Delta – Danny (Dan) Craig Cerise age 73, beloved father, son, uncle, grandpa, and friend completed his mortal journey on February 24, 2021 at the Delta County Memorial Hospital. Dan was surrounded by his four boys and passed peacefully after a long battle with Leukemia.
Danny is survived by his four sons, Edward - Bluffdale, Utah, Jason (Heather) – Montrose, CO, Craig (Amanda) – Cedaredge, CO, Anthony (Sidney) – Greeley, CO. Danny also has been blessed with nine beautiful grandchildren; Kaitlyn, Ashlyn, and Kanin – Bluffdale, Utah; Autumn, Dylan, and Colton – Montrose, CO; Isabel, Maya, and Blaine – Cedaredge, CO. Dan’s Grandchildren held a special place in his heart as they all brought him great love and happiness.
Dan is preceded in death by his beautiful Mother, Joyce Alsbury Cerise.
Danny was Born September 10, 1947 in Twin Falls, Idaho and was the oldest child of Edward and Joyce Alsbury Cerise. Danny grew up in Carbondale, Colorado where he excelled in School Athletics and began his appreciation for the local outdoors starting his love for fishing. After Graduating from Roaring Fork High School, Danny enlisted in the United States Army where he served in the Vietnam War from 1967 until his honorable discharge in 1969 with the rank of Sergeant. During his career in the Army, Danny was awarded several accolades including the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service and Campaign Medals, as well as the prestige’s Bronze Star, for Meritorious Achievement in Ground Operations Against Hostile Forces.
Upon returning from Vietnam, Dan returned to the Carbondale area where he followed in the footstep of his father in the Coal Mining Industry. Dan spent many years working as an underground miner achieving several “Boss” promotions. After a successful career as a coal miner, Dan chose to pursue a different path in the mining industry by serving as a Federal Mine Inspector for the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Through his 24-year career Dan made many friends and received many awards for the work he had completed and was very proud of his contribution to influencing Mining Safety.
Dan loved to spend time with his family and would jump at any opportunity there was to support them. That included everything from watching his kids and grandkids play sports. He also loved attending local football and basketball games to watch his Son Craig Coach. Everyone that knew him, knew how proud he was of his four sons. Dan also loved to spend time with his Father Ed, taking him on various trips to either see family or run off to a casino to have a good time. Dan will also be missed by his beloved siblings Linda Krumel, Cindy Stein, and Gary Cerise and their families. Dan had many friends and enjoyed visiting them at the local watering hole and community that he grew to love over the years.
Dan will be remembered for his love for the outdoors and for his family. It didn’t matter if he had a debilitating disease, he did all he could to live life his way and to the fullest until it was time to return home.
We love you Dad; you will be deeply missed by our family as well as your many friends. Until we meet again.
Danny will be laid to rest at the Grand Junction Veterans Cemetery receiving full Military Honors. The date for this Ceremony has not yet been determined due to current constraints of our times. Notifications for this ceremony will published later.
In lieu of a Funeral, there will be a Celebration of Life for Danny Cerise, in Cedaredge, CO at 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on March 6, 2021 located at THE PONDY on Main Street in Cedaredge.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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