Dan King

Nov 28, 1943 - Nov 10, 2016


Daniel Paul King passed away on Nov. 10, 2016, son of Velma & Lester King. Born Nov. 28, 1943,
he came home to the same house he and his wife, Jeanette, live in now. He has one older sister, Darlene Hathcock and her family lives in Arkansas. All that knew him would see a smile on his face. He met his wife at King’s Roller Rink in Franklin, CA. They were married 2 months short of 55 years and were blessed with two sons, Tim and Paul who have found kind and loving wives, Sheri & Christy. Dan has four grandchildren, Austin(22), Bailey(20), Dalton(19), & Danielle(18). He was a kind and loyal friend and businessman. His father, Lester, suddenly passed away in April of 1964, leaving the skating rink to him and his mother, Velma, when he was 20 years old. He worked hard and enjoyed meeting and working with people of all ages. You are welcome to join the family at the reception held immediately following the service, Thursday at 4:30 at King’s Skate Country in Franklin

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary
9189 E. Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, CA
US 95624


  • Cheryl Mitchell-Blair says:

    I am truly sorry to hear about your loss. Dan will be terribly missed. He was loved by all of us and he will be cherished in our memories forever.

  • Carol Balliet Cain says:

    My heart goes out to you and your family at this difficult time. Dan was a wonderful man and so many great memories to help comfort all. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Cheryl Thomas says:

    My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to the King family! I worked for the Kings for many years and Dan was a true inspiration to me and provided me with lots of joy and wisdom about the roller skating industry that I have a huge passion for! Thanks for the memories!

  • Barbara Holland says:

    My condolences and prayers to the family. He was such a awsome man. He will be missed dearly. I spent great years at the skating rink growing up those were great memories for me to share with my son.

  • Dagma Rodriguez says:

    My condolences to the family, I will always remember his kind nature and wonderful smile. Thinking of you all and once again my deepest condolences. Dag Rodriguez Brownsville,Tx

  • Linda says:

    My fond memories of Dan goes all the way back to my teens and working at Kings Skate Country in Reno, Nevada. You will be missed and our prayers go out to your family

  • Brie Lindsey says:

    With heavy heart I say farewell to a gentleman that gave to many in his communities! Dan was a fun man a gentle man a loving man!!!! May he rest with ease now and continue to look over his family thru the clouds! Much strength to his wonderful family!

  • Yvonne Bonacci says:

    Our condolences to Janette and family. I grew up with Dan, living in Franklin and skating at Kings skate all my childhood. I just loved the whole family. They worked hard keeping the rink going for all these years and keeping kids off the streets. So many fond memories for me and my friends. He will be missed. Yvonne Buscher Bonacci and Richard Bonacci

  • Tricia Perkins says:

    Dan, You leave a large legacy to all who entered any of your rinks. Your smile, handshakes, and hugs will forever be missed. Rest well.

  • Craig DeVita says:

    My deep condolences to the.family. Dan placedvso many great memories at King’s skate in rancho cordova. Rest in peace and you will not be forgotten with so many others.

  • Candy and Michael Love says:

    Our thoughts and prayers to the King family. I thank Dan for a wonderful childhood and young adult. Growing up in the skating rink with my twin sister Sandy was a true blessing. My husband Mike Love cherished ever moment working for the King family. RIP Mr. Danny KING. Love and prayers Mike and Candy Love

  • Brad says:

    A boss, a mentor and most importantly a friend.. im gonna miss hearing your voice and your laugh but i will never forget one thing you taught or showed me.. you worked long and hard and were loved by all rest easy..

  • Mike Gillispie, Funeral Counselor, East Lawn Elk Grove says:

    On behalf of myself and the entire staff of East Lawn Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. It is an honor to serve your family

  • Sheryl Raney says:

    Loved Dan! Such a great support to the community in Rosemont. My sincerest sympathy.

