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Daniel Hyde Shoop

May 7, 2013 - Staff

Daniel Hyde Shoop, a longtime resident of Lysite, died Friday, May 3, 2013, at Help for Health Hospice after a fierce battle with cancer. He was 58 years old.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at Davis Funeral Home. Interment will be at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lakeview Cemetery in Shoshoni.

Daniel Hyde Shoop was born Oct. 15, 1954, in Riverton, the son of Gary G. Shoop and Nancy J. (Dewey) Shoop. He graduated from Shoshoni High School in 1973 and immediately went to work constructing steel buildings in Gillette. He attended Casper College and received his associate degree in electronics in 1977.

That same year, he went to work for Dresser Industries Magcobar Division in Lysite. He was employed there during the deep gas well boom of the late 1970s and early 1980s. He then went to work for Philp Sheep Company doing ranch and oilfield work. He kept that position for the rest of his life, and his family said he truly loved the people and culture of Bridger Creek.

His family said he loved Fremont County and the communities of Lysite, Bridger Creek, Lost Cabin and Badwater. He was instrumental in forming the Lysite Fire Department and served as fire chief and zone rep for many years. He went on to serve as a firefighter for 34 years and was active in advocating for rural fire departments. He also worked with Emergency Medical Services as a basic emergency care provider for 31 years. He was passionate and dedicated to these two causes. He served as president of Lysite Utilities Association, and he was a founding member of the B.R.A.

An engineer by nature, Mr. Shoop was fascinated by the science of our world; he read every manual to everything he ever owned.

His family said he loved television, motorcycles, guns, electronics, NASCAR, fire-fighting and rescuing people, and he was extremely dedicated to his family and friends. Any event or celebration, he was there. He treasured his nieces and nephews and was an incredible source of support for them in all they did.

He loved to travel with family and was fortunate to visit Europe three times, South America once and Mexico on multiple occasions. He saw all the major art pieces in London and Italy; straddled the equator in Quito; floated down the Amazon and hiked in the rain forest; he drove on the left side of the road through the Irish countryside and drank Guinness in Dublin. A family trip to Kaui, Hawaii, satisfied his appreciation for the beach.

He is survived by his parents, Gary and Nancy, of Missouri Valley; brother Hays and his wife Nancy of Denver; brother Scott and his wife Carma of Newcastle; sister Zannie and husband Sen. Ogden Driskill of Devils Tower; nieces Andrea Driskill Wood and her husband Matt, Madison Shoop Ferguson and her husband Dustin, Katerie Driskill, Carson Shoop Harding and her husband Jason and Sydney Shoop; nephews Spencer Shoop and Lincoln Driskill; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Henry and Jeanette (Lamboley) Shoop, and his maternal grandparents, Howard and Marian (Otto) Dewey.

The family wishes to extend its deepest gratitude to the Philp family for their compassion and support; Nancy Zupan Shoop for her incredible heart, knowledge and skill; Kathy McCoy for always being there for Mr. Shoop and coming through in the 11th hour to facilitate getting him home with Nick Bebout, Mark Matthews and Bill Hetzel. Finally, the family would like to recognize Help for Health Hospice for its superb accommodation and excellent care.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Lysite Fire Department to establish a scholarship fund for firefighting or EMT training.

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