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Death separates us, but it also brings us together. In his lifetime, Dan Field brought together many people. As a father, he was a loving, strong influence on his children Noel and Erin Field, Tim and David Pletke. As a husband, he was a loving companion to Paulette for almost 20 years and Catherine Field prior to that. Through his distinguished 37-year career with Johnson County Parks and Recreation, culminated by 13 years as Chief of Park Police, he touched dozens of lives with unreserved compassion. His career was motivated by his desire to “take care of people.” Not only did he lead, serve, and protect with distinction, he was a teacher at heart. Every fall, Dan performed as Jacque in Heritage History Lab, a program he was proud to have created. Among his many awards, he received Distinguished Interpreter Award from the National Association of Interpretation. He held a Master of Public Administration and was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Family meant everything to him. He was unflinchingly loyal to his siblings Margie Smallfield, Catherine Williams, and David Field (brother and fishing partner). He adored his grandchildren Aidan, James, Linelena, and Brenden. On September 3, Dan died of a hemorrhagic stroke. He was 68 years old. A celebration of his life will be announced shortly. Please look forward to remembering a great friend, a great man. He will be missed.