Daniel C. MacIntyre

2014-07-15T00:00:00Z Daniel C. MacIntyre The Billings Gazette
July 15, 2014 12:00 am

ROUNDUP — Daniel “Dan” C. MacIntyre — Veteran, Forester, Rancher, Wood-working craftsman, Husband, Father and Friend — passed away peacefully in Roundup, early on July 10, 2014.

Dan was born on Jan. 11, 1929, in Milwaukee, to Mildred A. and Carson G. MacIntyre. Shortly after his birth his family moved to the Kansas City, Mo., area where his father operated a sheet metal business. During his high school years he made a trip out to Washington where he worked in a railroad logging camp as a “choker setter” which ended badly with hospitalization after an injury from a snapped cable. However, it was from this experience that his love of forestry started and he became stronger. After returning to Missouri, Dan attended high school at Ruhl-Hartman in Warrensburg where he lettered in both football and basketball. After graduating high school he attended Central Missouri State College until December 1950, majoring in Journalism. It was here where he met the love of his life, Inez Chamberlain, and they married.

After enlisting in 1951, he was accepted into pilots training in the U.S. Navy; however, because of the requirement to be single, he decided keeping Inez was the more important of the two choices and instead served as an Air Traffic Controller at China Lake Naval Air Station. Dan was honorably discharged as First Class Petty Officer in 1955, and then attended Colorado A&M (now known as Colorado State University) in Fort Collins. He majored in Forestry with a minor in Range Management and during which time he was the President of the Forestry Honorary Society and was also a member of the champion Range Judging/Plant Identification Team in 1957 and 1958.

Upon graduation with a B.S. degree, he was hired by the U.S. Forest Service as a Junior Forester, scaling and marking timber, and then in 1959 was promoted to Assistant Forest Ranger on the Big Springs District of the Kaibab National Forest near Jacob Lake, and later in Fredonia, Ariz. In 1962 he was promoted to District Ranger, stationed in Williams, Ariz. In 1964 he was promoted to Fire Control Officer on the Lincoln National Forest (birthplace to Smokey Bear) and moved the family to Alamogordo, N.M. It was here that he helped institute one of the first helicopter initial attack programs in the U.S. and where he was part of a large Type 1 team on more than 45 project fires in Arizona, New Mexico, California and Utah. In 1969 he took a promotion to Forest Supervisor on the Prescott National Forest in Prescott, Ariz., and then in 1971 on to Billings, as Forest Supervisor of the Custer National Forest. The Custer in those days had eight Ranger Districts in three states (Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota) and Dan faced the new Environmental Impact Study (EIS) Policy required on all proposals; subsequently, producing some of the first Land Use Plans with one EIS addressing strip mining, and multiple use plans. He was a member for many years in the Rotary Club and the Society for American Foresters.

After retiring in 1981, Dan took up residence east of Roundup, on his place on Parrot Creek where he raised cattle until approximately 1990. Then later in the 1990s he put his forestry experience to use, writing and administering private timber sales and contracts in the Bull Mountain area. Besides working on improving the ranch, he served on the Musselshell County Planning Board, the Airport Zoning Commission, the Pine Ridge Golf Course Board, and was a member of the Musselshell Stock Growers for years. In 2000 he received Cooperator of the Year from the Lower Musselshell Conservation District and the Montana Association of Conservation Districts. Dan and his wife Inez were both members of the Calvary Episcopal Church in Roundup until it sadly closed its door.

Dan enjoyed the outdoors, ranch work, cruising timber, golf, anything to do with aeronautics, hunting and fishing and just about any sporting event. He was also an accomplished wood worker/furniture builder. He was avid reader, philosopher, and humorist. He loved to laugh and make others laugh with him via his special sayings and mannerisms, especially when he wasn’t trying to. He was extremely generous with his time and loved to teach others with less knowledge.

After the loss of Inez to colitis in July of 2007 his happiness faded slowly through the years, even though he worked hard at being self-sufficient and independent. In May, when he was no longer able to stay out on the ranch by himself, he made a special friend with Tana at Sunflower Gardens where he would have his coffee and “roll your own” cigarette in the morning out on the deck and philosophize about life. Finally, his flight vector changed to return home to Inez where angels fly and touch down within the Kingdom of God.

He is survived by his daughter Kathy of Phoenix; daughter Carol (Jeff) Smith of Missoula; son James (Ani), Long Beach, Calif.; and son Clint (Zona) of Shepherd. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren: Stephen, Stuart, Stephanie, Mary, Alex, Carson and Jordan.

Memorial services for Dan will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 16, at Wier Funeral Chapel in Roundup. Condolences may be shared with the family at czmacintyre@gmail.com.

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