Adler, Daniel

Daniel (Dan) Lee Adler

July 11, 1948 - April 30, 2022

Dan, 74, of McKinney, Texas, died Saturday, April 30, 2022 with his family by his side.

He was born on July 11, 1948 in St. Louis, Missouri. His early adult life was one of responsibility after his father became disabled by a heart attack. Dan found himself struggling to support the family until finances improved.

Dan met his wife, Carol Clark, in St. Louis on a blind date. They hit it off immediately, culminating in a marriage that lasted over 48 years. Carol had a young daughter, Kathleen, whom he soon adopted. Dan was the father Kathleen always wanted.

The family moved to Boca Raton, Florida, where they became involved with horses. A co-worker offered a “free” horse if Dan would feed and care for it. The horse was given to Kathleen, and soon Dan wanted one of his own. Although we became “horse poor” those were the best years of our life. Dan and Kathleen were riding buddies, spending nearly every day together. Their shared passion led them to becoming the best of friends – a special relationship that was more like a sibling than parent.

The next adventure was moving to Hazel Green, Alabama. Buying a mobile home and 7 acres of land meant the horses had plenty of room to run. It was heaven on earth for all; horses, people, dogs, opossums, deer, barn cats and fireflies.

When our daughter died of Lupus, the world turned dark. Just when it looked like life would never get better, an offer of a job working on the island of Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands came through. Suddenly, we were going to become island people.

We signed up for two years and stayed 17. Dan discovered a talent for writing and eventually became manager of the Army newspaper, the “Hourglass”. He also ran the local TV station which began with 2 stations and expanded to 8. Dan built friendships that lasted the rest of his life. He will always be part of the “Kwajalein” family.

While on Kwajalein, we had the opportunity to travel the world. Standing on the beaches of Normandy where D-Day took place was one of the most moving experiences he ever had. Dan never forgot to be grateful for all the good things in his life.

Dan was preceded in death by his mother, father, and daughter. He is survived by his brothers, Michael Adler (Linda), Jim Adler (Kim); his nieces, Alyson and Taylor; and nephews, Gregory and Nicholas.

He will be interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in Poplar Bluff, Missouri next to his daughter, Kathleen.

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Carol, I was so sorry to hear of Dan's passing. He was a friend to all on Kwaj and I was glad to know you both there. Joan (formerly Riggs) Joan Miller, May 17, 2022 I was truly sorry to hear of Dan's passing. He was a great guy with a sense of humor that was pure Dan. I was friends with him when I worked at the AFN radio/TV station on Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands and he worked downstairs at the Hourglass base newspaper. We remained friends on Facebook afterword. We talked about everything from how crazy the world is becoming to traveling. He often commented on my road trip pictures because he loved traveling as much as I did. He will be missed. My condolences. Rich Feagler, May 11, 2022 My sincere condolences to Carol. I loved working with Dan on the Hourglass photo spread for each year’s senior class. His patience and humor were always appreciated. Rest In Peace, Dan! Barb Bicanich, May 11, 2022 Dan was a great man and a good friend we spent many years working on Kwajalein together and he will be greatly missed. RIP Brother. D. Darin and Carla Warren, May 10, 2022 So sorry to hear about Dan's passing. Always fun to share time with Carol and Dan. So nice to hear of your life before Kwaj, but loved you both on Kwaj. Cindy Brewer, May 9, 2022 I am so sad to hear of Dan's passing. He was always a great one to strike up a conversation and he always did a great job with The Hourglass. My heartfelt condolences to all Dan's family and friends. My you rest in peace. Shelley Easter, May 9, 2022 I'm saddened by Dan's passing but will always remember the Kwaj years. Jamie Rowe, May 9, 2022