Descendant of Shasta County Pioneers Rides On: Daniel Charles Bystle – 8/11/48 – 7/20/14

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The historic Bystle House in Old Shasta, California, still stands, yet after a struggle with complications from cancer, Dan Charles Bystle, a Shasta County native son of the pioneer Daniel Potter Bystle family, left us on July 20, 2014 at 2:20 p.m. at Mercy Hospital in Redding.

A student at Anderson High and graduate of Shasta High School, Dan was 65 when he passed.

Dan Bystle died July 20 at age 65.

Dan Bystle honorably served his beloved country as a sergeant in the United States Air Force Black Beret Special Forces, Red Horse Unit. He served in combat and under frequent fire in the Vietnam conflict. Dan enjoyed his brotherhood with the American Legion Post #746 in Cottonwood.

Dan was a co-founder and past president of the “Brothers in the Wind” motorcycle club of Shasta County. The club was known for being the first motorcycle club to organize the “Toy For Tots” drives that helped underprivileged kids and families at Christmastime.

He was an avid outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman who knew Shasta County like the back of his hand. Dan was a passionate bluesman and harmonica player who was often seen sitting in with local music groups like “Backbone Jones,” “Fire Mountain Rock,” and “Left Hook”.

He was preceded in death by his parents Carmen Alicia Richmond and William Adolph Bystle, Jr., and brother Duane Dale Davis, all of Redding.

Dan is survived by his son Dan Bystle Jr., daughter-in-law Jenny Bystle, and granddaughter Danika Bystle, all of Redding. He is also survived by his siblings, sister Carmen Teresa Davis and brother Alan Ernesto Phillips, both of Redding and a sister, Elmer Lee Weber of Weed; as well as his uncle Russell Hansen and aunt Connie Hansen of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

If you knew and enjoyed Dan, as did his dear family and friends, come and celebrate the life and times of Dan Bystle Sr. on July 31 and August 1, 2014. Any donations received will be appreciated used for burial expenses.

The July 31 service will be held at 9 a.m. at McDonald’s Cemetery, 1201 Continental Street, in Redding. A United States Air Force contingent from Beale Air Force Base will honor Dan and his service with a formal military salute and the playing of taps. The service will be officiated by Mr. Don Leedy.

The memorial service will be held for Dan the following day, 6 to 9 p.m., Sat., Aug. 1, at the American Legion Hall, 4309 Vallecito Street in Shasta Lake City, California. Expect to celebrate Dan Bystle the way he would have wanted it: Loud and proud!

For more information, please feel welcome to call Dan’s family at respectable times during this time of great loss: Dan Bystle Jr. 530-515-7006 or Jenny Bystle at 530-999-1379.



Alan Ernesto Phillips
Alan Ernesto Phillips is a son of Shasta County and proud father of two daughters. He is a Clio and multi-Telly award-winning filmmaker who produced and directed political campaigns for congressmen, senators, governors and one president (Ronald Reagan). His national clients also included Coca-Cola, NIKE, CBS News and NOVA documentaries. He is a former Board Chairman and Public Affairs Officer for the Northern California Hispanic Latino Coalition. Alan currently serves as Director of the 27th District Agricultural Association and as a north state liaison to the Hate Crimes Task Force under the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento.
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6 Responses

  1. Avatar Jon Haro says:

    Dan, you were a “Good Man”, I was honored and proud to call you my friend. We will meet again.

  2. Many memories of the good times with Dan. We send our condolences to his family and loved ones. His service to our Country will be forever remembered and appreciated. Rest in peace, dear friend. Ginger & Howard McCartin

  3. I remember you well Dan! I will not forget you and I am proud to have known you! Rest in Peace! God Bless you and your family!

  4. Avatar Brenna Bosshardt says:

    Dear Dan, Thank you for serving for our Freedom, Thank you for Sharing your Kindness, and caring for so many, It was so fun Riding with you the memory will be with me forever, The Last Dance we Danced another good memory, Thank you for being a wonderful friend and sharing your time with me it was always a nice time, You are a true Gentleman a great man, I will hold you close to my heart always, I will never forget you ~ Rest in peace my dear friend. May we meet on the other side some day, Love Brenna Bosshardt ~ God bless you Dan and your Beautiful Family for ever ~

  5. Avatar Linda Gutierrez says:

    Dan, I will sure miss that smile and happy way about you! I was so sorry to see that you left us. I know you are no longer suffering and I am sure you are with your Mom and brother and other family that have passed. I will always remember you and your kindness to me and your friendship. You will be missed.

  6. Avatar Leslie King says:

    R.I.P. Dan