Daniel J. Flanagan
October 11, 1949 – May 13, 2023

Dan was born October 11, 1949 in Washington D.C. to Daniel J. Flanagan Jr. and Agnes Mae Briggs Flanagan. Dan’s early years were spent between Washington D.C and the family town of Erie, Penn. In August 1953, Dan moved with his family to San Mateo, Calif.

Dan graduated from Serra High School, Class of 1968. After graduation, Dan enlisted in the Air Force, serving four years. While in the service, he married his high school sweetheart, Margie Gantvoort.

Upon discharge from the Air Force, Dan gained employment with PG&E. He was employed with PG&E from March 5, 1963 until retirement November 1, 2014.

Dan was a member of the Redwood Gun Club, Simpson Gun Club (Long Prairie Gun and Archery Club) as well as a Board Member of the Humboldt Trap and Skeet Club.

Dan was an avid outdoorsman and loving father. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and cutting firewood. He shared his love of the outdoors with his boys; together they made lifelong memories that will be forever cherished. Dan was a family man first and foremost. He lead by example in life; always putting family needs before his own wants and desires. He always made sure the family never did without. He built a strong work ethic in his sons and many of their friends throughout the years, something he was extremely proud of. The door was open to all who came as well as the kitchen: “One rule, don’t eat off my plate!”

Dan is survived his wife of 53 years, Margie; by his three sons, Brian (Amy), Michael (Kelli) and James. He is survived by 10 grandchildren: Lane, Tanner, Brenna, Noel, Jaron, Ace, Brilyn, Rilyn, Mathew and Henry. He is survived by two great-grandchildren: Jasper and Bella. Dan is also survived by his two sisters, Anne Pinkston and Kathleen Benker, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the following people for walking by Dan’s side through his difficult battle with cancer: Dan’s friends, Dr. Iberri and assistant Kate at Stanford Medical Center, and the entire staff at Providence Health Chemo Infusion Suite. We would like to extend a special thank you to his nurses – Barbara, Ivy, Jade, Jovone – the ones who “drew the short straw.”

Dan was interred at Ocean View Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.


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