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Dane Lyman McNabb, 72

| November 12, 2021 7:00 AM

Dane Lyman McNabb passed away Oct. 22 at Logan Health Medical Center in Kalispell. He was 72.

Dane was born in August 1949 in a logging camp near Orofino, Idaho, to Roy Matthews and Velma Chriswell. Shortly after graduating high school in Twin Falls, Idaho, Dane joined the U.S. Army as a paratrooper. He served three tours in Vietnam as a recondo with the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. He achieved the rank of sergeant (E-5) and was very proud of his service.

Following his time in Vietnam, Dane continued his service with the Army in Alaska. There he was also a scoutmaster, civilian skydiver, graphic artist, illustrator and an avid fisherman. He also worked for the Nome Nugget newspaper.

Dane graduated from Lewis-Clark State College with a bachelor’s degree in business management and business administration. After earning his degree, he worked as a business consultant, which — as everything Dane did — he excelled at.

It is difficult to accurately sum up Dane’s life in a few paragraphs. A book would be more appropriate. He was too complex, faceted and storied for such brevity. He loved God and lived his life in a way that he felt was pleasing to God. He was intelligent, thoughtful and approached everything in his life with care and diligent effort.

Dane was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Herb; and his eldest son, Sean. He is survived by his wife, Deseri; his sister, Dixie; and his children, Heather, Stuart, Megan, Kelsey, Taylor, Shaina, Andra, Malena, Valaria, Mahala and Marsada. He also leaves behind 16 grandchildren, with three more expected.

A memorial service will be held next spring. The exact time and place will be announced at a later date.