Calvin Lee McFarland


Calvin Lee McFarland was born Sept. 18, 1955, in Steamboat Springs, to Calvin and Doris (Walker) McFarland. Calvin was raised in Steamboat, Silt, Newcastle, Wyo., and Custer, S.D., before moving to Craig, where he graduated from Moffat County High School in 1973. During high school, Calvin was an avid wrestler.

Calvin attended tech school for Harley-Davidson and worked rebuilding Harleys. He was internationally known for his work in restoring them. He also published several articles about motorcycle restoration. Calvin went to work in the oil fields, a job he also enjoyed, and was employed with Cyclone Drilling of Gillette, Wyo., as a tool pusher at the time of his death.

In l981, Calvin met Donna Dachtler, and they spent the next 25 years together. They were married Feb. 29, 1992, in Carson City, Nev. They lived in Reno, Nev., for five years, then in Dayton, Nev., for 12 1/2 years before moving to Thayne, Wyo., three years ago.

Calvin enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, hiking and riding motorcycles.

Calvin died Wednesday, March 29, 2006, as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident near Cokeville, Wyo., on his way home from work.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Dachtler/McFarland, of Thayne, Wyo.; sister, Tammy Rae (Ken) McKillip, of Davenport, Iowa; brothers, Clyde (Patricia) McFarland, of Walker, La., and Randolph "Randy" McFarland, of Craig; sisters-in-law, Julie (Tom) Terlisner, of Tucson, Ariz., and Barbara (Wayne) Loof, of Rapid City, S.D.; brother-in-law, Dale (Susan) Dachtler, of Tea, S.D.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Calvin and Doris McFarland, his sister Sandra Hinton and her five children, his grandparents and his mother- and father-in-law, Margaret and Maurice Dachtler.

Calvin will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

A funeral was Sunday, April 2, 2006, at Grant Mortuary in Craig, followed by interment in Craig Cemetery near his mother and father.

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