Sunday, January 4, 2009

Dana M. Nordin, 56

Dana Mark Nordin, 56, of Mount Idaho, passed away unexpectedly on December 29, 2008, at his home in Mt Idaho.
He was born in Alexandria, Minnesota to Orrin & Mary Nordin on September 7, 1952. Shortly afterwards, they moved to Garden Grove, California.

Dana attended Crosby Elementary, Walton Jr. High, and Garden Grove High School. It was during those early years that Dana acquired friendships that would last a lifetime. Among them was the infamous Gamma Street gang, with Dana and Brian Biller being the ring leaders. It was the summer of 1960 that their bond was sealed forever as “Blood Brothers”.

Dana never met a person he didn't like. He was a friend to all, clinging to those very special friendships of his youth with frequent phone calls, “just checking up on you”, he'd say. He had a heart of gold and wanted for nothing but your friendship. He was a simple man yet had the depth of a philosopher. Dana was a real “thinker”. He loved to pen his thoughts and poems and share them with others. His most famous saying was “Kick back and coast awhile”. He was always sharing his ideas of inventions or inspirations. He never had a harsh word or criticism for anyone. He had a quiet easy going personality. He grew up in the 60's and stayed there, although his life was quite diverse.

He was the only one of the Gamma Street gang to be drafted into the Army. He was stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas. After serving his country he followed in his father's footsteps as a carpenter. He spent many years in the construction business in California, honing his skills in concrete breaking and sawing. He was very proud of his work. Dana also took after his mom as a collector of collections. He was as he called himself “the King of D-Mart”. His most prized collections were his Hot Wheels.

His early years camping and jeeping with his family would lead to an intense love for off road racing. Again, following in his father's footsteps, he raced in the Mexican 1000 and the Baja 500. The highlight of his racing career was when he raced his quad in Australia. His dream was to ride his quad from one end of the United States to the other. He gave up that dream to move to Idaho in 1998 to help his father in his construction business when his father's health was failing.

Aside from construction Dana also had another very special gift in caring for those less fortunate. He was often called “The Rescuer”. He not only rescued people in need, along the way he rescued any and every animal that came to his doorstep. He spent many years in wildlife rehabilitation caring for every kind of animal you can imagine. He especially loved birds and cats. However, his calling was for disabled animals and people alike. Dana was a huge blessing to his family these past 10 years in caring for Steve, his brother-in-law, in his home. He was heartbroken when just 3 weeks ago, Steve passed away suddenly.

He is survived by his 4 siblings, Jill Kline of Anaheim, California, Lynn (Jim) Welborn of Grangeville, Idaho, Beth (Bo) Wendel of Farmington, Utah, and Reid (Jill) Nordin of Lake Elsinore, California; 11 nieces and nephews, and 4 grandnieces and nephews. Dana's passing leaves another huge whole in our family and he will be missed tremendously. We love you big brother.

Dana was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents; his brother-in-laws, Steve Clark and Jan Kline.

A memorial service was held in Grangeville at the Christian Church on January 5, 2009.
According to his wishes, his ashes will be spread near his father's memorial in the Anza-Borrego Desert near Salton Sea, where the family spent many years jeeping.

“I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize.” Phillippians 3:14.

Arrangements were under the direction of Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.blackmerfuneralhome.com.