Daniel Gene Atkins was born in Goldendale, Washington on April 22, 1962 to Jerri (Kennemore) and Dick Atkins. As a young man, he started working during the summers for local farmers in the hay fields and building fences. He later worked for Klickitat County Grain Growers and for Sundial Marine building barges. Mr. Atkins had been with his life partner, Lisa Lanning, since 2000 and they were married at Maryhill church on June 26, 2004.
Daniel loved tinkering with cars, barbequeing and hunting and fishing.
He passed away at the age of 51 at his home in Goldendale on October 22, 2013.
He is survived by his wife Lisa; children David, Jason, Michael, Jeff and Heather; parents Dick and Jerri Atkins; sisters Donna (Ken) Scarola and their children Mary (Traig) Myra, Seth (Rebekah) Scarola, and Jared (Avery) Scarola, and Deborah (Todd) Foley; and lots of nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held Sunday, October 27 at Centerville Community Church. Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel handled cremation arrangements.