Dan was raised in St. Louis Park and attended Most Holy Trinity Catholic grade school, which was located next door to the Park Chapel. He graduated from Benilde High School and The University of Minnesota Department of Mortuary Science in 1976. He began at that time working for his dad, Bob. Dan started running the funeral home in the mid 1990's when his father retired.
Dan has been active in a variety of civic organizations over the years, including the Optimists, Rotary, Chambers of Commerce, and community festivals. He has been involved with a number of parishes and Archdiocesan organizations. Dan, wife Mary and children Hugh and Clare are active members of The Church of St. Bartholomew in Wayzata.