Robert Gale Daniel
Robert “Gale” Daniel, age 88, passed away at Holly Creek Retirement Community on April 6, 2020. The cause of death was dementia and failing health; his was not a Covid fatality.
Gale was born in Ada, Oklahoma and attended Oklahoma University on the GI Bill after fighting on the front lines of the Korean War. Gale worked for Atlantic Richfield his entire career, rising through the ranks to become Senior Vice President. He negotiated coal extraction leases throughout the world, and oversaw the creation of Parachute, CO and Wright, WY to support the mines. He was active behind the scenes in St. Andrew and the Boys and Girls Clubs to help them through rough times, giving both financial and business support.
After his retirement from Arco in the mid 1980’s, he continued to consult with a wide range of companies in need of his business acumen. Gale liked to travel, read and invest, primarily in the stock market and real estate, but also in the companies he helped bring into financial solvency.
Gale’s one regret was that he didn’t spend more time with his family. As was the case with many executives of his generation, he travelled frequently and they moved often. He was married three times and leaves behind two daughters, Caroline and Clytie. His siblings proceeded him in death, as did his niece Malina, of whom he was particularly fond.
A celebration of Gale’s life will be held in the chapel at St. Andrew when it is safe to gather again, hopefully in late June or early July. In the meantime, donations can be made in Gale’s name to St. Andrew or the Boys and Girls Clubs of Denver.
We hold in prayer all who knew and loved Gale as they mourn his passing.