Daniel Blake Wilson, 59, of Ashland, Ore., died suddenly April 23, 2012, apparently of cardiac arrest.
Dan was born August 24, 1952, in Medford, Ore., to George and Kathleen Wilson. His early years were mostly spent in Portland, Ore., but the family returned to Medford while Dan was in grade school. He graduated from Medford Senior High School in 1970. He worked several years in the music business in Boston, Mass., and Seattle, Wash., before finishing his Bachelor's degree at the University of Washington in 1981. He subsequently obtained a Doctorate in Computer Education at the University of Oregon in 1988, and began teaching computer science the following year at Southern Oregon University. Dan was well-appreciated by his many students for his dedicated pedagogy and gentle wit. In the course of service to his department, he was eventually promoted to full professor and served as departmental chair.
Besides his thorough devotion to his students, Dan greatly enjoyed the outdoor life of Southern Oregon and playing his mandolin in several amateur musical ensembles. He loved living near Lithia Creek in his little cabin, even if such close proximity insured that he was forever attempting to flush raccoons from underneath his porch, a fact that he often joked about.
Dan is survived by two brothers, George and Mark, and their families. He will be laid to rest near his parents in the Hillcrest Memorial Park north of Medford. A celebration of Dan's life will be held at 2:00 p.m., June 2, 2012, in the plaza outside the Computer Science Department at Southern Oregon University. A plaque will be installed in tribute to his many years of university service.