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Daniel Cleveland

December 25, 1945 — July 4, 2023


Daniel Lee Cleveland, 77, peacefully passed away at home, July 4, 2023, following a period of declining health. Daniel was born December 25, 1945, to Emma and James Cleveland in Marion, Ohio. Dan’s family moved to the Montana Flathead Lake area, living in Polson and later in Great Falls, where Dan learned the plumbing business from his father as well as fishing. Dan attended Great Falls High School and joined his father in the plumbing business. In December 1967, avoiding the draft, Dan joined the Navy. Dan completed three tours in Vietnam, one on the USS Oriskany and the other on the Hancock, a WWII Carrier. He also served at Yankee Station where aircraft carriers and support ships operated in open water. During his service, Dan survived a Kamikaze attack. Dan now will finally join his nephew, Gary Griener, who was killed in country in Vietnam, May of 1969. Dan was discharged in 1971, returning to Great Falls to continue working as a plumber. Dan graduated from Montana State University with a degree in Sociology. At MSU, Dan met a most interesting and intelligent, beautiful lady who would become his soul mate, Debra Carol Unruh. They were married April 21, 1979. They had two wonderful girls, Christine Lynn and Elyse Carol. Dan worked for the State of Montana as a Social Worker where his career led him to do case management with the developmentally disabled and was the supervisor for Adult Protective Services and Home Attendant Services. Dan loved the water and owned throughout his lifetime a sailboat and a raft with which he enjoyed rafting and fly fishing down many Montana rivers. His favorite was a Whitehall boat which he rowed and organized many trips with friends. He was especially proud of rowing it down the White Cliffs of the Missouri.


Dan is preceded in death by his parents, sisters, brother, nieces and nephews.


Dan is survived by his wife Debra, daughter Artist Christine, granddaughters Clara and Emily, daughter Doctor Elyse (Casimir) and many nieces and nephews. Finally, his beloved Chloe, a miniature dachshund and runner up to the Missoula Wiener Dog Races, will be wagging her tail to once again be held in his arms where all good dogs belong.


A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 8, 11:00 a.m. at Atonement Lutheran Church. Condolences may be left for the family at

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Saturday, July 8, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Mountain time)

Atonement Lutheran Church

2205 34th St, Missoula, MT 59801

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