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Daniel C. Mugavero
April 20, 1944 ~ January 21, 2024 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Dan Mugavero passed away on January 21, 2024, in Rockford, IL. He was 79 years old.
Dan was born on April 20, 1944, in Port Huron, MI, to Richard Mugavero and Elizabeth Haynes. He was the youngest of four children: two sisters, Mary and Joan and one brother, Richard. He grew up in Port Huron and went on to Michigan State University where he earned an MBA degree. Later he went on to add CPA behind his name.
Dan met his wife, Barbara K. Johnson, when they were both substitute teaching at a hometown high school. They married in Port Huron on August 1, 1970. Dan and Barb spent much of their married life in the upper peninsula of Michigan where they both taught at Michigan Technological University and Lake Superior State University. Dan loved teaching accounting and finance and served as chairman of the Lake Superior State Department of Business for a period of time. He also maintained a small private accounting and tax practice.
In 2006, Dan and Barb retired and moved to Rockford, IL to be nearer to their two sons. In retirement, Dan pursued some other interests. He went through the process to become a fire Chaplain and held that position for several years with the New Milford Fire Department. He also enjoyed setting up and tending to a wildlife feeding and watering station in the backyard. Bunnies, ducks, and even flying squirrels were among the various species that used the facilities. In fact, Dan became known as the “squirrel whisperer” and received a sweatshirt from his kids proclaiming him as such.
Dan loved his family and was much loved in return by his sons, David (Sarah), and their children, Jackson and Avery, as well as his son, Michael (Beth), and their children, Dominic and Gabriel. He is greatly missed by his sister-in-law, Beverly Parker, and of course, by his wife of 53 years, Barbara.
Dan also loved his church, Spring Creek United Church of Christ, and enjoyed being involved in the church’s activities. A memorial gathering will be held for him in the late spring. Memorials can be made to the church or to Leader Dogs for the Blind. Dan’s uncle, Frank Haynes, was blind and was blessed to have one of those canine companions. Dan’s two canine buddies, his grand dogs, Duncan and Yoshi, are missing sharing cookies and belly rubs with him.
The family would like to thank Dr. Sankoran, Dr. Williams, the excellent nursing staff at Swedish American Hospital and Saint Anne’s Place, Pastor David Sheridan, Pastor Lou Bergman, and the many friends and neighbors who have offered prayers, help, and condolences.