Daniel Lee Underdal, 46, of Seattle, Wash. And formerly of Big Sandy, died Wednesday, May 21, 2008, after a 10-year fight with kidney disease and related complications.
His funeral service will be held 2 p. m. Monday, June 2, 2008, at the Big Sandy High School with burial to follow at the Big Sandy Cemetery with his mother and father, Gertrude Ophus Jenkins Underdal and Selmer Odin Underdal. Memorial contributions in Daniel’s honor may be directed to the Underdal Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Wells Fargo Bank, P.O. Box 278, Big Sandy, MT 59520. Services and arrangements have been entrusted to Holland & Bonine Funeral Home. Dan had been employed at the Seattle offices of Perkins Cole law firms as a computer service technician. Growing up in Big Sandy, Dan enjoyed reading, listening to music and riding motorcycles. During his high school years, the speech and drama team provided his most enjoyable learning experiences. He graduated from Big Sandy High School in 1979. After earning a vocationaltechnical degree in automotive mechanics in Helena, he returned to Big Sandy to work on the family farm. During this time he also played throughout north-central Montana with the band Slick Trick. He returned to school while he was working and graduated from the University of Washington earning a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts in 1995. In his later years in the Seattle area Dan enjoyed whitewater rafting, dirt bike riding, photography and rooting for the Dallas Cowboys football team. Daniel is survived by his son, Andrew Craig of Kent, Wash. He is also survived by his brothers, Loren (Eldonna) Jenkins of Big Sandy and Kelly (Carrie) Jenkins of Champaign, Ill.; sisters, Janet Jenkins Duval of Missoula, Gail Jenkins (Tom) Behan of Seattle, Wash., Terry Jenkins (Steve) Mills of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Jeanine Jenkins (Dan) Roadhouse of Austin, Texas; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. The family extends its gratitude to all for the kindness during this time. Dan’s humor, intelligence and presence will be deeply missed by all.