Daniel John Cline, 67, formerly of Prairie City, passed away Jan. 2 at University of Washington Hospital in Seattle of acute myeloid leukemia, surrounded by his loving family. A private interment with family and a military honor guard was conducted at Evergreen Memorial Mausoleum in Everett, Washington, Jan. 9.
Cline was born in Prairie City March 18, 1949, to Lawrence L. Cline and Jean Bernice (Gillette) (Cline) Bowen. He spent his youth growing up in the John Day Valley and graduated from Prairie City High School in 1967. He enjoyed gold panning at his father’s mine, hunting and fishing, was a sports enthusiast and loved playing basketball.
After high school, Cline joined the Navy, being stationed at Lemoore Naval Air Station and then on to serve aboard the USS Enterprise — and was on board Jan. 14, 1969, when a rocket exploded on the deck, killing 27 and injuring 314, Cline being among the injured — and the USS Constellation, with service during Vietnam. After coming home, he was a recruiter for the Navy in Twin Falls, Idaho, and Grants Pass. His last assignment was to Whidbey Island Naval Air Station where he retired after serving 20 years with a rank of chief petty officer. After he retired, he volunteered as a referee for basketball and an umpire for softball leagues. He was an avid golfer, voracious reader and loved playing cards. His last five years, he lived in Arizona, and he and his wife, Laura, loved dancing and traveling in their motor home.
Cline is survived by his wife Laura (Cooley) (Bennett) Cline; his daughters and their husbands Trina and Shane Coe and Heidi and Jeff Haas; son Cody Cline; step-daughters Julie Dubravetz and Janelle and Jason Davis; seven grandchildren; his sisters and their husbands, Carol and Don Sass, Rebecca and Jack Bowles and Theresa and Victor Van Orden; his former wife Shirley (Cartwright) (Cline) Leonard; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Linda (Dubrabvetz) Cline; a brother Kenneth Frankford Cline; and his grandparents Frankford L. and Emily Mae (Martin) Cline and William E. Gillette and (Rose) Mable Stella Florence (Schwarz) Scriven of Prairie City.