  • Tracie Sawyer Bettencourt says:

    I can honestly say there are many of us who owe our lives to Danny and the entire King Family. The respect and love we all had for Dan, Jeanette, Tim & Paul kept us kids off the streets in the 80s & 90s. We could have chosen the wrong path but none of us wanted to disappoint Danny. I began working at Kings Skate County in Sac, when I was 14. Then went on to help open Kings in Reno. I’m so glad we hired Brad who was able to keep both places open and going. Sincere condolences to the Kings and to all my fellow brothers and sisters whom I met at Kings. I have No words, just tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. I’m going to put my skates on now and skate around the block or two in remembrance. Love you all.

  • Kirsten Ireton says:

    I fondly remember learning how to skate at King’s Skate Country on Bradshaw Road in the mid-70’s and then when I had my own kids I took them to King’s in Franklin since we live in Elk Grove. We loved the family atmosphere and having birthday parties there too! I’m so sorry for your families loss, but please know that Mr. King, like his father before him, brought many years of joy to 1000’s of children in Sacramento County and beyond.

  • Nick Murphey says:

    I worked for Dan and the King Family for many years doing a little of everything. It was my first job, a side job, and my favorite job. Dan and I worked side by side on so many projects where he mentored me and treated me like a son. I am forever greatful. His laugh, his smile, and most of all his positive attitude will be missed more than ever. Thinking of the entire King family and send my sincerest condolences. “If you’ve got time to lean, you’ve got time to clean!”

  • DeAnne Forrester-LaBella says:

    I’m saddened by the news. I have many wonderful childhood memories of Mr. King and Kings skate country. He will forever be missed by so many. God Bless his family and all who was honored to know him.

  • Nadine Frey Seiler says:

    We grew up together. He was one of my closest friends all through grammar school. Rode to high school together each morning. My prayers are with his family. My heart is sad today.

  • Leo Padilla says:

    My condolences to the family and Friends. I spent a good number of years going into the Bradshaw rink. Danny was a very cool dude.

  • Ron Parrish says:

    So sorry for your loss. My heart is heavy for the whole King Family. I learned so much from my Uncle Danny. He taught me to work at the Franklin Rink. I learned customer service from him. He was a People Person in the truest respect. Probably 3 or 4 generations of kids grew to love him over the years at Franklin and the Bradshaw locations. I learned so much from him about management. He could take any situation and in a matter of minutes turn it around for the good. He was a master in public relations. I was a kid but worked with him building the Reno Rink and learned how to lay the floor out, put skates together and so many other things. I saw him have fun showing how to use the latest tech items like the starburst, lights on the ceiling that pulsed with the music. We listened to Donna Summer’s “Last Dance” and Joe Walsh’s “Life’s been Good” songs for the demo’s. I worked with my other uncle Don Young and Lloyd Rieger at Reno. Times I will never forget. I met so many life long friends at the Rink. We were talking about how we met and found out it was after a session when Dan would load several kids up in his El Camino and take them home after sessions. You can’t do that kind of stuff anymore. It was amazing customer service filled with lifelong memories. He was the best at it. He will be miss by all that knew him. Blessings to him, Jeanette, Tim, Paul and their Families.

  • Debbie milam says:

    So many many memories through the years. Working there skating our weekends away . Follow or driving the hockey team to Oregon or Iowa it didn’t matter we always had Danny leading the way . He always had a smile and good word for you . When my daughter was just 12 months old Danny put her on skates and away they went but wait she couldn’t even walk yet . My heart is with Jeanette and the family. Danny you will be missed .

  • Brian Lewis says:

    This really hurts to hear. I grew up going to Kings Skate in Franklin and Bradshaw I even worked for them in the 80s Dan was always a really nice guy I liked him a lot. I hope Dan realized how many lives including mine he made better every Friday and Saturday night at the skating rink. I wish I could have told him personally …. those were great times I’ll always remember…thanks Dan

  • Shelly Pudge-Alains says:

    Prayers for the King family. I spent countless Friday and Saturday nights at the Franklin rink and remember Velma King from those days and Dan King from the Rancho/Sac Kings while raising my children. Thank you for the memories.

