The Rev. Dr. Daniel J. Simundson, 79, of Roseville, died Jan. 28.
He was born and raised in Seattle. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1955 from Stanford University and a bachelor of divinity degree from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 1959. Ordained as a minister in 1959, he was a church pastor in Mendon, Ill., until 1961, when he became hospital chaplain at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis (1961-67). He received a doctorate from Harvard University in 1971. Dan became a member of the Luther Seminary faculty in St. Paul in 1972 and was named professor of Old Testament in 1981. He taught for 31 years and during that time also held various deanships.
In 2000, Dan was awarded an honorary doctorate in theology from the University of Iceland. He was the author of more than six books on the Old Testament.
Dan was preceded in death by Sally, his wife of 38 years. Also preceding him were his brothers Leonard and Jonas “K” Simundson and sisters, Marjory Wesen and Dorothy Miller. Dan is survived by his daughters, Susan Simundson and Ann-Marie Pucillo; two sons-in-law Bruce Cryan and Fred Pucillo; three grandchildren; a brother, Luther Simundson (Jeanne); and his dear friend Patricia Kane.
Services were held Feb. 4 at Luther Seminary.