Daniel George Papp Sr. — “Sonbones” — passed away on March 31, 2019. Dan was born on Feb. 6, 1940, to Violet Hudson and Daniel Papp. He was the oldest of eight children. He was a proud member of the Quinault Indian Nation and proud of his Alaska native heritage.
Dan was raised in Taholah, Washington, graduating from Moclips High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the Navy. Dan married Catherine Masten, residing together in California after he served his time in the Navy, so he could attend electronics school. Dan and Catherine returned home to Taholah with two sons, with their third son joining their family soon after. Dan was employed in the local saw mills and then worked for the Quinault Indian Nation, retiring in 1996 as the Clinic Facility Manager for the Roger Saux Health Clinic. He then worked at the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino as a dealer, retiring a second time, so he could spend time watching his granddaughter play basketball.
Dan loved sports and loved to coach. He coached middle school basketball in Taholah. He was proud to be able to help coach all three of his sons, especially when his sons played together at North Beach High School. When he was no longer coaching or helping to coach, he could be found working with the local kids, teaching them the jump shot. After his sons were out of high school, he would often attend sporting events to watch his granddaughters, nieces, nephews and local youth play. Dan also loved golf, golfing with his boys since they were young and up until he could no longer golf. As long as can be remembered, Dan could be found on the local golf courses or traveling the tribal golf tournament circuit. Dan also enjoyed plunking at Chow Chow, smoking and sharing the fish that he caught.
Dan will be remembered for his infectious laugh. He had a great sense of humor and you always knew by his laugh, when he was in the room. He will also be remembered for his generosity. For holidays or special occasions, Dan would go above and beyond to show his love through his gift giving.
Dan is survived by his sons Daniel Papp Jr. and Nelson (Mary) Papp, daughter-in-law Karen Papp; his grandchildren Tashea Papp, Krissa Berys, Kamimi Papp, David Papp, Jeremy and Samuel Brougher; and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters Dolly Papp, Judith Ann Edwards, his brother Joseph Kintanar, and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his companion, Loretta Case.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Catherine Papp, sons Kevin, Gary, Larry and David Papp, his great grandson Messiah Berys, his sisters Marjorie Valdillez and Candace Kintanar, and his brothers Alfred Basa and Gary Kintanar.
Per his wishes, Dan has been cremated and will be placed with his wife and sons at Sunset Cemetery. He also asked that family and friends have a dinner to share memories. A dinner will be held on April 10, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. at the Community Center in Taholah, Washington.
The family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers.