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Daniel J. McClannahan

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Daniel John McClannahan, 61, Des Moines, died unexpectedly Thursday, June 14, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines from heart failure. Funeral services were held Monday, June 18, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Urbandale.

Per his wishes, his body was cremated prior to funeral services.

Memorial contributions may be given to the family to be designated at a later date.

He was born Aug. 9, 1950, to Gene and Joyce McClannahan in Logan. Daniel graduated from West Harrison High School in Mondamin and earned his Bachelor of Science in physical education with a minor in economics from Morningside College in Sioux City. In the summer of 1972, he signed as a free agent for the New England Patriots and later began his long career as a football coach. Daniel was an assistant football coach for Morningside College and then for Washington High School in Cherokee. Daniel found his home at Humboldt High School, where he became the head coach and taught for 20 years. In 1999, he moved to Des Moines, where he became the athletic director for Hoover High School. In 2010, Daniel began his new endeavor as the Wellness Center coordinator for Des Moines Public Schools.

Daniel had an ambitious and distinguished career. He took his teams to the Iowa High School 3A Football Playoffs six times and won the North Central Conference three times. He was a current member of the Iowa Football Coaches Association Board of Directors, former president of the Iowa Football Coaches Association, assistant and head coach for the Iowa Shrine Bowl in 1991 and 1997, and current board member of the Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association. In 1998, Daniel was inducted into the Iowa Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame and received the Distinguished Service Award for the Iowa Football Coaches Association in 2010.

Daniel will be remembered for his life off the field as well. He enjoyed teaching social studies and spending time with his family at the lake. Daniel was a member of the United Methodist Church, currently attending Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Urbandale. He was a self-motivated and dedicated man to his profession, his faith and his family.

Daniel is survived by his wife of 39 years, Barbara; children, Megan (James) Abens and Andrew (Ana) McClannahan; grandchildren, Alexander, Dalia, Adeline, Elizabeth and Manny; parents, Gene and Joyce McClannahan; brother, Don (Pam) McClannahan; sisters, Gleean (Don) Coates and Gena (Kevin) Gwin; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of other family and beloved friends.

Arrangements by Hamilton's on Westown Parkway in West Des Moines.

Online condolences may be left at www.hamiltonsfuneralhome.com.