May 29, 1950 – July 8, 2013
Daniel F. Specht, 63, of McGregor, Iowa, died as a result of a farm accident on July 8, 2013.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Pike’s Peak State Park at McGregor, led by Reverend Dr. Jennifer Edinger. Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Monona, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.
Dan was born May 29, 1950, in Monticello, Iowa, the son of Max and Loretta Thalacker Specht. His education began in a one-room school, followed by graduation from Monticello High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Northern Iowa. Dan lived and farmed near McGregor from 1973 until the time of his death.
Dan was a passionate conservationist who employed farming practices that promoted diverse plant species as well as habitat for songbirds and other wildlife. His love of fishing and hunting gave him joy in his recreation.
Dan was prolific in his ideas and constant in his support for sustainable farming practices, serving as a board member on the Land Stewardship Project (LSP), Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI), Award Committee for Sustainable Agriculture, Research and Education (SARE), and the USDA Task Force on the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone. He testified often in Washington, D.C., providing expertise on conservation, sustainable agricultural practices, and farming issues related to systemic change in policy. His leadership in agricultural issues spanned local, regional, statewide and national arenas.
Dan was a leader and visionary who gave voice to a human food production system that would fit into the natural world and would add to the value of what is done in the process.
Because Dan gave freely of his experience and expertise, in lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial funds be sent to Practical Farmers of Iowa, earmarking the beginning farmer-grazier program in memory of Dan Specht and his profound knowledge and contribution to sustainable farming and living and, as Dan would have said, “how it all fits together.”
Dan is survived by his four siblings: David Specht, New Lisbon, Wis.; Elizabeth (Steve) Johnson, Monticello; Paul (Kim) Specht, Monticello; Philip (Sharon) Specht, McGregor; many nieces and nephews; and his very close friend, Mary Damm. He was preceded in death by his parents and his nephew, Nathan Specht.
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