Gregory John Daschle passed away March 8, 2012, at the Doak Walker Care Center.
Greg was born March 18, 1953, to Betty and Dash Daschle in Aberdeen, S.D. He was the third of four brothers and attended Sacred Heart School and Roncalli High School. He graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1975.
Following his graduation, Greg yearned to travel and lived for 13 years in Missoula, Mont., and Steamboat Springs. In 1991, he moved to Tokyo, Japan, to teach English. Greg later moved to Sapporo, Japan, to continue his teaching career. It was there where he met the love of his life, Junko (Jay) Kinoshita. They were married July 7, 2009, in Steamboat Springs.
Greg was a great admirer of Henry David Thoreau and was inspired by the author and his life of simplicity. Greg loved to write and was completing his first book on lessons of life that he learned while teaching in Japan. His articles have been published on an array of subjects, including life in places where he lived.
Greg was a self-described “news junkie” and a passionate political observer. A progressive liberal advocate, he followed public affairs and was unabashed in offering his opinions on the issues and political figures of the day. He believed in social justice and environmental protections.
Greg loved to walk and bicycle wherever he went. One of his fondest memories of home was his love of the opportunity the city of Aberdeen afforded him to walk wherever he wanted to go.
Greg treasured his family and his enduring friendships. He loved spending time with high school and college friends and the close friends he made in Japan. He felt a deep sense of loyalty to each of them. He will be deeply missed for many reasons, including his warm kindness, good counsel and creativity.
In 2009, he was diagnosed with a glioblastoma brain tumor. He was treated at Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C., and continued treatments here at Yampa Valley Medical Center.
Greg is survived by his wife; his mother; his three brothers, Tom, Dave, and Steve Daschle; three sisters-in-law; seven nieces and nephews; and four grandnephews and nieces.
Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p.m. March 18, 2012, in the Primrose Room at the Doak Walker Care Center. Family and friends are invited to attend. There will be another service April 1 in Greg’s hometown of Aberdeen, S.D.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley (Doak Walker Care Center), P.O. Box 883415, Steamboat Springs, CO 80488, or to The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University, P.O. Box 3624, Durham, NC 27710.