DANIEL CARL MAXWELL (77)

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Daniel (“Dan”, “Chocolate”, “Grandpa Cookie Dough”) Carl Maxwell was born to Morris “Morey” and Emma Elizabeth “Betty” Higham Maxwell May 6, 1946, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dan returned home to his loving Heavenly Father February 3, 2024, approximately 8 pm in his home in West Valley City, Utah, surrounded by his loving family. He died due to complications as a result of severe health conditions.

Dan grew up in Salt Lake City where he graduated from Olympus High School and attended the University of Utah. His education started early, when at the age of 8 he began working at his father’s side in his father’s electrical business. After high school he worked for Beehive Electric.

He served his country in the Air Force and posted with the Utah Air National Guard.

In 1970, Dan married Nancy Jo. Together they had 4 children, but later divorced. While together they did; Foster Care, Baby Boarding and were involved in the Indian Placement Program.

Dan and his family spent a few years in Nelspruit, South Africa. Where he was employed with Sierra Research doing weather modification. It was then that Dan decided he wanted to learn to fly planes.

Later, when he worked for Data General, he earned his pilot's license and flew his Cessna wherever he needed to go to work on their computers. He received the Data General Field Engineering Division Excellent Service Award in 1980, beating out the entire Field Engineering Division.

Dan’s ingenuity also earned him 2 patents issued by the US Patent Office.

Electronics were one of his passions. He developed an external security device for computers (referred to as a dongle) successfully preventing software piracy. He later founded and was President of Micro Security and Data Security which grew from his invention.

As his business grew so did the size of his plane, so he became certified as a Mitsubishi MU-2 FAA pilot. It was one of the biggest thrills of his life. Dan loved to fly!

In 1990, Dan married the love of his life, Roslyn Kyle in the Ogden Temple for time. In 1991 they were sealed together in the Salt Lake Temple. He didn't want to leave this world until she knew how much he loved her! This year they would have celebrated 34 years together.

Roslyn brought with her 8 children from her previous marriage, he never flinched. Instead, they went on to have a child of their own and adopt 2 more children. Each one a special part of their precious family. He was a loving husband, a concerned and connected dad and fun and loving grandpa.

Dan lived by his faith and was known for his great integrity. He was dependable and efficient at whatever he did. He was a great example of service and leadership in his community. For many years he was a member of The Adult Probation and Parole Citizens Review Board AP&P. He served in several Bishopbrics, as well as fulfilled numerous other positions in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In his down time, he enjoyed doing family research.

Dan was dedicated to his Savior Jesus Christ, to his family, and to his country. His life was filled with many challenges, not that you would have known. He NEVER complained. He was long suffering, tenacious, and could not be held down. No kidding here, he was an incredible man.

Dan ended his career working for Lone Peak Labs, engineering pilot devices and specialty work for APSI. Retiring only 14 days before he went on hospice. Even then it was hard for him to stop. He took a great deal of pride in his work.

Last, but certainly not least, he had a great sense of humor. He loved to laugh and make others laugh. He was a wonderful storyteller not made-up stories, but incredible tales from his life. And almost everyone he encountered would have been asked his favorite question, “What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?”

Dan’s motto would easily have been, “God, Family, Country and Chocolate! … Preferably Dark!”

To “Grandpa Cookie Dough”, we know you are still close, you loved us too much to go very far. Thank you for the wonderful memories. We are going to miss you, your jokes, your stories and of course your “God, Family, Country and Chocolate! … Preferably Dark!” fabulous Chocolate Chip Cookies! (By the way, the neighbors are all crying too.) Thanks for everything Dad. We’ll see you on the flip side. As an added note, when we all arrive, we’d like a plate of your cookies, to ourselves. It will have been a long time, and we don’t want to have to share.

Dan was preceded in death: Mother Emma Elizabeth “Betty” Higham Maxwell Poulsen, Father Morris Carlos Maxwell, sister Elizabeth Ann Maxwell Poulson, daughter Daffany Ann Maxwell.

