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Daniel James O'Rourke Jr. ( Cave Junction 1946 )

posted: Dec 29, 2020

Dan, 89, died December 31, 2014, in St. Ignatius, Montana. He was born February 26, 1925, in Charleroi, Pennsylvania. He married Alora F. Craine in 1946 in Santa Barbara, California. Dan entered the Marine Corps in 1942 and was discharged in 1945. He was among the 25 all-military veteran crew to jump at Cave Junction in 1946. Danny moved to Missoula in 1950 and jumped at Missoula while he attended the University of Montana Forestry School. After he graduated, he worked for the USFS as a District Ranger in Colorado and had a stint at the Regional Office in Denver followed by assignments on the Rio Grande NF where he retired in 1978.

Dan jumped at CJ in 1946 and Missoula 1951-52. He had 11 training and 12 fire jumps.