his family returned to Tacoma two years ago after living in Anchorage for 12 years. He had worked for Grinnell Fire Protection in Tacoma and Anchorage from 1982 to 1997 and for Patriot Fire Protection from 1997 to 1998 in Tacoma. His family said: ”Dan had a great appreciation for all God’s creatures and a true passion for the wilderness. He saw the best in everyone and was always ready to lend a helping hand. A thoughtful and loyal friend, a respected and dedicated worker, Dan lived life with a smile.” He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Mary Ann Hatt. Mr. Ware is survived by his soulmate and wife, Karen, and their children, Stephanie and Jeremy; parents, Clifford and Margaret Ware; stepfather, Jerald Hat; brothers, Dave, Doug and Duane Ware; sisters, Deb, D’Ann, Chris and Gretchen; in-laws, Don and Annette Helton, Mike Helton and Susan Brevik; and many extended family and friends. A memorial trust for the children’s education has been established by Dan’s employer, c/o Patriot Fire Protection of Tacoma, 2004 48th Ave. Court East, Fife, Wash. 98424. Arrangements were by Tacoma Cemeteries and Funeral Home.
Source: Anchorage Daily News (AK) – Saturday, October 17, 1998