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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.

Condolence Messages

  1. Gary Smith

    05 February 2021 6 months ago

    My sincere condolences to Candy and family on the passing of Dan. I had the honor to “share medical call” with Dan for some 30 years. He was truly a caring person for both his patients and others. He had a work ethic that was always full speed ahead. Our shared fondness of sports particularly college football was most fun in the U of M vs. OSU rivalry! His humility was ever present especially about his football and baseball in Ann Arbor. He was a good role model for me and will be greatly missed.

  2. Ingrid (Smith) McIntosh

    04 February 2021 6 months ago

    Condolences to the family. Dan was a family friend and our doctor. He was so very kind to me when I was ill and also to my father when he was dying. He was a blessing.

    I have a fond memory of the time Dan and Candy, my parents and I went to see the movie Jaws. During the scene where the shark first reveals itself, Dan jumped out of his chair and shouted. We all enjoyed that time together.

    Candy I hope your memories and the love of your family and friends comfort you. God bless.

  3. Debbie (Hebner) Billsby

    03 February 2021 6 months ago

    Dr Cline was one of my first employers as a high school co-op and eventually became our family physician. He saw our family through some very difficult times and for that I will be forever grateful. So sorry for your loss.

  4. Jim Reif

    02 February 2021 6 months ago

    Dan was a kind and thoughtful physician, a friend , and a trusted colleague. My deepest sympathies to Candy and the extended family. He will be greatly missed.

  5. Lynn Bond

    02 February 2021 6 months ago

    I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing this wonderful man. His compassion and care were unparalleled. During the many years that my husband battled Multiple Sclerosis, Dr. Cline went way beyond what was expected or required. He truly left no stone unturned when it came to care. His service to the Midland Community was extremely impressive. He will be missed by so many. He and his family are in my prayers!

  6. Dorothy Francis

    02 February 2021 6 months ago

    Dear Candy, I am very sorry and saddened about Dan’s passing…so many fond and happy memories. You are in my heart and prayers.
    Love, Dorothy

  7. Betty Jo Schneider (Jablonski)

    02 February 2021 6 months ago

    Our deepest sympathy to Candi and the family of Dr Dan Cline. I pray your beautiful memories with Him will give you smiles and peace. George & Betty Jo Schneider

  8. Beth Cornell

    02 February 2021 6 months ago

    Very sorry to hear about Dr. Cline passing. Dr. Cline was my Doctor for a very long time. He was a good man, will be missed by alot of people.

    You are in our prayers
    Beth (Love) Cornell

  9. hugh h nutting

    02 February 2021 6 months ago

    Sorry to learn of Dan’s passing. He was one of the great kids that lived on Crane Court in the WW2 era..

  10. Cynthia Grebe Schuette

    02 February 2021 6 months ago

    From the time I was a child, and well into adulthood, we heard about Dan Cline. My father was a friend of the family and followed Dan’s athletic career.. and later, when anyone wasn’t feeling well.. the answer was always.. call Dan. He was always available. I/we are thankful to have known Dan and his family.. and you are in our prayers..

  11. Robert Brunner

    01 February 2021 6 months ago

    Dear Candy, My deepest condolences to you. My God assist you in your grief and ease the burden of your loss. With love, Bob Brunner

  12. Terence Moore

    01 February 2021 6 months ago

    Dan was an exceptional physician and his athletic ability is the stuff of legends.
    The Midland Medical Center has benefited greatly from having a large number of physicians who were and are exceptional in their respective specialty. That, more than any other factor ,is why the organization has thrived . Dr. Dan Cline is one of those physicians.
    Our community is poorer for his passing .

  13. Vickie Draves

    01 February 2021 6 months ago

    Candy,. I am so sorry to hear about Dan. I was shocked but hold very good memories in my heart from 1992 to 1999. He was the best boss I have ever had. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Vicke Draves (Owens)

  14. Karen Billow

    31 January 2021 6 months ago

    I had the extraordinary honor of being Dr. Cline’s office nurse for almost 13 years. He truly was very compassionate and brilliant doctor. He would often express to me the love he had for Candy, family , friends . He was a big animal lover and always had a story to tell me about their animals every morning at work. I miss you Dr. Cline.
    Love and Prayers

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