Dan Henry Knott (1918-2005)


Dan Henry Knott, long-time rancher in Oak Creek, died at his home on Trout Creek, Sept. 11, 2005. He was 87.

Dan Henry Knott was born March 12, 1918, to Henry and Ella (Pense) Knott in Baird, Neb.

Knott came to Routt County when he was 2 years old and settled on a ranch between Yampa and Phippsburg by the Yampa River. He moved on Trout Creek in the 1930's. He married Doris Ives on Oct. 18, 1938. Knott loved the life of being a rancher. He enjoyed working with horses, cattle, and sheep. In the summers, you could always find him in the hay meadows irrigating. He enjoyed telling stories about his days in Cow and Sheep Camps. In his spare time, he worked with leather sewing harnesses, chaps, and vests. He also did some woodworking. He was an active member in the community. He was one of the first Routt County 4-H members in 1929. He continued to support 4-H throughout his years. He belonged to the Oak Creek and Egeria Masonic Lodges, was a Shriner and Scottish Rite member, and a member of the Order of Easter Star. Knott was a member of the Cattlemen and Woolgrowers, both local and state organizations. He was a charter member of the Routt County Wool Pool. He served as a school board member when the South Routt Schools consolidated.

Knott is survived by his wife of 67 years, Doris; son, Bernard (Debra) of Oak Creek; daughter, Arloa Carnahan of Oak Creek; grandsons Tad (Kim) Carnahan of Oak Creek, Brad (Brenda) Carnahan of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Tyler Knott of Oak Creek; and great grandchildren Austin, Cole, Mackenzie, McKenna, Tate, Kellum, and McKaul Carnahan.

Knott was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Memorial services were held Sept. 17, 2005, at South Routt Bible Church in Oak Creek, with Tom Harves and the Officers of Egeria Lodge No. 167 AF & AM, officiating.

The piano solo was "How Great Thou Art" by Mildred Revere.

The selection was "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" by Ruby Forester.

Honorary pallbearers were "All Dan's Family and His Many Friends."

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Shriners' Hospital or the Hospice of Northwestern Colorado in Steamboat Springs, in care of Grant Mortuary, 621 Yampa Ave., Craig, CO 81625.

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