Former Groveland Unified School District member Dan Oellrich passed away on July 21. He was 53.
Dan was born to Vern Oellrich and Grace Baker Oellrich in Red Wing, Minnesota, June 5, 1966. He graduated from Colstrip, Montana High School where he was in Track and placed 3rd in the State Meet.
He earned a masters degree in business administration from Amherst College. Dan proudly served in the United States Army and later went on to help other veterans as he worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs in both Oakland and Sacramento, California. Dan had served as a board member of the Groveland Unified School District where he volunteered many hours for the betterment of the students and the administration.
Dan is survived by his wife, Jill, son Rhett (Lexie), daughters Savannah and Virginia.
He is survived by brothers, Kevin Bach, Keith Bach (Cecilia), and his sister, Rene Gilles (Steve). His mother, Grace Larson (attended school at Big Arm and Polson 1945-1952 (Grace McBroom-Baker, now Larson)), and his aunts, Alice Kranzler and Shirley Jacobson, and his Great Aunt Fay Poloson Haynes. Danís sister, Robin, preceded him in death in 2006 from MS.
Dan will be deeply missed and thought of in the words of his great Grandmother, Mae Polosonís, poem.
I believe that God above created you for me to love.
He picked you out from all the rest because He knew who I loved best.
I once had a heart itís true but now itís yours, from me to you.
Take good care of it, as I have none.
If I go to Heaven and you are not there Iíll paint your name on the golden stair
so all the angels know & see
just what you really mean to me.
If you are not there by judgment day, Iíll know you have gone the other way.
I will give the angels back their wings and golden harps and everything.
Then just to show you what Iíd do Iíd go down below to be with you