May 13, 1992
Daniel W. Feather
He was born June 29, 1947, in Jamestown, a son of H. Lloyd and Audrey Liedblad Feather.
He was the husband of the former Verna Kozakovsky, whom he married June 23, 1984.
Feather joined the Jamestown police force in 1974 and served many years in the street crimes unit and was an active member of the SWAT team. He had served as an instructor for the police academy and as a range officer for the county and Jamestown police forces. He was a highly distinguished shooter on the local, state and international levels, earning many awards. He was an active member of the National Rifle Association and presently served as vice-president of the Jamestown Rifle Club.
He graduated from Jamestown High School in 1965 and earned an associate degree from Jamestown Community College in 1967 and an undergraduate degree from the State University College at Buffalo in 1970.
He was an active member of Epworth Christ United Methodist Church, where he had been a past member of the administrative board and of the church softball team.
Feather began his running career in the Jamestown Public Schools, and it continued as a life-long interest, culminating in the New York State and International Police Olympics, where he earned numerous gold and silver medals. His major accomplishments were in the 400 meters, intermediate hurdles, and 800 meters.
In 1979, he co-founded the Chautauqua Striders Track Club with Ron Graham and served as a volunteer coach for several years.
He participated in the New York State Police Olympics Biathlon in Lake Placid in 1988, taking two first-place finishes. For several years, he also participated successfully in the Mayville, Bemus Point, Edinboro, and Kinzua triathlons. He won gold medals several times for completing the Chautauqua Overland Ski Marathon and the Tug Hill 50K Tourathons.
He had been the lone recipient of the Chautauqua County Gold Achievement Award for personal fitness, issued by County Executive Andrew Goodell. He was a member of the Jamestown Kendall Club.
Surviving, besides his wife, are his parents; a brother, Melvin Feather of Frewsburg; and a sister, Nancy Liedblad of Newbury Park, Calif.
The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Epworth Christ United Methodist Church. The Rev. Jay G. Roberts, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery.
The additional financial assistance of the community is critical to the success of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame. We gratefully acknowledge these individuals and organizations for their generous support.