Dan was born and raised in Tuolumne County where he is a fourth-generation native. He attended Sonora Union High School and graduated in 1979 where he was active in sports playing football and pole vaulted in Track and Field. After graduating, he spent the next 27 years at his family's Propane business his father started in 1963. Starting as a Service Technician and working his way up to becoming a company manager. In 2006 the family decided it was time to move on to other interests and opportunities.
Dan had always had an interest in Real Estate and became a full-time agent in 2007. It didn't take long to figure out that land, ranches, hunting, and recreation properties were his primary interest. Keeping a family business model, Dan enjoys teaming up with his son Wes Durnall who is also an agent with California Outdoor Properties, to provide quality service to their clients throughout California.
Dan and his wife Julie have two children, Wes and Jessica. His life's passions have always been hunting, fishing, riding horses, raising beef, rodeo, the western lifestyle, competitive trap shooting, being a private pilot, and spending time in the high country. Dan also enjoyed helping and supporting his kids in 4-H beef and swine projects. Dan spends his leisure time in the fall, hunting deer and elk in and out of state, while in the spring and summer, he fishes Bass Tournaments, enjoys fly fishing, and spends time with his family at their high country cabin.
Dan has always kept active in his community. As a member of the Elks, Rotary, and the Mule Deer Foundation. A longtime member and past Captain of the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Posse, and currently a co-director of the Mother Lode Round-Up, a PRCA professional rodeo held on Mother's Day weekend in Sonora.