  • Carol Johnson says:

    My condolences to the Entire King Family… Dan, you will always be remembered in my heart , ❤ seeing your smiling face… He will be missed and he will be remembered….. My heart and prayers go out to Jeanette ❤, Paul and Tim and your families….You know he is up there taking care of rink business with Bill….

  • Theresa pelegrino says:

    Colodolences to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

  • Laura Schaechtele (Reno) says:

    My deepest and sincerest condolences to the King family. He was an amazing man!! He will be missed. He was a kind and caring soul to many kids!!

  • Valerie Bradley says:

    Thanks for the memories

  • Aleana Trend Machado says:

    My condolences to the family. Growing up always looked forward to seeing him and his smile.A lot of memories with friends and family at kings skate.

  • Gaye lynn says:

    Sorry to hear about your loss. Many beautiful memories. Love and prayers to you all. Gaye

  • Blaine Grantham says:

    My heart goes out to the Kings family. I am so sorry for your loss. Some of my fondest memories in life were working for the Kings family at both rinks. Mrs King, Danny and Ron gave a 12 year old shy kid a chance to earn a wage. This impacted my life in so many ways that I am eternally grateful to the Kings. I whish I could skate down the street one more time and be with you all on Thursday to celebrate the life of a great man. Rest In Peace Danny and Thank you.

  • Dawn Hall-Sommerville says:

    My sympathy to the King Family. Dan King will always be fondly remembered by my family, and the Community.

  • Denise Rowland says:

    I have so many great memories back when I was a teen ager. My Mom and Dad taught skating at King’s skate country. I skated speed. Dan was such a wonderful person. My condolences go out to his family.

  • Dave Sherman says:

    My Colodolences to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

  • Donna kolb Ramos says:

    My deep sorrow and prayers to Jennette and family!so many memory in school and at the rink double dating he will always be in my heart sorry I have to miss services!

  • Cindy says:

    Many happy memories at King’s Skate Country. Thank you for a great space for kids to play. May Mr. King Rest In Peace.

  • Marcy Ciscoe says:

    RIP, lots and lots of fond memories were made for me at Kings Skate Country. Blessings to the family.

  • Irene Capps says:

    My family is so sad to learn of Mr. King!s passing. When our daughter was growing up, King’s Skate was so much fun with many birthday parties held there. Thank you for the memories. Rest in peace.

  • Bill Wells says:

    My Grandparents lived across the street from the skating rink. Both my parents are from Franklin, so I grew up with Danny and worked for him a couple of different times. He was a great guy, loving husband and father. He will surely be missed.

  • Jessica Taylor says:

    Sending prayers and loving thoughts to Mr. King’s family. I grew up in Lincoln village and attended The Rink (King Skate on Bradshaw) from the time I was 5 until I was a teen. He gave us kids some of the best times of our lives. Rest in peace Mr. King. Gone but never forgotten!

  • Mark Simunich says:

    My deepest condolences to Danny’s family. I’ve known Dan my entire life. I remember staying at his house, swimming and just cutting up. Playing on the hockey team, going to school and just being great friends. I loved working for Lester in the early sixties the skating rink and at the packing she’d. They always made me feel as if I were apart of their family. I was on the first hockey team and we took first in state. I’ll never forget his love for life. His smile , and kind heart. I will miss him very much.

  • Lori Holtzclaw says:

    So sorry for your loss.he was a sweet and kind man.he will be greatly missed by all.

  • Arlene Smotnermon says:

    Sorry to hear this prayers for the family

  • Todd Eckert says:

    Such a great man. I am at a loss for words. The King family did so much for me and treated me like family. I spent more time with Velma King and Nellie than I did with my own family growing up. Dan hired me at 13 to work in the rink. I grew up there. Ended up managing Franklin for a while. My prayers go out to Jeanette, Tim, and Paul and their families. I wish I could be there.

