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Information for Thomas Wilbur Dakan
About 1901 22 November, 1986
Obituary from the Idaho Free Press
November, 1986
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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T. Wilbur Dakan

       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 great-grandchildren.
       Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital, Fairfax Ave. at Virginia, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103.

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