Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 28, 2013

Dan W. Giroux


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NORTHPORT — Dan "Can Do" Giroux, 63, of Northport, Mich., passed away on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Munson Medical Center, Traverse City, Mich.

Dan was born on Feb. 15, 1949, in Pontiac, Mich., the son of William and Gladys (Boice) Giroux. On Aug. 25, 1989, in Waterford, Mich., he married Linda Cosellin-Dargis, who survives.

Dan graduated from Waterford/Kettering High School in 1967, attended Adrian College on a baseball scholarship and played for the St. Louis Cardinals Farm Team in the late 1960s. After returning home, he joined First Federal Savings and Loan in Pontiac, Mich., and was quickly promoted to a position in the Mortgage Department.

Dan and his wife Linda moved to Northport in 1996 and with his vast knowledge of banking and mortgage experience, pioneered the sub-prime mortgage market in northern Michigan. His entertaining and "larger-than-life" personality was welcomed by everyone and easily recognized in his catchy radio and TV commercials.

Dan loved sports and was an avid fisherman, traveling to Canada and parts of the U.S. with many friends for new fishing adventures and "stories." In 1995, he helped coach the Suttons Bay High School Baseball Team to a Division Title.

Dan was known by his family as "Big Bears" and "Grandpa Dan," while others knew him as "Can Do." His spirit and memory will always be known in every life he touched, and remembered forever.

In addition to his loving wife of 23 years, Dan is survived by his children, Michael Dargis, Melissa Dargis, and Jason (Laura) Dargis; and three grandchildren, Adrian, Jake, and Dylan.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay, Mich. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m. at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Northport, Mich., with a visitation held one hour prior. Burial will be at Leelanau Township Cemetery in the spring. Rev. Tom Otis will officiate.

Memorials may be directed to American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), www.aspca.org and/or to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org.

Please share thoughts and memories with Dan's family on their online guestbook at www.record-eagle.com/obituaries/

Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay, Mich.