National Park Service Official
SEATTLE (AP) _ Daniel J. Tobin, a fourth-generation National Park Service official who rose to the No. 3 position in the agency, has died at age 60.
Tobin died early Saturday at a local hospital after a heart attack at his home in suburban Redmond, according to a statement issued by the agency.
Tobin in 1977 was named associate director for management and operations - the No. 3 job in the park service - and in 1980 became regional director in Seattle, overseeing parks in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
″Jim Tobin was known throughout the parks and recreation community as a man of the highest integrity and loyalty to the conservation ethic,″ said agency director William Penn Mott.
Tobin received the Puggsley Gold Medal of the American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society and the Interior Department’s highest award, the gold medal for distinguished service.
Tobin was born in California’s Sequoia National Park, where his father was assistant superintendent, his grandfather had been a ranger and his great- grandfather a toll-taker, the statement said.
He served as an Army paratrooper in Africa and Europe during World War II, was awarded the Bronze Star and began seasonal work for the park service while earning a degree in business administration at Chico State College in California.
He was appointed a park ranger at Hawaii National Park in 1951, went through an Interior Department training program in Washington D.C. in 1954, returned to Sequoia as a district ranger and was appointed superintendent at Effigy Mounds in Iowa.
He worked in the regional office in Omaha, was assigned to Dinosaur National Monument in Utah and Colorado and returned to Hawaii in 1967 as superintendent. He was named associate regional director in San Francisco in 1970 and became superintendent of Mount Rainier National Park in Washington two years later.
Survivors include Tobin’s wife, a daughter and son, his mother, a brother and a sister.