Raised in the Reformed church tradition, Dan was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown where he was currently serving as an offering counter.
A member of the Masonic Fraternity for 58 years, Dan began his Masonic travels in Washington Lodge No. 9, Free and Accepted Masons in Eatontown, N.J., where he was raised a Master Mason on June 28, 1954. After moving to Cooperstown, he affiliated with Otsego Lodge No. 138, Free and Accepted Masons on Nov. 13, 1986. He was later made a Companion in Otsego Chapter No. 26, Royal Arch Masons, Cooperstown.
Dan was also a member of the Clark F. Simmons American Legion Post No. 579 in Cooperstown.
Regardless of his business ventures, Dan always remained a devoted family man. He also had a fondness for dogs, and would often say, “A house is not a home without a dog.”
Dan is survived by his beloved wife, companion and best friend of 66 years, Blanche, of Cooperstown; two daughters, Joy Ann Blacksmith of New York City, and Allyse Lynn De Carr and her husband, Larry, of Cooperstown; two grandchildren, Matthew Daniel De Carr and his wife, Kristen, and Melissa Lynn De Carr and her fiancé, Zachary Forbes, all of Albany; and one nephew, Michael Tilton Doll, of Long Boat Key, Fla., who was raised by Dan and Blanche.
Dan was preceded in death by his sister, Virginia Lou Doll.
A memorial service and celebration of the life of Daniel Alvin Blacksmith will be offered at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown, with the Rev. Elsie Armstrong Rhodes, pastor, officiating.
At the beginning of service, a Masonic Memorial Service will be conducted by Brethren from Otsego Lodge No. 138, F. & A.M., Cooperstown.
At the conclusion of the service, Military Honors will be accorded by members of the United States Navy Funeral Honors Team.