Daniel Barrett Dayton passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 31, 2017, in Lake County, Colorado, incident to complications related to pulmonary failure.
Born April 19, 1976, Dan was raised in Evanston, 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 thereafter 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 held since 1999. The integrity of his professional effort and quality of care consistently received accolades, maintaining 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 he was an engaging story-teller.
Always willing to lend a hand in any situation, Dan had enviable generosity for others. He had an impressive knowledge base in many areas for which he was passionate, especially music, food, automotive mechanics and late-night dancing.
Religious about the outdoors, spring, summer, and 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 the Smiths Fork valley. A superlative winter sports enthusiast, Dan 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, Cottonwood Heights, Utah; brothers, Michael (Kate) Dayton, of Cherry Hills, Colorado; 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 the summer of 2018, to be announced at a later date.