Dr. Robert Daniel "Dan" Luckett, Sr., passed away on January 3, 2022, at the age of 82, in Ocala, Florida. It was his 82nd birthday. He had been injured as the result of a fall in November and had been working toward rehabilitation so he and his wife Judy could relocate to live with family in Vancouver, Washington. Despite the challenges he faced, he was enthusiastically looking forward to starting the next chapter of their life.
Dan was always proud of his beginnings in Muddy, Illinois, and where he and his brother had gotten to in life. Although they changed over the years, he always pursued his hobbies with passion and energy. A high school, college and Army basketball star, Dan went on to pursue horseback riding, sailing, RV'ing, softball and karaoke as he journeyed through life.
Dan met the love of his life, Judy, in Robinson, Illinois. They were married in 1961 and immediately went to Japan, where he served in the Army until 1963. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Indiana State, a Master's from Northern Illinois and his Doctorate from Montana State University.
Dan worked as a basketball coach, middle school teacher, assistant principal, principal, and school superintendent throughout his career. He was always passionate about learning and going above and beyond to be the best in his career.
Dan always had a great sense of humor, unless it was at his expense, and told jokes and funny stories his entire life. Those closest to him knew what it meant to be "unremarkable."
Dan is survived by his wife, Judy, his son, Dan Jr., his three granddaughters, Michelle Dawson, Lindsey Luckett and River Luckett, as well as his five great-grandchildren Isabell, Abigail, Atticus, Crosby and Margot. He was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence, mother, Mildred, older brother, Larry, and younger sister, Pat.
Dan wished to be cremated and buried with his wife in Illinois upon her passing. There will be no services at this time.