Wednesday, October 10, 2012

RIP Dan King, shepherd of love.

May you rest in peace, Dan King, shepherd and friend.

Rest in peace, my friend
dan, shepherd of love
man of values
friend of all.

the path you walk
is paved with dogs,
who went before
so they could be there

As you were there for them
now it is their turn
to be there for you
and show you the way.

you left a legacy
of honor and love
one we hope to fill
and make you proud

you left too soon
and we grieve
someday we will understand
but now we cry

the hearts are broken
and the wounds are raw
and the sky cries with tears
and new life grows again

good bye dan king
good bye, our friend

Daniel King, 48, of Grottoes, passed away Friday evening, Oct. 5, 2012, at his home.

The son of Elmer and Jeanne Bartsch King, he was born on June 8, 1964, in Buffalo, N.Y.

Employed by Merck Pharmaceutical, he was a microbiologist, a shepherd, a farmer, and the proud owner of Quiet Acres Farm, an animal welfare-approved sheep farm. Dan served his country in the Navy.

He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Gros King; his parents of Rio Rancho, N.M.; a stepson, Seth McClaine of Colorado; two sisters, Mary Beth King-Stokes and her husband, Craig, of New Mexico, and Martha Sullivan and her husband, Gary, of New York; and a brother, Christopher King and his wife, Mary, of California. He also leaves three nieces, Hilary Stokes, Kyra Sullivan and Julie King; three nephews, Keith Sullivan, Kevin Sullivan and Adam King; one great-niece, Brooke Stokes; an aunt, Marilyn King of Charlottesville, and his dogs, Fann and Swift.

 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Blue Ridge Border Collie Rescue, c/o Sue Weis, 1950 Kirby Road, McLean, VA 22101,

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


1 comment:

gvmama said...

So sad
Lovely poem
Even lovlier photo