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Harold Daniel “Dan” Reed

Harold Daniel "Dan" Reed

Harold Daniel “Dan” Reed

Harold Daniel “Dan” Reed, 80, of Amarillo died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018.

A viewing will be held on Friday, Nov. 23, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd. Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, at Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.

Dan was born May 16, 1938, in Iowa City, Iowa, to Griffith “Lee” and Bessie Reed.  He grew up in Iowa Falls and never lost his love for the “Scenic City.” He was an Army veteran, a graduate of Iowa State University, and an electrical engineer who retired from Southwestern Public Service Company. Dan served faithfully as a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. He loved the service, the message, the friendships, and, of course, the beautiful music played on an exquisite pipe organ. Christmas was his favorite holiday. When he and his buddy Ernie McAnally wanted to impress their grandchildren with a light show, they started a tradition that has lasted for years. They worked tirelessly every year to help create Candy Cane Lane, a magical display that many people look forward to each holiday season. Dan was a devoted father and grandfather, beloved neighbor, and friend to his community.

He was preceded in death by his wife Sharon Reed and his sister Thelma Martin. His family includes children Kristi Ferguson and husband Jason, Debbie Sandoval and husband George, Michael Reed and wife Patti, and Mark Reed; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; a brother, Frank Reed; a sister, Linda Brumleve; stepchildren Annette Teter and husband Kevin and Calvin Bailey and wife Heather;  five step grandchildren and three step great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his first wife and mother of his children, Joyce Donley.

Dan will be missed by all.


  • Mary Pruski Posted November 23, 2018 10:51 am

    Dan gave support and help provide for me and my mom, his mother-in-law and his very young sister-in-law from the time he married my sister, Joyce. They took me in for holidays, summer break, and whenever needed. Dan always just included me as one of his family. I never felt excluded or obligated. He made sure we went to church. Most of my trips or adventures growing up were provided by Dan and Joyce. I am so grateful to them for taking care of me! I have always had a place in my heart for Danny. I am so sad at his passing. I grieve with his children and I love them dearly.

    • Joyce Donley Posted December 2, 2018 1:32 pm

      Thank you Mary. Your post means so much.

  • Jill Fraser Posted November 24, 2018 8:45 am

    Dan was always special to the class if 1956. He attended many of our reunions and was a joy to visit with. .He was such a good artist and so much
    fun to be with. He will be missed! Class of ’56.

  • Annette Teter Posted November 24, 2018 8:59 am

    I remember when my children were young mentioning to Grandpa Dan that we were going to look at Christmas lights and were having trouble finding some good displays like there were when we were younger going out to Bishop Hills. I guess he wasn’t having that, so the next year he called to make sure we were going by to see him and my mom while we were out looking at lights. That was when he had started really decorating up his yard with the candy canes. Every year he just bought more and more and taught the neighbors how to make the candy canes during the summer so they could all have them ready at Christmas. He loved his grandchildren and wanted them to have the memories of the Christmas lights. He started a tradition that grew and now many blocks in the neighborhood have joined and ‘Candy Cane Lane’ has grown and become a tradition for many families at Christmas.

  • Trent Posted November 24, 2018 12:22 pm

    Rip Dan. I enjoyed our Christmas light conversations. I may have acted like those lights bothered me, but they didn’t. Thank you for the memorable christmas’s I wish your family well in these times

  • Anne Harlan Posted November 24, 2018 6:02 pm

    Dan was a unique one of ski d person his love for his family had no boundaries. Each one was special to him in their own way. He was very proud of them and their education and accomplishments. We shared many hours of talking and coffee with the ups and downs of life for many years. It seems he should have lived on forever. He will be missed by many.

  • Ethel M Guion Posted November 24, 2018 8:00 pm

    I was always fond of Dan. I know he was a good family man and that he was a good provider and so proud of his children and grandchildren. After he retired he took up painting and was an accomplished artist. I was privileged to see two of his paintings and thought they were very well done. He was the father of four of my grand children and I was very sorry to lose him but I know he is in a better place.

  • Janice Case Posted November 24, 2018 8:30 pm

    I have known Danny since I was a teenager. We have had many memorable times through the years. I so enjoyed seeing and visiting with Danny and Mark at our family gatherings. Dan was so faithful in bringing Mark at Christmas time and our reunions. It was so special to me to see them and to be with them. I will miss Dan.

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