Danny Lee “Dan” Aldinger, age 76, of Brookings, passed away peacefully on April 1, 2013, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City.
He was born March 5, 1937, in Mason City, Iowa, to Harold and Alice Aldinger.
Dan graduated from Clinton High School in 1955. After high school Dan received a full academic scholarship to complete his Bachelor of Science at Bradley University in Peoria, Il. In 1976, with an additional academic scholarship, Dan graduated from Bradley University with Beta Tau Epsilon Certificate of Merit and completion of a Master of Science in mechanical engineering.
Dan had a life full of achievements and was loved dearly by those who knew him. Besides being a father of six children and a loving husband of 40 years, Dan was a talented musician, an articulate engineer, a schoolteacher, a fisherman, and a lover of all animals, especially his canine companions Sadie and Buddy.
In Dan’s young adulthood, he played saxophone in a jazz band, and he traveled the world, sharing his musical talents and passion for jazz music. It was during one of these “concerts” that Dan met his future wife Bobbie Louise Werner. They married Dec. 23, 1973, in Albuquerque, N.M. among family and close friends.
Later in his adulthood, Dan worked as a mechanical engineer for various companies, which took his family to places such as Durango, Mexico, and Victoria, Texas. They finally settled in Irvine, Calif., where for 17 years Dan became part owner and vice-president of a successful engineering company. While working with this company Dan invented various machine designs that he later patented as his own. Dan spent these years building a company that he loved, while finding weekend enjoyment on his boat, deep sea fishing out of Newport Harbor and Catalina Island, in California.
His zest for life was poignantly expressed in his final hours when Dan declared, “I had more fun in my life than 10 men put together.” These words epitomized Dan’s outlook on life. He valued happiness and the enjoyment of life, above all else. Although a man of few words, his statements were always profound. Dan had an intelligent mind and a unique way of seeing the world. His daughters carry on his principle of finding happiness and hold Dan’s teachings of life’s lessons dear to their hearts.
In year 2000, at age 63, Dan retired in Brookings, fulfilling his dream of spending his final years looking at the Pacific Ocean from his home. He spent his days in his garage workshop building intricate, beautiful model airplanes. He was an associate member of the Brookings Academy of Model Airplanes.
Dan is survived by his wife Bobbie Aldinger; children Terry, Glenn, Tim, Leanne, Katie and Amy; stepchildren Vicki, Shelly and Bryan.
Per Dan’s specific request there was no funeral service. His ashes were spread by family members in the Pacific Ocean along the Brookings coast on Thursday, April 4, 2013, where he will rest in eternal peace.
Submitted by the family.