Dan Boone was a graduate of Texas A&M University and a biologist with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department for more than 20 years. He died March 16, 1995 while conducting aerial bald eagle surveys in East Texas. Dan's family and friends have chosen to honor his memory in this way.
Dan Boone was a biologist with expansive interests in native plants and animals. His career with TPWD began with the newly expanded nongame project. Throughout his career, Dan maintained an interest in lessor-known species. Because of this expertise, he often received assignments for investigations on these species. He had an abiding dedication to furbearers, conducting graduate work on mink and the principal investigator on an extensive TPWD study of river otters in Texas. Interestingly, he was also an early advocate for increased attention to the status of alligator snapping turtles and canebrake rattlesnakes. His early work contributed to the foundation of current regard for these species. However, he was a dedicated hunter and fisherman, refusing to relinquish any ground to anti-hunting factions. Dan Boone was one of the last highly skilled field naturalists who endured in an era of an increasing fascination with technology in wildlife management.
Dan especially enjoyed waterfowl and upland game bird hunting. In traditional style, he placed much value on Labrador retrievers as a vital part of the sport. Dan and his hunting companions, Clint and Ely Mallori, set forth developing their own special strain of Labs. These dogs were highly intelligent, naturally motivated in retrieving, and extremely personable as canine companions. Dan and his allies were exacting in their choice of breeding and the release of puppies from this line of Labradors. Those who came to own one of these exceptional dogs developed a special appreciation for the rigor Dan demanded. You didn't qualify to own one of these special Labs unless you were dedicated to training and hunting the dog. Dan's dogs were working dogs and he was determined for them to be treated accordingly.
Dan Boone was a productive researcher, an outdoorsman of exceptional skill, a sportsman of high ethics, a gentleman with a ready sense of humor, and a faithful friend. His passing was a great loss to his family, friends, co-workers, and to wildlife conservation.