In memory: Danny (Dan) James McGrew

Danny James McGrew of Fort Collins, Colorado, formerly of Timnath and Walden, Colorado, age 68, died peacefully in his sleep on May 9. He was born on November 8, 1948, at Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie, Wyo., to Ruth Marie Anderson and Kenneth Coleman McGrew. He grew up in Walden with his brother, Stan, and his treasured grandmother, “Gram,” Johannah Anderson.

Dan married Janice Lynn Bauer of Steamboat Springs on Jan. 10, 1970, in Fort Collins. They had two children together, Laura (McGrew) McDonald, Niwot, and Larry Lynn McGrew, Clinton, ME.

Dan married Jeannie Marilyn (Carle) McGrew of Loveland, on July 25, 1992, at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. They were married nearly 25 years. He is survived by Jeannie and their five children and 10 grandchildren: daughter, Laura McDonald, husband Chris, and their children, Hannah and Joelle; son, Larry McGrew, wife Lisa, and their son, Graylon; son, Jared Stanton, wife Megan, and their children, Xander, Ainsley, and Oliver; daughter, Heather Binder and her children, Travis and Trever; daughter, Hillary Niebauer, husband Joel, and their children, Abby and Rayen.

Dan graduated from North Park High School with the class of 1967. He was a wrestler on the first team fielded by North Park High School and the first Wildcat to place in a state district meet. He also played basketball, football, baseball, and was accomplished at showing livestock.

He graduated from Colorado State University and started his life of service in 1972, joining the Colorado State University Police Department full time. Dan served as an officer for more than 20 years. Dan activated as a financial advisor with Waddell & Reed in December 1987 beginning a nearly 30 year career serving the investment and retirement goals of clients who called their advisor, “friend.”

Dan served as a Larimer County 4-H leader. He loved to dance with his wife. He excelled at photography, specializing in photos of his grandkids and as many bird species as he could find.

His primary love and passion was his family and living as a selfless example: “(My family) guides my path. Every time I take a step there is a child or grandchild following those steps. People become what they see. If they see hate, they will hate. If they see love, they will love.”

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, at Timberline Church in Fort Collins.

Interment will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens Cemetery. Those who wish may view Dan from 5 – 7  p.m. on Friday at Bohlender Funeral Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made in Dan’s name to Team Fort Collins or the Larimer County 4-H Foundation in care of Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive, Fort Collins, CO, 80524. Friends may send condolences to the family at


Published in The Coloradoan from May 10 to May 14, 2017