In loving memory of Danny McCarty: 1956-2021

Danny “Deacon Dan” McCarty of Bend, Ore., After an eight-year battle with bladder cancer, went to Heaven surrounded by his family on October 10, 2021.

He was born on August 19, 1956 in Delano, California, to the Reverend John and Alice (Riggins) McCarty. He grew up in California, Oregon and Idaho. Danny proclaimed himself and his brother claimed to be “mum’s favorite”. He spent four years at Timberline High School in Weippe, Idaho, where he graduated in 1974. Danny has remained friends with many of his classmates.

He met the love of his life at age 13 and married her on October 25, 1975. Danny and Donita (Long) were married for 46 years. On November 27, 1976, they happily welcomed a son, Daniel Aaron, and on June 23, 1980, they completed their family with the birth of their daughter Deena D’Neah.

Danny started in the lumber industry at the age of 14 with the Forest Service. He built his career working for Gene Swift Logging and Craftwall Homes for nine years. He was also an extremely skilled loader operator. Prior to retiring, Danny worked for Jim Hoffman at Hoffman Logging and Cedar Products as a loader operator and millwright for 25 years. In those 25 years, Jim went from being Danny’s boss to one of his closest friends. While working at Hoffman’s, Danny was featured in Loggers World magazine.

Whatever Danny did, he did it with all his heart. Whether gardening, fishing, singing, playing instruments (guitar, mandolin and drums), hunting, loving your family, taking care of farm animals and your donkey Zeke , of his fish and birds, to work with wood, to sculpt or to invent something astonishing from nothing, he gave everything. Danny had a lot of things he was passionate about, but when he dedicated his life to Jesus on Remembrance Day 2006, reaching out to others for Christ became his number one priority. He often used the phrase “preach the gospel, use words if necessary,” and that is exactly what he did. He lived a life that said Jesus everywhere but rarely had to say a word. However, when he did, it was pure, kind, gentle, and full of wisdom. Danny and Donita had a heart for young people and were youth leaders at New Harvest Church in Pe Ell, Washington for five years.

They moved to Bend, Oregon on September 1, 2013 to live near their children and grandchildren (he and his children all have homes that share 10 acres). December 31, 2013. He decided to fight and has the boy already done it! It has been eight years that we will never take for granted.

In his later years, Danny found great focus as a “farm manager” and resident handyman. He’s helped out with all of his family’s crazy ideas, from craft projects to home renovations to building an entire store. He was quite offended if they didn’t ask for his expert help, so jobs were created until the end so that Danny knew he was needed. There isn’t a place his family sees every day that Danny hasn’t touched with his own strong, gentle hands.

Danny is predeceased by his father the Reverend John McCarty, his mother Alice (Riggins) McCarty, his stepfather Harold (Doc) Long, his sister Victoria, his nephew Robbie Stamper, his brother in law Rob Thornton and his niece Jennifer Brink and her fiancé Jeff Nelson.

He is survived by his wife Donita (Long) McCarty; son Daniel (wife Erica, children Cassie and Maddie); daughter Deena (husband Jason, children Ava and Tate). He left behind seven siblings Pat (Sandi), Mike (Lou), Debbie (Bob), Tim, Alan, Becky (Vern) and Dale (Cora). Also her stepmother Barb Long; brothers-in-law Wayne Long and Doug Long; sister-in-law Kathy Brink (Ed); and several nieces, nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews, and his bonus daughters Jammie and Faith.

In lieu of flowers, please find the “Danny McCarty… continued” Facebook page to donate to a cause Danny was passionate about, and to learn more about his history and commemorative information.

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