For some, Dr. Kelvin Danielson was simply the man who took x-rays of their sprained ankles and broken arms, but to those who knew him, Danielson was a skilled technician, a good friend and somebody who will be sorely missed.
Danielson, 54, died Dec. 24, 2004 at his vacation home in Telluride, Colo, from a heart attack while shoveling snow.
"There are some people who are okay and there are some people who are special," Dr. Robert Cuthbertson, a co-worker, said. "This man was special. He is going to be so missed."
According to Danielson's co-workers and friends, the husband and father of two, was in good health.
Born Feb. 3, 1950 in Fargo, N.D., Danielson was raised in Coup, Minn., where he graduated from high school. He attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1972; later he received a master's degree from Colorado State University
A graduate of the Mayo Medical School and a Fellow of the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center in Tucson, Danielson served as the Payson Regional Medical Center's radiologist where he oversaw the reading and interpretation of X-rays, Cory Houghton, director of marketing, said.
Danielson received training in diagnostic radiology at Presbyterian-St Luke's Medical Center in Denver, Colo. and served his residency at UA.
Co-workers at the Payson Regional Medical Center, where he had worked since Aug. 2000, said he would be greatly missed.
A statement released by the medical center said Danielson was "a compassionate professional whose colleagues described him as a Michelangelo; his interest in people was sincere and warm."
"He was a fantastic doctor ... so accurate in all of his interpretations, so correct, so generous with his time, it was a real loss," said Cuthbertson. "He was just so good, we won't find anybody like that again for a long time, if ever."
Danielson is survived by his wife, Allyson; his two sons, Tyler and Bryce; his parents, Henry and Marie Danielson; a brother, Kim Danielson; and two sisters, Galyn Ugland and Trona Miller.
A memorial service was held at Korsmo Funeral Home Thursday Dec. 30 in Moorhead, Minn.