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 William 'Dan' Street November 4, 1915 - September 2, 2011


Courtesy of the Whidbey News-Times (by permission)

William Daniel Street III – Capt. Dan, “The Rope Man” – breathed his last on Friday, afternoon, Sept. 2, 2011. Born in Lewistown, Mont., to W. D. Street II and Neva “Streetie” Anderson Street, on Nov. 4, 1915, he grew up mostly in southern California. Capt. Dan volunteered at the Water Festival and for schools. Cub Scout children waited in line to help make rope with him, lengths of which they could keep as a reward. Dan also served Eleanor River for a number of years at her sheep ranch on Hastie Lake Road. Eleanor has expressed her profound gratitude and love for his many works on her ranch. Prior to that, he had numerous careers, including many years as captain of rich people’s yachts. He considered the construction management of the Dragon Lady IV to be his crowning achievement.
Gladys (“Happy”) Roberts Street preceded Dan in death in 1988, after 52 years of marriage. Daughter Jean Irene Gerth lives with her husband Fred in Palm Desert, Calif.; Dan’s granddaughter, Julie Christensen, and her adult children live in Oak Harbor. His grandson, Scott Gerth, has lived in Sultan, and Scott’s children, adult and younger, are scattered. Dan had several great-great-grandchildren. Happy’s vivacious sister, Annie Harbuck, 90, lives in Redondo Beach, Calif. Dan’s brother’s elegant widow, Marian Street Johnston, lives with her husband Charles in Ellensburg. Her sons Warren (with wife Elizabeth) and John (with wife Allison), Dan’s beloved nephews, also reside in Ellensburg.
Dan’s second wife, Lorena Jane Lewis Street, compiled his recordings of adventures on the various boats throughout the 23 years that he and Happy lived on board. James Bruner edited the resulting book, “Streets on the Water.” Lorena was devoted to Capt. Dan’s care during his last few years of ill health. Her two adult children, John Bassham and Cynthia Vance, enjoyed happy relationships with Dan throughout the 21 1/2 years that he and Lorena were together.
Whidbey Memorial Services is providing most kindly expertise. The Oak Harbor Seventh-day Adventist Church will hold a service on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 1:30 p.m. If you knew Capt. Dan, your presence would be very much appreciated. Family and friends are encouraged to share memories and offer condolences at www.whidbeymemorial.com

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