Dan “L” Greenland (1935 ~ 2015)
Dan “L” Greenland, 80, passed away June 30, 2015.
Born June 3, 1935 in Highland, Utah, to William John and Cressie Althera Loveridge Greenland. He grew up in Highland and attended schools in American Fork. Graduated from
American Fork High School in 1953. Married his high school sweetheart, Eleanor Bunker, October 21, 1953 in the Salt Lake Temple which was officiated by Pres. J. Reuben Clark Jr.
Married 61½ years. Worked for Deseret Chemical and Chevron Oil. Loved the youth, umpired baseball, and refereed basketball for many years. Active in the LDS Church serving in many positions. Received the Duty to God award and the Scouter Key for his work with the Cub Scouts. Served as the priesthood leader at girls camp for 17 years and enjoyed every minute. He loved people and served as bishop three times and two years as a stake missionary. Served an 18 month mission with his wife to the New York Utica Mission where he was called as a counselor in the mission presidency.
Survived by wife, Eleanor; children: Dan “L” Jr. (Marilee), Jeanette (Mike) Brimhall, Dale, JoAnn (Douglas) Braithwaite, Laura (John) Aitken, Debra (David) Ginnett, Marguerite (Michael) Thacker, Tina (Andrew) Rother; 36 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren;
brother, Vernon (Golda) Greenland, and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents; 2 brothers; 2 sisters; son; and a daughter-in-law.
Funeral services will be held Monday, July 6, 2015, 11:00 a.m. at the Kearns Stake Center, 4260 West 5215 South.
That is what the obituary read. This is how I will remember him.
Grandpa was a kind loving man that was well liked and respected by many people. He touched the lives of many whether through baseball, basketball, church or his daily interactions with young and old alike.
I enjoyed the time I was able to spend with my grandfather and the lessons that I was able to learn just by observing him. As a young man I really enjoyed the times that I was able to spend with him whether it was to drive 100 miles or so to watch him umpire a baseball game or just go to an ice cream parlor for fun.
He taught me an appreciation for baseball as well as other sports. It is an appreciation that I have to this day and that I hope my children (how could they not) will be able to gain and keep.
Something that I noticed early on was how hard a worker grandpa was. Grandpa did not shy away from work and made sure he always provided for his family. Despite all of the work, he always seemed to have time for the grand-kids or even to help with church or community. He loved to tease and enjoy the people he was with. He brightened the room.
Grandpa conducted his life with dignity and with my admiration. I hope I could some day be as kind, fair, gentle and hard working as we was throughout his life. I was honored and humbled to be able to have the chance to sit by his side and have a few conversations as he was preparing to pass from this earth to the next.
Grandpa has earned his place in heaven and this chance to rest.
I love you Grandpa! I will miss you and hope to see you again.