Joseph Daniel McNally ’54 was born on June 15, 1931, in Tacoma, Washington. He graduated from Bellarmine Preparatory and SCU with a chemistry degree, served in the Army before marrying Patricia Masonic, and graduated from the University of Washington Dental School, where he became a longtime Husky fan. He subsequently opened a family dental practice in Tacoma, later specializing in endodontics. Dan and Pat raised six children, Mike (Linda) McNally, Kathy (Paul) Elkins, Colleen (Andrew) McDougall, Susan (Tim) Jones, Bill (Laura) McNally, and Jeff (Cindy) McNally. His adored grandchildren are Jenny Koppel, Brice Erxleben, Colleen Lind, Ann Thigpen, Kelsey and Courtney McDougall, Travis and Max Jones, and Nathan, Joshua, Lukas, Mariah, and James McNally. He was blessed to have eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Dan was an active leader in the Dental profession, serving as president of the Pierce County Dental Association and the Washington State Dental Association, and vice president of Delta Dental Plans Association. Dan also held leadership roles with Bellarmine Prep, St. Charles Borromeo Church, the town of Fircrest, and Fircrest Golf Club. He and Pat were facilitators for Pacific Institute and enjoyed weekends teaching others the power of affirmations and positive mindsets. In the 80s, Dan rehabilitated buildings on Tacoma’s Pacific Avenue. His adventures included becoming a private pilot, climbing Mount Rainier, performing dental work on Ivan the Gorilla, spending summers in Tokeland, taking hunting trips in Twisp, and enjoying Saturdays at Husky Stadium and wonderful family hiking, skiing, and boating trips. Dan passed from complications of vascular dementia on Sept. 1, 2019. He was preceded in death by Patricia in 1992, then found love again with his second wife, Gerri (Filkins) McNally, who passed in 2018. They enjoyed happy retirement years with travel, family, and golf. He gained a new stepdaughter, Sally Ouhl, and stepson Rick (Diana) Filkins, along with grandchildren Tryce and Sydney Ouhl.

02 Dec 2019