Daniel Wright Finlinson died November 2, 2021 from Covid. He was not vaccinated.
Daniel Wright Finlinson was born July 29, 1954 to Oran Jacobsen Finlinson and Rosella Wright Finlinson in Oak City, Utah. Daniel was the youngest of four brothers. Oran Vaughn and Hal W. preceded him in death. Maurice J. still lives in Orem, Utah. At age 10 his mother passed away. His father died when Daniel was 37.
Daniel married Deanna L (Jensen) Finlinson, later divorced.
Daniel was raised on a dairy farm. As most people realize farming can be dangerous work. Daniel was riding with his brother Hal on a tractor and there was an accident and Hal was killed. Another time Daniel had a serious injury to his head when he was kicked by a calf early on in his life. That left some cognitive injuries to Daniel that limited him in his reading abilities but Daniel was able to graduate later from Payson High School and go on to serve a full LDS American Indian Mission in New Mexico and Arizona. Daniel had a talent for welding and worked for a company welding when he saw an opening at the Utah State Prison working on their dairy along with the inmates and other staff. He worked other aspects of the Prison farm like the hog farm before moving on to working at the prison industries warehouse for the rest of his career. Daniel was able to pass the CDL test the first time he took it and did a lot of truck driving as part of his job.
What a career Daniel Finlinson, aka "Disco Dan" had. He worked at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah just one month short of 40 years. Virtually everyone at the prison knew "Disco Dan" --be it inmates or staff.
Dan got the moniker "Disco Dan" when he first started working at the prison because he liked to go disco dancing in Utah county back when the disco dancing craze was peaking. Disco Dan had the disco moves and was willing to show them off. Dan also had a great singing voice and could belt out Elvis songs with a perfect impersonation.
Dan worked for Utah Correctional Industries in their warehouse. That sent him to all parts of the prison, both in Draper and Gunnison. From the kitchen to the blocks.
Daniel could talk to anyone and he got along well with the staff and inmates during his career. Daniel W Finlinson will be interred in the Oak City, Utah cemetery in the spring of 2022.
Life Story Info
Cause of Death
Religion and Beliefs
- Utah State Prison
High SchoolPayson High
I didn't know Disco was gone. What a career he had at the prison and to work there for 40 years. Dan was quite the character. He had a lot of stories to tell, that's for sure. He had great plans for the future and wanted to retire and live in a cabin in southern Utah. To tell you the truth I think he would have missed the prison even though he complained about working there, although he didn't want to drive out to the new one out by the Great Salt Lake. He will get some decent rest now. RIP.