Daniel Lawrence Rice was born on September 25, 1926. He was the 5th of 6 children born to Effie and Ernest Rice coming into this world at Roany Creek Ranch where Ernie Rice now lives.
Dan suffered failing health over the past several months and the end came June 2nd (2011) at his home in Granite Creek where he wanted to be. Grace cared for him with tender love and affection to his last breath. The family being there with him also.
Dan had a full life; he had to walk 5 miles each way to school. When he returned home had to milk the cows, feed the pigs and chickens. At 10 years old he had to go with his father and uncle back to Mt. Outram where they had placer mining claims and bring 8 horses back to the farm. 6 weeks later Danny had to take the horses back by himself to pick up supplies and samples. His dad and uncle would be with him on his return.
At the young age of 14 he lost his father to silicosis and then had to be the man of the land – being responsible for all the farm work.
In the Winter months he hunted cougars for the bounty posted by the Cattlemen’s Association. He raised a cougar kitten until he couldn’t keep it and sold it to Game Warden Alan Gill. Later, with his brother they build a sawmill running it for several years. He bought the property at Granite Creek when he was 18 and paid for it over time by cutting and selling firewood.
In 1954 Dan went logging in the Christina Lake area for a time and then moved on to Rock Creek, working as a sawyer and millwright in an operation there. From Rock Creek he moved to Lumby working in his brother-in-law’s mill for a couple of years before moving to 100-Mile House. He worked in 27 different mills.
In 1958 Dan came back to work for his brother Gene and moved to Granite Creek in 1960 living in a 2 bedroom cabin until he built the house in which they have resided ever since. This was the home where Dan and Grace raised their family. They have resided there 51 years.
Dan’s ventures included gold mining, trapping, fishing, hunting, logging and farming. They had a lovely vegetable garden which required a lot of work from both Dan and Grace.
Danny and Grace married in 1954 but didn’t have time then for a honeymoon. So 40 years later they travelled to the Yukon for a wonderful holiday, and Grace said it was worth waiting for.
Aside from all his other ventures, Dan loved to play the guitar and sing – entertaining his family, friends and guests.
Dan Rice will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his loving wife Grace of 57 years, 2 sons, Brian, and Albert and his wife Lori; 2 daughters, Leona and her husband Ken, and Jackie and her husband Jesse; 8 grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by daughter Georgina, 2 brothers, Ernest and Eugene; 3 sisters Agnes, Marie and Sylvia; as well as both his parents Effie and Ernest Rice.
~ Eric M. Goodfellow