Daniel Barrett Dayton passed away unexpectedly on Dec, 31, 2017, in Lake County, Colo., incident to complications related to pulmonary failure. Born April 19, 1976, Dan was raised in Evanston, Wyoming, and remained a lifelong native at heart. A 1994 graduate of Evanston High, Dan attended Casper College, going on to graduate from the Radiologic Technology program at Salt Lake Community College. Dan completed training in The Nuclear Medicine program at Weber State University. At the time of his passing, he was employed at St. Mark’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, a position he held since 1999. The integrity of his professional effort and quality of care consistently received accolades,and he created high expectations in his department.
Dan had a magnetic personality, with a unique ability to bridge people together. Always the kind, gentle center of entertainment and warmth, Dan had a huge heart and presence in any atmosphere. He had the unique ability to keep others at ease, and was an engaging storyteller. Dan was always willing to lend a hand in any situation and had enviable generosity for others. Dan had an impressive knowledge base in many areas for which he was passionate, especially music, food, automotive mechanics and dancing.
Dan was religious about the outdoors. Spring, summer or fall would find Dan with family and friends camping, motorcycle touring, river floating and cooking cast iron “go big or go home” gourmet meals in the mountains of Wyoming's Smith Fork Valley. Dan was a winter sports enthusiast and frequented Pine Creek Ski Area, among others, to ride his snowboard. He was an avid hunter and a true advocate for sportsmanship.
Daniel was preceded in death by his father, Rex Dayton (2014). He is survived by loving companion Gail Lockman of Midvale, Utah; faithful canine Halen, Mother Kathleen Dayton of Cottonwood Heights, Utah; Brothers Michael (Kate) Dayton of Cherry Hills, Colo.; and Gregory (Kim) Dayton of Cokeville.
In lieu of gifts, contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. A small private memorial will be held. A Celebration of life will be scheduled in Summer 2018, to be announced at a later date.