  • Lisa Morrison says:

    So sorry for your loss. I remember going to this rink as a child and then bringing my own children back to enjoy the fun the King family provided for so many. Rest in Peace!

  • Cindy Herlihy (Hunter) says:

    Wow, such a wonderful man! Dan helped so many of us when we were young. I don’t know that he realized what a difference he made, just being Dan.

  • Patty Gilbert/Bergen says:

    Thanks for all the wonderful memories……the Kings provided good family fun for all of us… Danny would drive his bus to pick up any and all kids who wanted to skate…the rink was our favorite hang out…loved watching Danny and Jeanette skate together…it was so much fun seeing them teach their sons to skate… when each baby was big enough to fit into those tiny little skates they were off and running…and when my son was big enough to learn Danny and Jeanette always had a pair of skates to fit him… Our family has a life time of precious memories of great family fun…sending prayers and loving thoughts to Jeannette and all of the King family… Danny’s Angel Day has touch many hearts

  • Kerri says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope Dan & his family knows how much the rink meant to so many kids. So many people I know have such wonderful memories of skating around the floor with friends & hoping to fall in love❤️May peace be with you.

  • Eileen DePew says:

    My condolences to the King family.  I have many memories skating on Wednesday nights with my sister and brother.  I then had the pleasure of working at the Bradshaw Rink for Dan and Jeannet for a few years.  It was a great family atmosphere.  You will be missed Dan.

  • Trisha says:

    May Dan’s memory be a blessing. My deepest sympathies to the King family. Thank you for helping our community have many memories that last a lifetime. I use to load my car and take my son and his friends all through his elementary years. It was there I would request “our song” and he’d skate by me with a grin. My son is now a Marine, I sent him the lyrics to our King skate song, when he was at boot camp….reminded him of home. Rest in peace Dan. Your life impacted so many for the good.

  • Sean O'Neal says:

    My condolences to all the King family, I spent so much time at the rinks, all through school and many years of hockey. Unbelievable times as a kid, Danny , Jeanette and the boys were always there. So many good memories. Thank you, Dan

  • Lance Tidwell says:

    Paul my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. What a great time we had Friday nights at the roller rink

  • Karen Hartman Peters says:

    Dan’s family and the community have lost a generous, loving, considerate and caring man. My deepest sympathy to you Jeanette, and to Tim, Paul and their families. May you rest in peace Dan and your family carry on with loving memories.

  • Robert Salgado says:

    Dan’s Family , I am sorry for the loss. He was a great guy fun and energetic. Been around so many years at king skate and enjoyed going and hanging out.. Dan was always there hanging out with us at kings when not working hard..

  • Larry Linder says:

    What a shock! A truely kind hearted person who was even tempered and other-centered. We are all called home eventually, but it is never easy on those left behind. So for now, dark clouds of sorrow form over head and a rain of tears begin to fall for while. But, the sun will shine again on the King family, and Dan’s friends and business associates with the fond memories of the days spent together laughing and enjoying life’s experience. After all, this is what makes our time here on earth all the more enjoyable till we reach our final home in Heaven. As Burgess Merridith said in the movie Gumpy Old Men: “Life is about the experiences.” Till we meet again after a while up yonder my friend! Larry Linder CEO L.J. Linder & Associates Insurance Services Clovis, CA

  • Katherine O'Neal Duran says:

    Bless his heart. A good amount of my childhood happened in the Franklin Quonset hut and Bradshaw rinks, and at 8:33 in the video, I sat at that snack bar table no less than a jillion times with my first real sweetheart whom I’d met at a roller hockey tournament. What would life have been without King’s? I pass by your old house on Bader almost every day, never without remembering you, neighbors. You’ll always be in my heart. God Bless you, Jeanette and family, and Godspeed you home, Danny King. ❤️❤️❤️

  • Slover says:

    All my life I will remember the joy that mr. King and his family have shared at their rinks.

