Danny Mercado, 72, a retired copy machine technician, died Nov. 5, 2012, after suffering from lung disease and congestive heart failure.
He was born to Thelma and Antone Mercado on June 12, 1940, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He joined the Air Force in December 1959 and served in Japan and Victorville, Calif., until April 1964, when he was honorably discharged.
He worked at Honolulu Mountain Bell from 1968-1970. He married Becky Hunt in 1970 but later divorced.
He worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture briefly before joining Xerox as a copy machine technician in Bakersfield, Calif., Rock Springs, Wyo., and Cody, Wyo. In 1975 he moved back to Honolulu as a single dad.
He attended community college and the University of Hawaii studying physics. He worked for Canon as a copy machine technician from 1981 until April 1995 when he moved back to Montana. Again he found a job as a Canon copy machine technician with Wickmans in Kalispell. He moved to Helena in 1996 and started work with Xerox.
He married Sharon Idleman-Holmquist in 1997. After being laid off in 2000, he was offered a job with Sharp the day he interviewed. He retired in 2003 and moved to Roundup, where they started a farm with horses, cows and poultry. He learned to use a chainsaw, swather and tractor to mow, rake and bale hay.
He had received care from the Veterans Administration.
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Cherie Mercado Wright and Laura Rhodes; daughters by marriage, Kimberly Warren, Karrie Eaton and Krista Crete; sisters, Anita and Delores; a brother, Ricky; and 12 grandchildren.
Visitation was Nov. 8-9. Services were Nov. 12 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Montana State Veterans Cemetery Fort Harrison.
Memorials may be made to Liberty House 3687 Veterans Drive, Fort Harrison, MT 59636, Attn: Kathleen Hanson.