Daniel Charles Studach passed away on April 4, 2019 with his loving family by his side. Dan was born in Portland, Oregon on March 12, 1948. He grew up in Corvallis, Oregon with his parents Leo and Iona (Onie) Studach and sister Diane until his sophomore year of high school when his parents relocated to Hansville and bought the Point No Point Resort.
After graduation from North Kitsap High School in 1966, Dan was drafted and served honorably in the United States Coast Guard. He worked on tugboats in Alaska for several years and retired as a captain from the Washington State Ferries after 31 years (too long).
Dan was known for his sense of humor, love of fishing and hunting, and a strong work ethic. He was always willing to help his friends and family or just provide a good, hearty laugh. When he met anyone, it was like he was talking to an old friend. As a man he knew the water and the woods. As a father he instilled in his children a love of the outdoors and exploring the world, both through reading and traveling. His children and grandchildren were the pride and joy of his life, and he was the best grandpa. He helped teach his grandchildren to be good and compassionate humans.
Dan and Diana were together over 10 wonderful years, spending time with family and friends, traveling in their trailer and enjoying their boat. One of the highlights of their travel was making a trip to Europe, including taking an adventure on a barge in France.
He is survived by his wife Diana, children Leah (Rob) Collison of Gibsons, British Columbia, Ryan (Hilary) Storey of Bothell, Leo (Mike) Studach of Renton and Josiann Studach of Poulsbo and grandchildren Noah, Alexis, Alex, Hudson, Charlie, Bella and Greyson. Dan is also survived by his sisters Diane Studach of San Tan Valley, Arizona, Barbara (Tom) Stevens of Stockton, California, and Kathi (Ernie) Tharaldson of Graceville, Minnesota and Aunt Marillyn Jones of Hansville and several nieces, nephews and cousins
A celebration of life with Dan’s family and friends will take place at 2:00pm at the Village Green Community Center in Kingston at 26159 Dulay Rd NE on April 20, 2019.
Funeral arrangements through Lewis Funeral Chapel-Poulsbo.
The family would like to thank the ICU staff at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton and North Kitsap Fire and Rescue for all they did to care for Dan. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the North Kitsap Fire and Rescue General Fund at North Kitsap Fire & Rescue, 26642 Miller Bay Road NE, Kingston, WA 98346.