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Daniel Edward Handford


February 6, 2020


Daniel Edward Handford was born to Robert and Goldie Handford October 29, 1937 in Conrad, Montana. He was raised on his parents' farm in Valier, Montana, until the age of nine when they moved to Great Falls and he attended school until he graduated.

Dan worked at several construction companies over the years, the last being the Polson branch of Flathead Concrete. Earlier in Dan's life he worked at the Zonolite Mine in Libby for approximately 10 years. Dan served as a dispatcher for the Lake County Sheriff's Department and was a reserve deputy prior to remarrying.

Dan married Betty Jo Davis in April of 1987 and they soon moved to Frenchtown where he continued work in the construction business. In 2006, following his wife's retirement, they moved to Thompson Falls to spend the rest of his life.

Dan had two daughters from a previous marriage and acquired three stepdaughters upon his second marriage. He is survived by his wife, Betty Jo, at the family home; one daughter, Barbara Hayak of Kalispell; two step-daughters, Suzanne Neville of Darby and Audria (Dan) Bloch of Three Forks; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Wayne, Lawrence, and Raymond; one daughter, Marla Handford; and one stepdaughter, Keri Snyder. Per Dan's wishes, cremation has taken place and interment will be held at a later date at the Fraternal Cemetery in Thompson Falls.


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