Mr. Oaks died Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in Gainesville.
William Dannelly “Dan” Oaks was born Dec. 21, 1938, in Crestview, Fla. His family moved to Crawfordville, Fla., shortly after. Dan grew up and lived in Crawfordville until age 18, when he joined the Marines. After a short but successful stint in the military, Dan moved back to Florida and became a Florida State trooper. His charismatic personality and determination led him to a different field altogether, insurance. Dan’s insurance career began in Atlanta, where he met his wife, Barbara Ivester. The happy couple moved to Montgomery, Ala., where Dan and two longtime friends and co-workers began Association Self Insurance Inc. Dan was a leader in the community, his work and within his family.
After many prosperous years in Montgomery, Ala., Dan retired to Crawfordville, Fla., to become an active member of Wakulla County until his last move to Georgia.
Dan was a vibrant, charming man who always saw the best in other people. He resided at Autumn Breeze Assisted Living in Gainesville for the last 19 months. Dan will be greatly missed by friends and family alike.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara I. Oaks of Oakwood; daughter, Misti Sanders (Andrew) of Corpus Christi, Texas; stepson, Jerome Wood (Cindy) of Montgomery, Ala.; sisters, Betty Jo Green of Crawfordville, Fla., and Sally Hirschmann (Jack) of Port Ludlow, Wash.; grandchildren, Morgan and Mason Wood, and Maylon, Hayden and Patton Sanders; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Dan Oaks to: In Touch Ministries, P.O. Box 7900, Atlanta, GA 30537; or to Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Attn; Gold Team, 2050 Limestone Parkway, Suite 222, Gainesville, GA 30501.
Condolences may be sent at hillsidememorialchapel.com.
Arrangements by Hillside Memorial Chapel, Clarkesville.
The Northeast Georgian
August 15, 2012