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To put it simply, Dan Rideout was the greatest man that ever lived. I’m not saying that to exaggerate or to brag, but because it is true. Whatever my dad did, it was for the good of his family or for his friends. He put others before himself, by serving his country in the United States Marines or, for example, by coming home from 14 hours of tiring work to join us at a concert. He loved to spend time with us and was always willing to be with us no matter what. Everything was pushed aside when we wanted to have fun or to do something with him. I remember he wanted to book a trip to California right after he got out of the hospital as a gift to my brother and I for completing school. Our trips to California were always the best. We always had this routine where we would go to the same hotel and every morning my dad would take us to the MCX to check out some stuff they had there and buy some toys or sports equipment. Then we would go to the beach and spend the rest of the day there and eat and enjoy our time together and it was the greatest time. Another thing my dad did was teach me everything I know. Ever since he passed, every act I do, I recognize how my dad taught me his way to do it and how his way was the right way. Everything from the way I mow the lawn, wash the cars, or shave were things that he taught me how do. He used to say these phrases all the time like, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” or, “Early is on time and on time is late.” These simple phrases were fun to say and actually had a meaning behind them and I still use these lessons in these phrases that he taught me. I remember when we used to watch football together, mostly Patriots games, and how he would get so mad at the team for doing a stupid play. To me, it was really funny to watch these grown men make a stupid mistake and to watch my dad nonstop criticize the players. He even ended up throwing pillows around because he got so angry at them. But at the very end of the game, he would always say, “Watch this, now they are going to start playing really good and turn this game around like they always do.” Then the team would win the game and he would be really happy even though a few minutes ago he was screaming at the players. Another funny thing he used to do was pretend he had a booger or something gross on his finger and threaten to put it on me. I ended up getting up and running away from him all throughout the house, but somehow he always caught me and would just tickle me instead. I just started to realize the impact he had on my life and the lives of many other. I wish I had realized it sooner. But one thing I can say for sure is that I am proud to be his son and I am proud of my dad for everything he has done in his life.

Family will greet friends for a visitation from 4-6pm on Friday, August 16 at San Tan Mountain View Funeral Home in Queen Creek, AZ, followed by a funeral service at 11:30am on Saturday, August 17 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Queen Creek, AZ.

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  1. Randy Gunzer says:

    So well written and truly out of love. Your dad really was the best and I am also a better man for having known him. Prayers of comfort and love during this hard time.

  2. Linda Rideout says:

    That was a beautiful remembrance of my brother, Ian. I’m sure that every day, we will all remember different ways that he touched our lives. So many that there won’t be enough words to write all of the stories! Thank you for being so brave to share this at such a difficult time. Your dad is always proud of you! I love you all as I love him! Tia Linda

  3. Luke Tetschner says:

    The world definitely needs more Dan Rideout’s. He was an extremely hard worker with an abnormal amount of pain tolerance. He would do a round of Chemo on Wednesday evening, vomit all weekend and still be early to work on Monday. He did this for years. Most people around him didn’t even know that he had severe cancer, because he never let it get him down. He was always happy, smiling and joking, even though deep inside he was worried sick about how he could provide for his family if someday he wasn’t around. Dan and I spoke about what he wanted his legacy in life, what he really wanted to be remembered for, but Dan remained certain that he was going to beat this cancer and remembering his legacy would only mean that he was giving up the fight. Even though his battle ended too soon, I realize that a quote Dan would frequently use defines his legacy.

    “You got to make the most with the hand that you were dealt.”

    The world misses you already., Dan. Thankfully, you showed your children what it means to put others before yourself, and they will grow up to be as great as you were. I am certain.

  4. Rick and Cathy Ocana says:

    I had the pleasure to meet Daniel and in that short periodi wish i had more moments to share with him. But let me tell you that you dnt need years of knowing someone to know by their caracter the type of person they are,, and i must say that Daniel was an amazing person!!! He will be missed but his journey tought me not to ever give up,,, God give the strongest battles to his strongest fighters,, and he indeed was the strongest i have ever met!!! My condolences to his family and loved ones. (Rick and Cathy )

  5. Chris Pezzano says:

    Hi Linda it’s Chris Pezzano trying to get in touch with u or family please call me 6179701098

  6. Chris Pezzano says:

    So sad to hear about my childhood friend danny best friends since elementary school I knew he would be a great dad and husband lost contact throughout the yrs letting family know if I could ask god for anything I would ask him to please watch over my friend Danny and his family god bless

  7. The Varas family says:

    Dan, our friend. How much fun we had together. We all remember your smile and your contagious sense of humor and you by far were the light of many parties we shared together.
    Your departure was only in body your spirit is still here among us and we will always remember you under a special light.

