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Daniel Kirby Brosnan

August 17, 1943 ~ March 1, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old

Daniel Brosnan Obituary

Daniel Kirby Brosnan, 79, of Heppner, died Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at Salem, Oregon.  He was born August 17, 1943 at Pendleton, Oregon the son of Jerry and Marian (Good) Brosnan, and the youngest of their four children. He was raised on the family ranch on Little Butter Creek and attended school in Heppner, graduating in 1961. He immediately entered the US Air Force and worked as a cartographer for four years.

In 1966 Dan wed his high-school sweetheart, Doris, and then began work as an Oregon State Policeman in the game division in 1968.  He retired as captain of that division in 1993, after a career that included fives moves – Newport twice, Gilchrist, Ontario, and Salem.

Never was there a question about their retirement plan as Dan and Doris returned to Heppner. He enjoyed his hobby farm on Hinton Creek for 21 years before moving into town. During those years, his roles included farmer, Morrow County Commissioner, and Circuit Court Bailiff.

Dan enjoyed their many RV trips with friends. He enjoyed Heppner events. He delighted in being “Boppop” grandfather. He also enjoyed the many three o’clock conversations over coffee or beer with his friends.

Dan’s battle with dementia ended his wonderful life as an avid learner and reader and terrific husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend.

He was preceded in death by parents and siblings – John, Eddie, Joann. He is survived by wife Doris; son, Damon (Carie); daughter, Darci (Angie); grandchildren, Carson, Katie, Conor, and Amy.

 A celebration of Dan’s life will begin in Heppner at the Gilliam and Bisbee Event Center on Sunday, March 12 at 12:30. A graveside with State Police Honors and Interment will follow at 2:30 at the Heppner Masonic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions for those who wish may be made to the Oregon Trail Library, Heppner Branch, PO Box 325, Heppner, OR. 97836.

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