John Alvan “Jack” McDannel | Passages

Our brother, uncle, friend, brother to all and man of the world, John Alvan “Jack” McDannel, passed away from a stroke on Saturday, April 22, 2017, on Earth Day, a beautiful spring day. Jack lived 69 of the fullest years anybody ever did.

Jack was the first born child of John and Kathleen McDannel. He grew up in Southern California.

Jack served in the Army 101st Airborne in Vietnam. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.

After his service, Jack went off to see the world and make friends, and he never stopped. He called Bozeman, Friday Harbor, Ketchum and Newport Beach home.

Jack was a carpenter, philosopher and student of humanity. He made lifelong friends wherever he lived or traveled. His laugh will never be forgotten by anyone who met him!

Jack is survived by his sister, Maureen McDannel of Paradise, Calif.; brothers Mark (Ellen) McDannel of Capistrano Beach, Calif.; Luke (Renee) McDannel of Huntington Beach, Calif., sister-in-law Consuelo Steinhilber of Fullerton, Calif.; 9 nieces and nephews and 8 grand -nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Matthew.

Jack’s kindness, compassion and understanding of all things touched us in a way we will never forget. His philosophy was to always move onward. So we say Onward Jack and Happy Trails! We love you.

Services are pending, but for now to honor Jack take a hike to your favorite place, think about him and celebrate his life. Memorial gifts and donations can be made in Jack’s name at: Warriors & Quiet Waters Foundation, 1087 Stoneridge Dr., Suite 1 Bozeman, MT 59718 or online at