Lehi “Lee”Albert Daniel blew into the world April 10, 1951. On this windy day in Elko, Nevada, he rolled in like a tumbleweed and took his place as the second eldest in a line of 8 children to parents Ernest and Gladys Daniel. He spent his childhood amongst the juniper and jackrabbits of Southwestern New Mexico. His youth was spent buckarooing in Nevada where he worked at various ranches. In the late '70s he headed north to work on the Alaskan pipeline before making his home in Idaho where he became a father to two daughters and two sons.
His life was shaped by adventure and a kinship with the outdoors. After attending a log home building school in British Columbia, logging became his lifelong passion. He became a professional timber faller for the Escalunga Logging Company, and then joined Columbia Helicopter Logging where he passed down his knowledge to a younger generation.
In 1995 he created his own logging and milling business where he specialized in danger tree removal and thrived amongst the most challenging jobs. Having lived a life most folks only read about, Lee enjoyed sharing the stories of his life with those closest to him as well as those he met along the way. He spent his life working hard at doing what he loved, bringing home the warm smell of sawdust and sunshine more days than not. But when he kicked his boots up, it was to barbeque on the river.
He was an inspiration to his children and a force of positivity and kindness to all that met him. He persevered when the chips were down, and never failed to fill a room with his big laugh, quick wit and wisdom. He was intellectual and generous, focused and ambitious, and one of the world's last real cowboys. He was an elder and a man who could remember the true freedom the west represents.
Lee Daniel joined his ancestors at 1:06pm on January 17, 2021, surrounded by those that loved him.
He was preceded in death by his mother Gladys and brothers Mosiah and Nephi. He is survived by his four children Preston Daniel, Danula Daniel & son-in-law Keith Bibbey son-in-law, Alicia Daniel, and Ira Daniel, as well as five sisters and countless nieces, nephews and extended family.
Celebration of life will be held at a later date.
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