Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 6:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 6:22 p.m.
A longtime local athlete who served as a Pop Warner coach in his later years, Daniel Logue was a lifelong San Francisco Giants and 49ers fan remembered for his sense of humor and kindness.
Logue, who also worked as the chief building inspector for the city of Rohnert Park, died March 30 after a bout with colon cancer. He was 81.
“He had a great sense of humor and he loved planning family holiday celebrations and family trips,” said his son, Terry Logue.
Logue was born in Turlock on July 15, 1931, to William Logue and Ruth Kern. Originally managers in the pharmaceutical industry, Logue's parents later opened up a Sebastopol chicken farm.
Logue spent his initial childhood years growing up in Merced County before moving with his family to Sebastopol in 1943.
At Analy High School, he competed in both football and track & field, graduating in 1949. Logue continued his football career at Santa Rosa Junior College, playing as a defensive tackle on the 1949 and 1950 Bear Cub teams.
While at SRJC, Logue also served as sports editor for SRJC's student newspaper, The Oak Leaf. He transferred to the University of Nevada-Reno in 1951, playing one season of football until the school dropped the program for the following season.
The loss of football prompted Logue in 1951 to leave school and enlist in the U.S. Navy, where he served for three years.
“He was very patriotic,” said Logue's daughter, Kathleen Beltz. “He loved Fourth of July and John Phillips Souza.”
After receiving an honorable discharge in 1953, Logue returned to school to finish his degree at San Francisco State University. He received a bachelor's degree in English and a minor in classical music appreciation.
“He was a whiz in English,” Terry Logue said.
During his time in San Francisco, Logue met Betty Garrett, and the two married in 1956. The couple moved to Rohnert Park in 1960, where Logue took a job as a foreman for Codding Construction.
“He was the life of the party,” Beltz said. “He was always joyful, optimistic and entertaining.”
In 1973, the City of Rohnert Park hired Logue as a building inspector. He worked for the building department for over 20 years, eventually serving as the department chief before retiring in 1994.
Aside from his work, Logue also created the first youth football program for Rohnert Park and Cotati. He worked as the program administrator and served as a head coach for the College View/Rancho Cotate Pop Warner teams from 1962 to 1982.
“My dad was my first football coach,” Terry Logue said.
After his retirement in 1994, Logue enjoyed traveling with his wife and some of their friends and family. Together, they made frequent trips to Arizona, Lake Siskyou, Burney Falls and New Orleans.
Logue's survivors include his four children, Terry Logue of Rohnert Park, Kevin Logue of Fair Oaks, Kathleen Beltz of Rohnert Park and Tom Logue of Santa Rosa. He is also survived by his sister, Rose Hand of Santa Barbara; fourteen grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass and reception will be held at 11 a.m. April 26 at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Cotati. The family requests donations to the SRJC Foundation-49/50 Football Scholarship, 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa 95401 or Rohnert Park-Cotati Youth Football & Cheer, P.O. Box 214, Cotati 94931.
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