Dan Kerr — 1937-2014

Dan Kerr

Dan Kerr

Avid volunteer and longtime Lake Tahoe resident Daniel Lee Kerr has died.

Mr. Kerr died June 27. He was 76.

He was born in Seattle on Oct. 7, 1937, weighing only 2.2 pounds. As a young boy the family moved to San Diego. That is where his love of surfing developed. He proclaimed himself to be a “beach rat”.

Mr. Kerr would also call himself “Dan the Mountain Man”. In his younger days he was an avid hiker.

Mr. Kerr moved to the South Shore in the late 1970s to take care of his mother after his father passed away. They lived on the top of Kingsbury Grade.

For six years Mr. Kerr was in the Marine Corps, which included serving in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1967 with the rank of sergeant.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in history/philosophy from the University of San Diego and then a master’s in education from the University of Santa Clara.

Mr. Kerr was a teacher and administrator in California and Colorado before moving to Stateline. He put his experience to use as a substitute teacher in Douglas County School District.

Marilyn Richardson with DCSD said, “He was a very sweet man.” With his K-12 substitute license, he could be called on to work at any grade level for any subject. Mostly he preferred to work at the lake schools. He was part of DCSD from 1988-2013.

Volunteering was his vocation. Starting in 1985 he worked with the Barton Auxiliary, including as president of the nonprofit in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2010.

“He loved what he did. He did amazing things for the hospital,” said Judy Cefalu, who worked with Mr. Kerr on the Auxiliary.

Mr. Kerr was instrumental in bringing more workers into The Attic thrift store and changing how things were run there.

Giving blood and coordinating blood drives was another passion of his. Locally, he donated more than 200 pints of blood. The only reason he stopped giving was because of his age.

He served on the Sacramento Blood Source Blood Drive since 1979 and chaired the South Lake Tahoe Community Blood Drive for 35 years.

Mr. Kerr also volunteered for the Sacramento Valley Area Council of Hospital Volunteers for many years as a board member and president.

He joined Sons in Retirement Inc. in 2012 and was “little sir” for the branch.

Mr. Kerr was a devoted Catholic, giving countless hours to Our Lady of Tahoe Church in Zephyr Cove. He never missed Mass.

Survivors include sons Glenn Ciganek and Ronald Ciganek of Florida, and Todd Ciganek of Illinois; daughter Traci Powers of Colorado; cousin Joe Wicker; and eight grandchildren.

Services will be July 24 at 11am at Our Lady of Tahoe on Elks Point Road in Zephyr Cove. Following the service will be a reception in the adjoining Father Bain Hall. Burial will be at 1:30pm at Happy Homestead Cemetery in South Lake Tahoe.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Attn: Memorial Fund for Dan Kerr, 2170 South St., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150; BloodSource, Attn: Memorial Fund for Dan Kerr, 10536 Peter A McCuen Blvd., Mather, CA 95655-4128; Our Lady of Tahoe, Attn: Memorial Fund for Dan Kerr, P.O. Box 115, Zephyr Cove, NV 89448.


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Comments (13)
  1. Steve says - Posted: July 10, 2014

    An exemplary gentleman, volunteer, giver, neighbor, and friend has clearly arrived in heaven. RIP Dan.

  2. sunriser2 says - Posted: July 10, 2014

    A class act. I will miss him.

  3. Bob Fleischer says - Posted: July 10, 2014

    He will be sorely missed.

    (Sir Webmaster)

  4. Bmhrn says - Posted: July 10, 2014

    God bless Dan Kerr! Always a smile and a kind word to everyone he encountered in, and outside of the hospital! A face and smile that will truly be missed!

  5. Daniel Wines says - Posted: July 10, 2014

    Truly one of the nicest most genuine people I have ever met. He will be missed.

  6. Ralph Cramden says - Posted: July 11, 2014

    Spare time and a checkbook are the best indicators of a person’s priorities. Clearly, Dan was deeply committed to several very worthy causes, and willing to demonstrate the depth of that effort with a great deal of time and money. A man of character and sincerity, he will be sorely missed, especially at the bi-monthly blood drives. RIP, Dan, “Well done, thow good and faithful servant.”

  7. Dennis Cocking says - Posted: July 11, 2014

    Dan was a fine man and a great example of service to community. He was very proud of his Marine service and it should be noted he served with distinction. RIP and Semper Fi, Dan.

  8. Amber Dobson says - Posted: July 11, 2014

    Mr Kerr was an amazing man! He will be missed!

  9. Buck says - Posted: July 11, 2014

    Dan was the best of the best. RIP Dan.

  10. Mama Bear says - Posted: July 11, 2014

    Dan will definitely be missed. He showed the best of human kindness and giving. I always enjoyed seeing him and Mike Kazarian at the blood drives.
    RIP Dan!

  11. Virginia Glenn says - Posted: July 11, 2014

    Dan put his beliefs and his heart into action. He will definitely be missed – all over town!

  12. Dan Stroehler says - Posted: July 11, 2014

    I didn’t know him well, but I knew him. A good guy all around.

  13. jonathan smith says - Posted: July 11, 2014

    Rest in peace Mr. Kerr. The lives that you touched will always be grateful for your contribution. I truly believe that the world is a better place for having had you in it.