Daniel Michael Duffin

Daniel Michael Duffin, of Leavenworth, passed away, Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the age of 73. He was born June 29, 1944, in Leavenworth, the only child of Daniel L. and Margaret Eileen (Donovan) Duffin.

Daniel Michael Duffin

Dan grew up in a loving faith-filled family, attended Sacred Heart grade school and graduated in the class of ‘62 from Immaculata High School. He was a graduate of Rockhurst College and began his accounting and business career at Arthur Andersen, moving on to KUMC where he eventually became the Comptroller. In 1976, Dr. Pierre Keitges, a pathologist and Director of Laboratories at KUMC convinced Dan to leave KU to start a medical laboratory business. The deal was made that Dr. K. would oversee the medical component and Dan would manage the business, always putting patient care first. He loved his work and his co-workers at Physicians Reference Laboratory (PRL). He enjoyed and valued the personal and business relationships formed as PRL flourished. As a result, he served in numerous organizations and on several boards, in both the secular and Catholic communities.

Also in 1976, Dan met the love of his life, Judy A. (Mahlman) Jaqua. They married in 1980 in Olathe, Kan. and moved to the farm in Leavenworth County. She survives of the home. A beloved husband, he became a proud loving father to Jeff (Karen) Jaqua, Julie Lesniak and her husband John, and an awesome “Pa” to Lauren (Aaron) Hannon, Ryan Jaqua and Alexandria Lesniak. More recently he became a grandfather to Karen’s children, Jonathan, Hayley, Courtney and Trevor Finch. He sincerely cared about his family and friends. Judy’s Minnesota families, Gary, Ron and Charlie (Marcia) Mahlman and their families became his.

In 2008, after 32 years at PRL Dan retired to enjoy more time with his family and interests. He loved everything outdoors, he was a gardener, hunter, fisherman, golfer, sports fan, and wanna-be heavy equipment operator.

Dan was preceded in death by his birth father, his mother and step-father, Glenn Jackson, grandparents, aunts and uncles and a sister-in-law, Cheryl Mahlman.

He will be missed but never forgotten by his family, friends and business associates. Truly a gentle-man.

Visitation beginning with the rosary will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, at Sacred Heart Church with Rev. William McEvoy and Rev. Richard Storey as celebrants. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Xavier Catholic School Capital Fund, American Heart Association or American Lung Association.