Mark William McDaniel



(June 25, 1955 - November 21, 2014)


The Lusk Herald
December 10, 2014



Mark William McDaniel, 59, passed away on November 21, 2014. He was born in Lusk, Wyoming, on June 25, 1955. His parents were Kent William McDaniel of Lance Creek and Barbara Windom McDaniel of Lusk.

His grandparents were Otto (Bud) McDaniel and Cleo Baker McDaniel of Lance Creek and Dale and Mildred (Honey) Meglemre Windom of Lusk.

Mark began school in Lewistown, Montana and transferred to Southridge Grade School in Casper in 1963. He attended CY Junior High in Casper through the 8th grade and began his high school years as a freshman at Guernsey-Sunrise High School in Guernsey, Wyoming. He holds the record for the most tackles playing for Guernsey-Sunrise and also played quarterback for his football team. He loved playing basketball and was a member of the Wheatland Golf team. He participated in school plays, the Lettermen's Club, sang in the mixed chorus, was crowned Prom King, nominated to the Society of Outstanding High School Students, voted All-Around Boy and graduated in 1973 as Salutatorian of his class, receiving the High School Honor Scholarship to the University of Wyoming. He received a golf scholarship to Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington. As a student there for two years, he met some life-long friends, then enrolled at the University of Wyoming.

Mark had a varied livelihood which began as a summer worker at Guernsey State Park and Glendo State Park under the supervision of Dennis Krionderis. Upon graduation from the University of Wyoming, Otto Shaffer hired him to work at the Guernsey Stone Quarry.

While playing golf with his uncle Larry McDaniel he began another adventure by joining Larry and his wife Kathy Zumbrunnen McDaniel in the busy oil business in the Green River/Rock Springs area in 1979.

Following the closing of the McDaniel business, he went to work with the True Oil Company of Casper, Wyoming. A friend of Mark's convinced him to try the brokerage business which was another challenge for him. He worked in the brokerage business for 30 years in Casper, eventually becoming the branch manager for Raymond James Financial Services with Registered Associate Denise Odde for several years.

In 1984 he married Sandra Jo Sallee of Cheyenne and they brought into the world three wonderful children, Brandy, Lauren and Cameron. Mark became a grandpa in January of this year to Carter Allen Loe. The McDaniels are devoted members of the Highland Community Church. The McDaniels went to Africa serving AIDS orphans for the church. Mark also enjoyed bird hunting and fishing. His favorite fishing spot was Meadow Lark Lake in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming.

Mark took his son Cameron to the Super Bowl when Denver was playing Seattle this year. He was a wonderful father and enjoyed and assisted in his children's activities.

He was preceded in death by his father Kent McDaniel, his stepmother Phyllis McDaniel, his little sister Marcie Ann, his stepfather Nick Costopoulos, his father-in-law Don Sallee and his grandparents.

He is survived by his loving wife Sandy of 30 years, his daughter Brandy Loe (Chris), grandson Carter Allen Loe, daughter Lauren, son Cameron, mother-in-law Billie Sallee Mulligan of Cheyenne, and mother Barbara Costopoulos of Guernsey and aunts, uncles, cousins and his many friends.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, November 29, 2014, at the Highland Park Community Church.








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