STEVENSVILLE – Daniel James Cavanaugh, 92, of Stevensville, passed away Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at the Missoula Health and Rehab. He was born Oct. 7, 1922, in Glendive, the son of Dominik and Virginia (Schumacher) Cavanaugh.
After graduated from high school in Glendive, Dan attended Montana State University in Bozeman. He then enlisted in to the U.S. Marine Corps and served for two years. Dan then enlisted into the U.S. Army in 1943 and served until his honorable discharge in 1946.
After his discharge, Dan attended the University of Chicago and earned his PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. He was a professor at the University of Alabama and Tulane University where he also did research work. Later Dan worked as a Biochemist in Edgewood, Maryland, and also worked at IBM in Rockville, Maryland.
Dan married Dorothy Dean Mead on Aug. 4, 1962, and together they had 1 daughter, Gael. He developed a fondness for speed and started driving race cars. One of his favorites was the Volvo P1800. Dan was a member of the Sports Car Club of America.
After working at IBM, Dan became a freelance photographer. He loved taking photos of kids, animals, plants, and anything natural.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Dee M. Cavanaugh. He is survived by his daughter, Gael Marie Page and husband Todd; two granddaughters, Holly Ann McVey and her significant other, James Kellough and Heather Marie McVey Rodriguez and husband Frankie Rodriguez; five great-grandchildren, Brice Anthony McVey, Sebastian Lee McVey, Brandi Twardowski-Rodriguez, Ciaira Montana Rodriguez and Paytyn Mercedeez Rodriguez all of Missoula; and four nephews, Sean Cavanaugh and family of Tampa, Florida, Tom Cavanaugh and family of South Carolina, Patrick Cavanaugh and family of Washington, DC and Kevin Cavanaugh and family of Texas.
No formal services will be held. The family would like to thank the nursing staff at Missoula Health and Rehab and Rocky Mountain Hospice for their kindness and support. Dan was grateful. Condolences may be left for the family at dalyleachchapel.com.