Dan M Rasco passed from this life on Monday, February 22, 2021 at his home in Bethel, Texas. He was 83 years old and the second son of Ruby Coker Rasco, a schoolteacher at Walton School, and Norvald Jensen of Bethel. Growing up in Poteet, Tx with his mother and stepfather, Lee L Rasco, Dan played football and went on to serve in the US Navy after graduating in 1956. He married Carolyn J Dauwe of Poteet and had three children: Barbara, Cindy, and Brian. He made a living for his family by working as a truckdriver, lineman and civilian contractor at Medina Base. Later in Rockport, he did shipyard construction, commercial shrimping, ran a filling station, and constructing of offshore oil drilling rigs.
Returning to Bethel in 1980, he and second wife, Ann Martin, purchased land and began raising cattle and building their log home. He worked at Bethel-Ash Water for many years maintaining the water lines. Dan had a passion for antique cars and mechanical things, and was an inventor, always looking to improve something. He took special joy in teaching others the old ways, working with Boy Scouts, telling stories of his exploits. He loved his dogs and was a loyal friend. If anyone had a need, Dan was there to be sure the need was met. He and his late wife Ann were long-time members of the Bethel Christian Church.
Dan is proceeded in death by his wife Ann Rasco, his parents Ruby and Norvald, his stepfather Lee Rasco and his brother James Arlan Rasco. He is survived by first wife Carolyn Rasco, his son Brian Rasco, daughters Cynthia Rasco and Barbara James; by stepsons Wade Martin, Dale Martin, and Clay Martin; nieces Diana Rasco-Lee and Donna Rasco-Pahl. Grandchildren: David James (Ginger), Allison James Proffitt (Matt); James Rasco (Annie) and Robert Rasco; Great grandchildren: Davenly, Logan, Luke and Evelyn Rasco; Brent and Kaden Rasco; Tyler Wright, Adelyn, Miles and Luke Proffitt.
A memorial of Dan’s life will be held at the Bethel Christian Church at noon, Saturday, March 20th at Bethel Christian Church. Come share a meal and share your memories. Internment afterward will be at Meredith Campground Cemetery on CR 3901 in Henderson County. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Bethel Christian Church or Meredith Campground Cemetery Assn. is suggested.