Daniel Roger Sali passed away suddenly Saturday, December 22, 2012. Dan was born in Yakima, WA on September 13, 1952 to Tony and Geri Sali. Dan was preceded in death by his father Antone (Tony), brother David, infant sister Shawna, mother-in-law Virginia Wood. Dan is survived by his wife of 40 years Debbie, son Adam Sali (Mandy) and daughter Sara Sali Jeffers (TJ), mother Geri Sali, sister Suzanne Sali Brown, brother Toby Sali, and beloved grandsons Owen Jeffers and Hunter Sali; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, father-in-law Gordon Wood, brothers-in-law and cousins.
Dan graduated from West Valley High School in 1970 and married his high school sweetheart, Debbie Lund in 1972. Dan and Debbie moved to Maple Valley, WA a couple years later where they continued to live and work and raise their awesome children Adam and Sara. Dan worked at Gamblin Motors in Enumclaw as a Finance Manager for 13 years and prior to that at Bothell Brothers in Auburn. He was well known, loved and respected in the auto sales industry. In his early years, Dan and Debbie would travel to Ahtanum/Wiley City area to race his jeep in the Mud Bowl where he won many trophies. Dan was a great car enthusiast (especially NASCAR), BMX bike crew chief for Adam and doting grandfather (papa) to Owen and Hunter. Dan loved traveling with Debbie especially to Ocean Shores and the Oregon coast, enjoyed fishing, making jewelry and loved all animals (dogs to squirrels). He found time to go to Yakima every spring and summer to mow the pasture for his mother and pick up and clean hundreds of pounds of walnuts for her every fall. But most of all Dan loved his family. There could be no better role model for husband, father, son, brother, grandfather, uncle or friend than Dan Sali. He was never without a smile and always had a positive attitude. He was a generous, giving, loving man. He was the 'best' of everything in us all; he will be sorely missed in our family.
Dan's life will be celebrated at a Memorial on Friday, January 4, 2013 @ 2 p.m. at Marlatt Funeral Home in Kent, Washington. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Diabetes Society.
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