Colvin Edsell McDaniel

January 25, 2019


Colvin Edsell McDaniel was born on March 3, 1925, in Alpine, Utah. He passed away on January 21, 2019, at the age of 93. His parents were Charles Wilford McDaniel and Mary Alice Olsen McDaniel.

When he was two years old, his mother passed away, and he was primarily raised by his grandparents. He attended Alpine Elementary and American Fork High School. He worked throughout his youth at various jobs in construction and farming. When World War II began, he knew he wanted to serve his country. As soon as he was 18, he enlisted and began serving in the United States Navy. He went to electrical school for the Navy in St. Louis, Missouri. This is where he met the girl he fell in love with and married – Clara Eudora Sykes. She was from Granite City, Illinois. Throughout the war, he traveled all over the Pacific Ocean on several ships and was in several battles until the war ended.

After the war, he brought his bride, Clara, back to Alpine, and they began raising a family and building the home that he currently lived in. He followed the career of an electrician that he began in the Navy. He joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in 1946 and became a lifetime member. He worked on construction jobs all over northern Utah. He became a Master Electrician and also taught vocational classes at the old technical college in Provo.

Colvin and Clara had five children: Nancy Kinsey (Steve), Dwight (Jolene), Anita Tanner (Elden), Kirk (Jan), and Edsell (Diane). He was preceded in death by his wife, his son Dwight, and his daughter, Nancy. He had 20 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren, and 17 great-great grandchildren.

His beloved wife passed away on July 18, 1986. This was a great loss for him, and he occupied many of those long hours and days traveling all over the United States, often on his Honda Gold Wing motorcycle. He also spent many hours working in many of the homes in Alpine doing electrical and remodeling jobs. You could say, “He was Alpine’s handyman.”

His family loves him very much and appreciates all that he has taught them about hard work and effort. He has been a wonderful father, grandfather, and great grandfather.

Graveside services will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the Alpine City Cemetery, 350 Grove Drive, Alpine, Utah. Family and friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 am on Saturday at the Warenski Funeral Home, 1776 North 900 East, American Fork, Utah. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.warenski.com.

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