  • Ray Sparks says:

    I’m saddened by the news of Dan’s passing. My prayers go out to the family. I skated for him on the Jr team many years ago. I will never forget the good times we had.

  • Deborah Vierra D'Ottavio says:

    Dan King left a lifetime legacy of memories for thousands of people. My family is from Courtland, Hood, Franklin area and I was going to Kings roller rink since I could walk. I spent many visits with family and then many more with my teenage friends. It was a fun, safe place to be. Thank you, Dan King (and family) for the life experiences. Rest in peace. With love and gratitude.

  • Celisa Stokes says:

    Dan King…what an awesome man. So many memories flood back from all the Friday and Saturday nights rolling at Kings Skate country in the early 90s. Even when I went back in the 2000s – he remembered me. He will truly be missed. My Prayers go to the King Family.

  • Debbie Parrish Brooks says:

    Danny was one of a kind! As kids we ALL thought he was GREAT! We all loved to watch him skate around the rink and always keeping his eyes out for any trouble or someone getting hurt. When he had his little red corvette he would take the top off and we would ride around on it and wave at everyone. Thinking it was so cool… He was a proud daddy. Loved you Tim & Paul ! You can be proud knowing your dad was there for a lot of kids and I believe that’s why he loved the rink so much. He was PROUD to take over the responsibility of the rink and carry on what his dad had started. He was PROUD to be a grandfather. When ever we got together we laughed and cut up and never a dull moment. He would always call me old bull neck ONLY because I have short neck and so I would call him OLDER BULL NECK. Uncle Dan your smile, humor & caring ways will never be forgotten . They will go on for MANY GENERATIONS! Rest now & be at peace, Love Debbie

  • George E. Jordy says:

    I met Dan as a young speed skater in Reno, Nevada in 1965. I competed against him and proudly played along side of him in the sport of Roller Hockey. He, along with his great smile and personality, will be missed. ROLL ON MY FRIEND!!!!

  • Anissa Hussman says:

    Although I hadn’t seen Dan or the family in many years, time just seemed to stop when I got the text message that Dan had passed away. The tears were instant and time just seemed to stop. Dan provided a fun and safe place for so many of us kids to (literally) grow up. I started at the “Tiny Tot” session at 5 years old and like so many others, I became a “rink rat” and in 1988 he hired me so I’d get paid for handing out the skates instead of just doing it for fun. I am positive that without Dan and King’s Skate Country, my childhood and teenage years would have been very different. He was simply an amazing man, we’ve lost one of the good ones. My heart goes out to the entire King family.

  • Ken Sutton says:

    Thank you Mr. King for all you gave. Thank you for sharing memories and your time. Bless you and your family. My deepest sympathy to your family.

  • Geno Lopes says:

    My condolences to the King family, and Dan’s friends who are now missing hiss beautiful spirit. Dan was an incredible person who always had time for kids. With a smile on his face and a joke at the ready he was the epitome of a “wonderful soul”. I owe him a debt of gratitude for many things, but mainly for his shining example of how to treat people… his behavior towards me and others helped shape my behavior towards others, and has always stayed with me. May he rest in peace.

  • Alex Cosper says:

    I was saddened to find out about the loss of Dan, one of the nicest owners I’ve ever worked for. I worked as a DJ for King’s Arden 1982-1984 and then King’s Bradshaw 1984-1985. It helped “roll” me into my radio career at KWOD in Sacramento and a few other stations around the country. When I hosted Elk Grove High’s reunion on 9/9/2001 I was pleasantly surprised to see Dan and Jeanette again for the first time in years. They asked me to DJ their 40th anniversary, so I did on 1/26/02 at King’s Franklin. It was fun seeing Tim and Paul again as well. The song Jeanette asked me to play for them as their wedding anniversary song was “Thank You For Being a Friend” by Andrew Gold. I saw the Kings again at a few more rolling rink reunions at King’s Bradshaw. Dan will always be a great memory to me.

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