7/6/1955 – 1/5/2009
Dan Perrins to most, Grateful Dan to others, Barney to a lucky few, and the name he liked best, Grampa Dan. Born in Germany he spread his love, kindness, power, and magic from the Bay Area to Spokane, Olympia to Deer Park, and especially here in the Snoqualmie Valley. He was the man at the Preston General Store that would gladly take your spare tire as a deposit for ÿ ve dollars worth of gas when you didn’t have ÿ ve dollars, he would come over and spend all day with you when your dog died, if your car was stuck in the mud he would be there to help push it out. If there was any indication that you might know who the Grateful Dead were, tapes and CD’s were immediately shared, as well as tales of shows, good times and dancing. For years he was the Easter bunny for the Preston Easter egg hunt, amusing kids large and small. He was an avid Seahawk fan and loved his cigars, no matter what the rules at Qwest ÿ eld said! That is Dan, you never really knew what exactly you were going to get when you saw him, but you knew it was going to be memorable, especially if you were a Raider’s fan!Left behind are so many, his beautiful wife Deborah, and his sister Pamela. Deborah’s children, Trisha and Jeb, as well as his wonderful grandchildren Sean, Amber, Deborah and Nollie. Also his chosen family, the Moon Valley Pranksters, a lucky lot they are. Left behind too are a legion of friends and acquaintances. He knew almost every body, from all walks of life. Going anywhere with Dan meant you would bump into at least 3 people who wanted to stop him just to shake his hand and share a laugh. Those he didn’t know yet he would have surely met at the casino working his charm on all the people that visited there. Many things to many people, a husband, a son, a dancer, an inspiration, a friend, and a brother. He will be missed, but certainly not forgotten.Fare thee well, fare thee well, we loved you more than words can tell……………listen to the river sing sweet songs to rock your soul.A memorial fund for Dan’s family has been created at Wells Fargo, please drop by any branch with your donations, or mail to the Dan Perrins Memorial Fund @ PO Box 153 North Bend WA 98045.