Daniel Richard Baines died Saturday, April 6, 2002, at the Red Dog Mine near Kotzebue. He was 47.
A funeral service will be held Sunday in Seldovia, where his wife, Della, is buried.
Mr. Baines was born Dec. 29, 1954, in Ketchikan and grew up in Sitka. He graduated from Sitka High School in 1973. He worked on the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, at the Sitka pulp mill and in various commercial fishing positions throughout Alaska. He was employed as a truck driver at the Red Dog Mine at the time of his death. He also held a U.S. Coast Guard captain's license.
Mr. Baines loved to hunt and fish with his father and brothers, do outdoor activities with his two sons, bring his kids traveling to see new places and have lots of fun.
"Danny is greatly remembered for his quiet strength and passion for life, and for a great love for his family; he dedicated his life to serving his family. In the hearts of all who knew him, his memory lives, his love endures. Danny will be missed, always be loved, and certainly remembered for the many years of happiness he brought to his family.
"Some say that you can judge a man by how many people call him their friend. If that's the case, then Danny was a very big man. He was known and loved by many who were able to celebrate life right along with him -- in sports, in business and with family," his family said.
Mr. Baines was preceded in death by his wife, Della Baines; father, Conrad Baines Sr.; and his brother, Conrad Baines Jr.
He is survived by his two sons, Dustin and Darin of Seldovia; his mother, Velma Baines of Sitka; brothers, Ronald Baines of Seattle, Frank Baines of Anchorage, Terry Baines of Juneau, Michael Baines of Sitka, and Robert Baines of Sitka; sisters, Betty Baines and Barbara Baines of Sitka; mother- and father-in-law, Rod and Sunni Hilts of Seldovia; and numerous nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
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