  8. Jissela y Tony Fohey says:

    Ohh mi querida y adorada Luz, nuestro corazón esta muy triste con esta noticia. Todavia no lo puedo creer! :'(
    Al leer las palabras tan bellas de tu hijo, lagrimas y carcajadas no faltarón al leerlo, es oviamente q Daniel no cambió mucho con los años. Jajaja y nos agrada muchisimo. Tienes dos hijos exceptionales.
    Tony y yo estavamos recordando nuestras bodas y las tonterias q Tony y Daniel compartierón en ese momento. He was the Best!!!? “Best men” Tony and I could ever imagine. We were also remembering and laughing about how Daniel “El pelón” loves to say and brag that my son Daniel was his, just because we choose to name our son “Daniel” too. hahaha ?
    Mi querida amiga de la distancia y de los tiempos, dejame decirle q fue un honor haver conocido a Daniel! What a great Marine one of the best. BEST MAN ever…Hoorah!!!!
    Please shoot me a message. Now more than ever, we can not allowed to lose touch. Te quiero mucho. Un abrazo a los muchachos a la distancia. Oxoxo ?

  9. Brian Hogan says:

    I’m so shocked and saddened by the news of Dan’s passing. He was one of my best friends growing up, and even though we fell out of touch over the years, I will always remember him as a great guy with the best sense of humor that would keep everyone laughing. Getting pizzas at the Cape Cod Cafe or hanging out with friends at the house we rented in West Bridgewater, he was always so easy to get along with.

    To Dan’s family, please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. He was one of the good guys.

  10. Brendan Hallisey says:

    It is hard to grasp that Dan was taken so soon. Dan and I knew each other since junior high school but ended up becoming good friends during high school and after. His sense of humor was incredibly unique and will never be forgotten. We lost touch after he moved out west but the great memories will always be there.

    My sympathies go out to John, Carmie, Luz and the entire Rideout family.

  11. Tom Wiegand says:

    Semper Fi Brother .RIP my friend. Dan was one of my recruiters back in the day and he always had that smile.The world has lost another great man , but heaven has gained another Marine to guard those gates.

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To put it simply, Dan Rideout was the greatest man that ever lived. I’m not saying that to exaggerate or to brag, but because it is true. Whatever my dad did, it was for the good of his family or for his friends. He put others before himself, by serving his country in the United States Marines or, for example, by coming home from 14 hours of tiring work to join us at a concert. He loved to spend time with us and was always willing to be with us no matter what. Everything was pushed aside when we wanted to have fun or to do something with him. I remember he wanted to book a trip to California right after he got out of the hospital as a gift to my brother and I for completing school. Our trips to California were always the best. We always had this routine where we would go to the same hotel and every morning my dad would take us to the MCX to check out some stuff they had there and buy some toys or sports equipment. Then we would go to the beach and spend the rest of the day there and eat and enjoy our time together and it was the greatest time. Another thing my dad did was teach me everything I know. Ever since he passed, every act I do, I recognize how my dad taught me his way to do it and how his way was the right way. Everything from the way I mow the lawn, wash the cars, or shave were things that he taught me how do. He used to say these phrases all the time like, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” or, “Early is on time and on time is late.” These simple phrases were fun to say and actually had a meaning behind them and I still use these lessons in these phrases that he taught me. I remember when we used to watch football together, mostly Patriots games, and how he would get so mad at the team for doing a stupid play. To me, it was really funny to watch these grown men make a stupid mistake and to watch my dad nonstop criticize the players. He even ended up throwing pillows around because he got so angry at them. But at the very end of the game, he would always say, “Watch this, now they are going to start playing really good and turn this game around like they always do.” Then the team would win the game and he would be really happy even though a few minutes ago he was screaming at the players. Another funny thing he used to do was pretend he had a booger or something gross on his finger and threaten to put it on me. I ended up getting up and running away from him all throughout the house, but somehow he always caught me and would just tickle me instead. I just started to realize the impact he had on my life and the lives of many other. I wish I had realized it sooner. But one thing I can say for sure is that I am proud to be his son and I am proud of my dad for everything he has done in his life.

Family will greet friends for a visitation from 4-6pm on Friday, August 16 at San Tan Mountain View Funeral Home in Queen Creek, AZ, followed by a funeral service at 11:30am on Saturday, August 17 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Queen Creek, AZ.

