Daniel E. Drake, 86, died Feb. 5, 2009 in Phoenix, after an extended battle with emphysema.
He was born April 23, 1922 in Los Angeles, Calif. and attended the California Maritime Academy, then in San Francisco.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he served as first mate in the Merchant Marines on ships running the Pacific mail.
After the war, he moved to Wickenburg where he worked at a guest ranch in the heyday of that vacation venue. He met his future wife there, who worked at a neighboring ranch. He married in Wickenburg, and soon took a job with Arizona Public Service. APS moved him to Phoenix and then to Yuma, where he lived for 40 years. After he retired, Mr. Drake spent the summers in Durango, Colo.
After his wife retired, the Drakes moved to Payson in 1995. In 2006 they returned to Phoenix.
Mr. Drake was a creative person, never happier than when puttering in his woodshop. He helped to build a church, helped friends and relatives with remodeling projects, and built beautiful furniture. He also created award-winning works of art in several types of media.
He is survived by his wife, Alma (“Mike”); daughters, Rita and Mary Kay; grandchildren, Tyson Drake Rhodes and Terry Renee Ayers; and two great-grandsons, Brenden and Bryce Ayers.
He requested that there be no services.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice or Hospice of the Valley.
Arrangements were made through the Neptune Society.