Dannie Dale Mairet, 83, of Lee’s Summit, MO. passed away on June 26th, 2023 as a result of complications during his courageous battle with cancer.
Dannie was born in his home on January 11, 1940, to Eunice (McLane) and Paul Arthur Mairet, in Mount Zion, Iowa. One of seven children, Dannie traversed the woods and farms along the shore of the Des Moines River creating adventures along side his younger brother Ronnie. This amazing kinship and spirit of adventure developed into a life-long love for the outdoors while they hunted small game and fished the river and ponds surrounding his home.
He attended Keosauqua High School (Van Buren Co. Iowa) from 1953-1957. Throughout high school Dannie was a strong student and participated in an array of activities. He played tuba in the marching band earning a college scholarship. He excelled in basketball, baseball, and track, earning varsity letters in each. He culminated his senior year by earning the unique distinction of becoming the 1957 Iowa long-jump state champion. Despite this honor, he often shared that his highest achievement in school was earning the love of his wife Alice (Wiley). Alice and Dannie met as children while she visited her grandmother who lived next door to Dannie’s family. He finally gained Alice’s attention, the band’s drum major, during their time participating in the school band.
Shortly after graduation, Dannie departed for Camp Pendleton reporting to bootcamp where he became a U.S. Marine. Prior to his permanent assignment, he briefly returned to Keosauqua and married Alice on February 18, 1959. The newlyweds left their hometown and returned to Camp Pendleton for the duration of their time in the Marine Corps. Dannie and Alice were married for sixty-four blessed years and had four children Tammy, Daniel, Matthew and Mindy.
The Mairets eventually settled in Lee’s Summit. Dannie worked at Western Electric ascending into supervisory roles transitioning to department head and director of quality control through various departments and levels of management. He remained a company admin until his retirement in the mid-eighties.
Dannie spent countless hours hunting, fishing, and camping with his beloved family. This love of the outdoors spread through generations as he took his grandchildren along for many hunting and fishing trips. The family took numerous vacations together to Colorado, Tennessee, and Branson. His favorite times were spent with his family.
He established himself equally well within the community and church selflessly serving others and community organizations. It was common to find him at a neighbors’ helping with projects, serving at church, or coaching youth sports where he shared his competitive passion.
With equal parts tenderness and toughness, Dannie made sure to raise a close loving family deeply rooted in Christianity and reverence for the Lord. Every aspect of his life and influence was guided by the Christian principles he tightly wove into being a man of God.
He is survived by his wife Alice Mairet, children Tammy and Gregg Perkins, Daniel Mairet, Matthew and Leilani Mairet, Lou and Mindy Garcia. Grandchildren Scott Perkins, Bradley Perkins, Brenden Mairet, Makayla Mairet, Hunter Mairet, Zander Mairet, Levi Mairet, Alaina Garcia, Alyssa Garcia, Abby Garcia. great-grandchildren Caden Perkins, Brinley Perkins, Gabriel Cuevas-Sepulveda , Micah Cuevas-Sepulveda, Leila Mairet.
Arrangements by Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd Street, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063