Mr. Daniel Clausen, 83, of Altha, FL, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at his home.
Mr. Clausen was born June 9, 1929, to Axel and Josephine Clausen in River grove, Illinois. In 1945, at the age of 16, Dan joined the Merchant Marines as a Ship Officer and Captain of Vessels. He spent the next 54 years on the water. In 1969, Dan moved to Alaska where he entered into the fishing industry, tendering and commercial fishing out of Cook Inlet. In 1987, Dan became an immersed believer in Christ. He was active in Kenai Christian Church as an Elder. He also volunteered at the Heritage Place performing church services for the elderly for many years. In 2005, Dan moved to Florida with his wife Marie to be in warmer weather, he then joined the First Baptist Church of Altha. Dan loved his church family and would not miss a service if he did not have to. He also loved poetry, and could recite extremely long poems off a whim. He had so many stories to tell his family and friends and he could tell them exceptionally well, he made them so vivid, that you could just imagine yourself alongside him in every one. Most of all, he truly loved his family.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sherry Trotter.
Survivors include his wife, Marie Clausen, of Altha; daughters, Lissa Wright of Bushnell, FL Shannon Reinhardt and her husband, Robert, of Kenai, AK, Julie Metzger and her husband, Wade, of Eagle River, AK, Brenda Fowler and her husband, Wendell, of Kenai, AK; granddaughters, Alisha Wright of Georgia, Sheena Hartsfield and her husband, Jonathon, of Lynn Haven, FL, Amber Tirado and her fiancé, Chad, of Kenai, AK, Melissa Trotter of Helena, Montana, and Chloe Metzger of Eagle River; grandsons, Jimmy Wright of Bushnell, FL, Orlando Cuaresma of California, Jr. Reinhardt of Kenai, AK, Thomas Conley of Las Vegas, NV, Tanner Landry of Kenai, AK, Taylor Landry of Kenai, AK, Tristan Landry of Kenai, AK, and Cade Metzger of Eagle River, AK; and seven great-grandchildren who will all miss their “Papa” dearly.
Memorial services will be held Monday, March 18, at 11:00 am CDT at Altha First Baptist Church with Reverend Jim McIntosh officiating. Memorialization will be by cremation.
All arrangements are under the direction of Marlon Peavy at Peavy Funeral Home in Blountstown (ph. 674-2266).