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11 responses to “Daniel Rideout”

  1. Randy Gunzer says:

    So well written and truly out of love. Your dad really was the best and I am also a better man for having known him. Prayers of comfort and love during this hard time.

  2. Linda Rideout says:

    That was a beautiful remembrance of my brother, Ian. I’m sure that every day, we will all remember different ways that he touched our lives. So many that there won’t be enough words to write all of the stories! Thank you for being so brave to share this at such a difficult time. Your dad is always proud of you! I love you all as I love him! Tia Linda

  3. Luke Tetschner says:

    The world definitely needs more Dan Rideout’s. He was an extremely hard worker with an abnormal amount of pain tolerance. He would do a round of Chemo on Wednesday evening, vomit all weekend and still be early to work on Monday. He did this for years. Most people around him didn’t even know that he had severe cancer, because he never let it get him down. He was always happy, smiling and joking, even though deep inside he was worried sick about how he could provide for his family if someday he wasn’t around. Dan and I spoke about what he wanted his legacy in life, what he really wanted to be remembered for, but Dan remained certain that he was going to beat this cancer and remembering his legacy would only mean that he was giving up the fight. Even though his battle ended too soon, I realize that a quote Dan would frequently use defines his legacy.

    “You got to make the most with the hand that you were dealt.”

    The world misses you already., Dan. Thankfully, you showed your children what it means to put others before yourself, and they will grow up to be as great as you were. I am certain.

  4. Rick and Cathy Ocana says:

    I had the pleasure to meet Daniel and in that short periodi wish i had more moments to share with him. But let me tell you that you dnt need years of knowing someone to know by their caracter the type of person they are,, and i must say that Daniel was an amazing person!!! He will be missed but his journey tought me not to ever give up,,, God give the strongest battles to his strongest fighters,, and he indeed was the strongest i have ever met!!! My condolences to his family and loved ones. (Rick and Cathy )

  5. Chris Pezzano says:

    Hi Linda it’s Chris Pezzano trying to get in touch with u or family please call me 6179701098

  6. Chris Pezzano says:

    So sad to hear about my childhood friend danny best friends since elementary school I knew he would be a great dad and husband lost contact throughout the yrs letting family know if I could ask god for anything I would ask him to please watch over my friend Danny and his family god bless

  7. The Varas family says:

    Dan, our friend. How much fun we had together. We all remember your smile and your contagious sense of humor and you by far were the light of many parties we shared together.
    Your departure was only in body your spirit is still here among us and we will always remember you under a special light.

  8. Jissela y Tony Fohey says:

    Ohh mi querida y adorada Luz, nuestro corazón esta muy triste con esta noticia. Todavia no lo puedo creer! :'(
    Al leer las palabras tan bellas de tu hijo, lagrimas y carcajadas no faltarón al leerlo, es oviamente q Daniel no cambió mucho con los años. Jajaja y nos agrada muchisimo. Tienes dos hijos exceptionales.
    Tony y yo estavamos recordando nuestras bodas y las tonterias q Tony y Daniel compartierón en ese momento. He was the Best!!!? “Best men” Tony and I could ever imagine. We were also remembering and laughing about how Daniel “El pelón” loves to say and brag that my son Daniel was his, just because we choose to name our son “Daniel” too. hahaha ?
    Mi querida amiga de la distancia y de los tiempos, dejame decirle q fue un honor haver conocido a Daniel! What a great Marine one of the best. BEST MAN ever…Hoorah!!!!
    Please shoot me a message. Now more than ever, we can not allowed to lose touch. Te quiero mucho. Un abrazo a los muchachos a la distancia. Oxoxo ?

  9. Brian Hogan says:

    I’m so shocked and saddened by the news of Dan’s passing. He was one of my best friends growing up, and even though we fell out of touch over the years, I will always remember him as a great guy with the best sense of humor that would keep everyone laughing. Getting pizzas at the Cape Cod Cafe or hanging out with friends at the house we rented in West Bridgewater, he was always so easy to get along with.

    To Dan’s family, please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. He was one of the good guys.

  10. Brendan Hallisey says:

    It is hard to grasp that Dan was taken so soon. Dan and I knew each other since junior high school but ended up becoming good friends during high school and after. His sense of humor was incredibly unique and will never be forgotten. We lost touch after he moved out west but the great memories will always be there.

    My sympathies go out to John, Carmie, Luz and the entire Rideout family.

  11. Tom Wiegand says:

    Semper Fi Brother .RIP my friend. Dan was one of my recruiters back in the day and he always had that smile.The world has lost another great man , but heaven has gained another Marine to guard those gates.

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