Daniel Lester Lunsford, an 81-year-old Worland resident, passed away at his home on May 16, 2014, following a short illness. Daniel was born on June 17, 1932, in Raymond, Wash., a son of Finos Lester and Emelia Gertrude (Udd) Lunsford. He received his education at Raymond High School. In 1950 he proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict on board the U.S. Princeton as a flight deck signalman.
He became very involved in law enforcement, beginning as an officer, but soon attaining the position of Chief of Police for the Raymond Police Department. He graduated from the FBI Academy on May 26, 1965. He later went to work for the King County Police Department as well as for the Washington State Liquor Enforcement Task Force.
Daniel operated guide and outfitter services in the Mt. Ranier area, Alta Silva Corral then at Crystal Mountain Corral and at Indian Creek on White Pass.
A hunter, fisherman and gardener, he raised a big garden every year until this year when his health prevented him from doing so.
Daniel was an avid horse lover. His rodeo career started in his early teens and he had his first horse at the age of 14. He was always a cowboy and a gentleman. The love of horses continued all his life and his last horse was a beautiful Mustang he named “Mister.”
Daniel is survived by his sister Dorothy Carey of Worland, and brother Finos Lunsford of Columbia City, Ore., numerous nieces and nephews and the grandchildren he “shared” with his sister Dorothy.
There will be a graveside memorial service at Fern Hill Cemetery in Menlo, Wash., on Aug. 8, 2014, at 2 p.m. Following the service, there will be a memory share gathering at the American Legion in Raymond, Wash.