J. Daniel Cline, MD
J. Daniel Cline, MD, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on January 25, 2021. He was born in Midland on December 10, 1932 to the late John C. and Bess (Polack) Cline. On October 26, 1971 he married Candance Cohoon and shared 49 wonderful years together.
Dan moved to Brockport, NY during his high school years with his family. He graduated from Brockport High School with 15 letters in 4 sports.
Dan moved back to Michigan to attend University of Michigan for under graduate studies (1951-1955) and played football and baseball receiving 3 letters in both sports. In 1953 he hit .500 (7 for 14) in the NCAA Championship Series that Michigan won in Omaha, NE. Dan drove in the winning run in the final game against Texas.
Dan received the Fielding Yost Award in 1953-1954 and in 1955 for scholarship and athletic ability. He was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor as Michigan’s best student athlete in 1955 for scholarship and athletic prowess.
In November 1954 there was an article featuring Dan in the Sports Illustrated Magazine titled “44”, which was Dan’s football jersey number. It spoke of how he balanced 15 credit hours, time playing on the field and his athletic attributes.
Dan continued his studies at U of M for Medical school graduating in 1959. He did his family practice Residency in Ann Arbor and Midland, MI. Dan started his medical practice in Midland in 1961 retiring in 2007. He became Deputy Medical Examiner of Midland County when the system changed from Coroner to Medical Examiner. Dan was appointed Chief Medical Examiner in 1977 and he retired from this position on October 1, 2020.
Additionally, Dan served as jail physician for over 30 years retiring in 2012, served as the Juvenile Care Center Physician starting in 1997 to 2013 and he served on the board of Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Dan was inducted in the Midland County Sports Hall of Fame in 2002, University of Michigan Hall of Honor in 2007 and Brockport High School Wall of Honor in 2013.
Dan loved practicing medicine and truly cared about all his patients. Dan loved animals and the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was blessed with his wife Candy, 4 successful children, and many family and friends. He loved his community and was the most kind hearted person and will be greatly missed by all.
Dan is survived by his wife Candy, children Dr. John (Annimarie) Cline, Melissa (John) Vanarsdel, Mark (Linda) Cline, Mary Georgia (Chris Harker), 5 grandchildren his dog Barley, and six nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his sister Toni (Ron) Alynne, sister-in-law Lonnie Sieland and his very special extended family Jim and Kathy McCandless, Tom, Tammy, and Josh Fleming. He was predeceased by his brother Dr. Earl Cline and brother-in-law Charles Sieland.
Cremation has taken place and no service will be held. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Midland Humane Society.
Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Cline family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.