T. Wilbur Dakan, 85, of Mesa, Arizona and formerly of
Caldwell, Idaho, died Monday, March 3, 1997, in Clovis, New
Mexico of natural causes. Funeral services will be conducted
at 2 p.m., Friday, March 7, 1997 at Dakan Funeral Chapel,
Caldwell. Rev. Michael Turner of Boone Memorial Presbyterian
Church of Caldwell will officiate. Masonic rites will be
provided by Mt. Moriah Lodge No. 39 A.F.&A.M. Cryptside
services will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in the
Building of Reverence.
T. Wilbur was born December 19, 1911 in Smith Center,
Kansas, to John and Ethel Maude Dakan. He moved with his
family from Manhattan, Kansas in 1919 to the Nampa, Idaho area
where he grew up on the family farm. He was a member of the
Nampa High School Class of 1933. T. Wilbur was the first
person in the State of Idaho to attend a Mortuary Science
School in St. Louis, Missouri. After his graduation he
returned to Nampa where he worked for a time and later moving
to Caldwell, Idaho where he worked for the Peckham Funeral
Chapel. In 1937 he designed the present facility of the Dakan
Funeral Chapel. He worked as a Jr. partner with Mr. C.V.
Peckham until his death in 1955 at which time he became the
sole owner. He continued as President of Dakan Chapel until
his retirement. Upon his retirement he and Vera lived in
Mesa, Arizona where he enjoyed playing golf and oil painting.
T. Wilbur took an active part in the building of many
of Caldwell's prominent structures, including the Caldwell
Hospital, Simplot Stadium, O'Connor Field House, Boone
Memorial Presbyterian Church, Dakan Funeral chapel, and a home
on Ash St. in Caldwell.
He was President of Caldwell Jaycees, also serving as
President of State Jaycees in 1940. He received the
Distinguished Service Award in 1940 and served on the Caldwell
City Council. He served as Exalted Ruler of Caldwell Lodge
No. 1448 B.P.O.E., of which he was a 60 year member. He also
served as District Deputy of Idaho South of Elks and the State
President of Idaho Elks. He was President of the Kiwanis Club
of Caldwell, the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce, the Caldwell
Night Rodeo Board, the Idaho Funeral Service Association, and
the President of Caldwell Memorial Hospital for 7 years, and
serving on the Board for 25 years. He was a member of Canyon
County Sheriff's Posse, for 10 years, and a member of Boone
Memorial Presbyterian Church. T. Wilbur was a 50 year member
of Mt. Moriah Lodge No. 39 A.F.&A.M. He was a member of the
Scottish Rite Bodies of Boise and he was a Past Potentate of
El Korah Temple of Boise, Idaho. More recently he was
President of Apache Wells Country Club, Mesa, Arizona and
President of Apache Wells Homeowners Association, and a member
of Apache Wells Community Church.
T. Wilbur is survived by his wife, Vera, of Mesa,
Arizona; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Betty Dakan of
Caldwell, and Rod and Marilyn Dakan of Long Beach, WA; a
daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Mike Nishitani of Clovis,
New Mexico; 3 sisters, Mrs. Jane Steck and her husband Wes of
Nampa, Idaho, Mrs. Norlene Hendry of Nampa, Idaho, and Mrs.
Mildred Johnson of Lincoln City, Oregon; 9 grandchildren and 2
Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital, Fairfax
Ave. at Virginia, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103.