Dan is survived by: His loving Roslyn and their children: Ted Dickerson, Wendy Hicks, Daniel “Travis” Maxwell, Tonya Dickerson, Jeremy (Sandra) Maxwell, Elon Dickerson (Elizabeth), Cindi (Andrew “Andy”) Berrett, Scott Maxwell (Ashley), Angela (Eric) Arrington, David Dickerson (Marc), Tessa (Arlee) Smith, Kassie (Jeremy) Burns, Joel (Tiffany) Maxwell, Evelynn Maxwell. There are 29 (and counting) grandchildren, spouses and numerous great grandchildren. Along with many cousins, nephews and nieces.

Brother Robert (Phyllis) Maxwell, brother David (Sandra “Sandy”) Maxwell, sister Shirley Maxwell, sister Cathy Barr, brother William “Bill” (Barbara) Poulsen, one stepbrother, J Lowell (May) Jennings, 3 stepsisters, June “Lanae” (Robert Lee) Somsen, Joann (Kenneth) Borg Jr and LeAnn (Ned Duane) Allred.

Services will be held Thursday, February 8, 2024, at the Hunter 5th LDS “Janette Building”: 5065 W Janette Ave. West Valley City, Utah 84120. The Viewing will run from 10:00 - 11:45 am. prior to the Funeral at 12:00 p.m. Interment at the Riverton City Cemetery 1500 W 13200 S Riverton City, Utah.

We are very grateful for the compassionate Intermountain Homecare and Hospice workers who helped our family in this difficult time. We had an especially wonderful team, Doctor Scheidell. Along with special Nurses, particularly Melissa. Jose and Pedro who were exceptional CNA’s, Rob the Resource man and Jody the Chaplain whose services were meaningful to us. And for all our friends and loved ones, who extended their love and support. With special thanks to Brigadier General Darwin Craig, a special visitor, who brought a great amount of cheer and tenderness. Lastly to Uncle Bill and Aunt Barbara, our whole family thanks you!

Condolences can be sent to www.premierfuneral.com or Legacy.com

Services

Livestream Service

Thursday, Feb. 08, 2024 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Viewing

Thursday, Feb. 08, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Hunter 5th LDS “Janette Building”
5065 W. Janette Ave
West Valley City, UT 84120

Funeral Service

Thursday, Feb. 08, 2024 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Hunter 5th LDS “Janette Building”
5065 W. Janette Ave
West Valley City, UT 84120

Burial

Thursday, Feb. 08, 2024 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Riverton City Cemetery
1500 West 13200 South
Riverton, UT 84065

Life Story Info

Post Date

Feb 06, 2024

Personal Info

Age

77

Religion and Beliefs

Latter-day Saint

Military Affiliation

  • Air National Guard
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Guestbook

We'll always love you and miss you, grandpa. We made many precious memories together, which are dear to me. And I'm glad you performed my baptism, even though I've left the church. I'll make sure to eat a chocolate chip cookie in your honor! Much love forever

Jazlyn Maxwell , Covington, KY, US Feb 08, 2024

I wish I had been able to spend more time with Dan. I will miss him.

Bob Maxwell Feb 07, 2024

There are not words that can express the honor, and privilege of knowing Dan and calling him Friend and Brother! Love you Dan! Thank you for your kindness and friendship!

Gary M Canady , Morehead City, NC, US Feb 07, 2024

There are not words that can express the honor, and privilege of knowing Dan and calling him Friend and Brother! Love you Dan! Thank you for your kindness and friendship!

Gary M Canady , Morehead City, NC, US Feb 07, 2024

You were always a great father figure to me and was truly blessed to call you dad! You will always hold a special place in my heart and for ever be grandpa Maxwell to my kids. You will truly be missed and will always be remembered. Watch over us from on high. Till we meet again. Love you always

Lyndsay Roman , West Valley City, UT, US Feb 07, 2024

You were always a great father figure to me and was truly blessed to call you dad! You will always hold a special place in my heart and for ever be grandpa Maxwell to my kids. You will truly be missed and will always be remembered. Watch over us from on high. Till we meet again. Love you always

Lyndsay Roman , West Valley City, UT, US Feb 07, 2024

You were always a great father figure to me and was truly blessed to call you dad! You will always hold a special place in my heart and for ever be grandpa Maxwell to my kids. You will truly be missed and will always be remembered. Watch over us from on high. Till we meet again. Love you always

Lyndsay Roman , West Valley City, UT, US Feb 07, 2024

Good friend. Great guy.

David Weber Feb 06, 2024

Good friend. Great guy.

David Weber Feb 06, 2024

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