Dec. 5, 1935 - July 20, 2017
Daniel Andrew Hames, loving father, grandfather, husband, and friend passed away in Hughson, CA. Dan was born December 5, 1935 in Great Falls, Montana, the youngest child of Ethel Biggs Hames' and Peter L. Hames' five children. When Dan was a toddler, the family lived on a homestead near Power, Montana. The family moved to Helena, Montana after the earthquakes subsided, living in a home built by Dan's father. Dan attended Bryant Elementary School and Helena High School. As a boy, Dan participated in Cub and Boy Scouts, baseball, and took hikes with his dogs, Queenie and Ace. Always a hard worker, Dan mowed lawns during an entire summer to earn a used bicycle. He enjoyed fishing and going to the Gibson Dam Hideout with his father, Uncle Charlie, and brothers. Dan was strong and athletic, so he set-up tents when the circus came to town. During high school, Dan lettered in football, basketball, track, and baseball. He was sophomore class president and attendant to Helena High School Vigilante Queen, Renee Pauline Bushnell, who would become his wife in 1958. Encouraged by his brother Edward and a football scholarship, Dan attended Montana State University (MSU) where he pledged the Sigma Chi fraternity and graduated with a degree in Industrial Arts. Shortly after college graduation, Dan and Pauline married in the Helena First Presbyterian Church and moved to California to begin teaching at Hoopa High School. In addition to teaching, Dan coached several sports teams including football and basketball. In 1961, Dan accepted a teaching and coaching position at Hughson Union High School (HUHS). He went on to earn a Pupil Personnel Credential; serving as a counselor, as well as athletic director, at HUHS until 1997.
Dan and Pauline were married for 43 years and had two daughters, Denise (Tim) Taylor and Cynthia (Mike) Saia. Together, the family built a house and took many memorable cross-country trips in their camper. In later years, Dan and Pauline were blessed with five grandchildren, Ashley, Elaine, Melanie, Jillian and Clark. Many fun times (snow sledding, 4th of July parades, board games) were spent with the grandchildren at the cabin, which Dan designed and built in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In addition to being a committed grandpa, Dan enjoyed time with his CRS friends and regular rounds of golf with his buddies. In 2002, Pauline passed away after Dan faithfully served as her caregiver.
In 2004, Dan married Peggy (Bevans) Crane. Peggy's two children, David and Jennifer Crane joined the family. Several years later, Dan and Peggy moved to the Manteca Woodbridge community. At Woodbridge, Dan especially loved playing on the "blue" and "green" softball teams. Dan and Peggy enjoyed travel to Hawaii and Europe, as well as many trips to Montana, where they visited family and friends and explored "new" locations in the state. Peggy was Dan's lovingly caregiver.
Dan will be remembered for his integrity and care for others, and also for his smile, jokes and stories. He was always willing to listen and lend a hand when needed.
Dan is survived by his older siblings, Edward, Lewis, and Sarah, brothers-in-law Jim Stebbins and Bob Bushnell, sisters-in-law Pauline Dorothy Hames and Myrtie Lou Burt, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Uncle Charlie and oldest brother, "Little Pete."
The celebration of Dan's life was held at Hughson United Methodist Church on Saturday, July 22nd at 4:00 PM. Dan was interned with Pauline at Lakewood Memorial Park. In keeping with Dan's legacy of caring for others, donations may be made to the organization of your choice. God be with you, until we meet again.