Dan L. Katis

Dan L. Katis

July 26, 1956 – August 30, 2022

Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, cousin and friend, Dan Katis passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 30, 2022. Born July 26, 1956, in Salt Lake City to Gus M. and E. Jean Abrams Katis, he was the fourth of their six children in a big fat Greek family.

Dan was a great son, an amazing and nurturing role model to his little brothers, and a steadfast protector of his big sister. His childhood was filled with family and friends, love and laughter. The people and experiences in his life were what made it worth living. As a young man, Dan was happiest tooling around town in his Fiat or skiing and hiking in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains.

He graduated from Hillcrest High School and attended the University of Utah. He soon went to work for Union Pacific, from which he retired after 41+ years of dedicated service as an engineer. He was a proud card-carrying union man, and always true Blue at the ballot box.

Dan married Kelly Smith (later divorced) with whom he had two wonderful children. In 1979, he moved his young family to Omaha to start a new position with UP. He quickly fell in love with the city that he would proudly call home for the rest of his life.

While working grueling shifts to provide an amazing life for his family, Dan tackled finishing his college degree. He graduated from Bellevue University with a degree in business management.

Dan found love again when he met Marsha McKinley, who filled his heart with happiness and joy every single day. They were married on September 16, 2011, and spent a decade dancing, laughing and loving. She was his world and he loved her with all of his heart.

A dedicated Kansas City Royals fan, he enjoyed attending the games at Kauffman Stadium. He was always loyal to his Huskers, standing by them in victory or defeat. Dan also was an accomplished golfer and loved hitting the links with his dad and brother, John.

Preceded in death by his father; brother, Ted; grandparents; aunts; uncle; cousin; stepson, Jeremy McKinley. He is survived by his loving wife, Marsha; daughter, Lyndsey (Jerid Foster); son, Nick, Omaha; mother, Jean, siblings: Michael, Sandra, John, and Christopher (Kelly Huntington), Salt Lake; daughter-in-law, Jennifer McKinley (fiancé Tom Raudenbush); grandchildren: Haili and Alexa Foster, Anthony, Nathan and Abby McKinley; and dear friends: Katy, Mike and Alex Gillinger, all of Omaha.

VISITATION: Saturday, September 10th from 10am to 11am at the West Center Chapel, followed by FUNERAL SERVICE at 11am.  Memorials will be directed by the family.

Dan will forever be missed by everyone who was luckily enough to be loved by him.

To view a live broadcast of the Service, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.



  • Braxton Katis Posted September 6, 2022 7:56 pm

    This breaks my heart. I’m so sorry for your loss you are in our hearts. Love always Braxton Katis Amanda Power and Kaydence Katis.

  • Steve and Lisa Posted September 6, 2022 9:36 pm

    Farewell sweet cousin.

  • Jan (Katis) Davidson Posted September 8, 2022 8:44 am

    My (always) Family,
    Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all. This one hit really hard and unexpected. John remember how much your buphoe- brother (sp) loved you and your love for him. I can only imagine the big fat greek reunion in heaven. I am positive dad and Ted’s happinessis is off the charts!
    I know life will not be the same. Family was very important to Dan and getting his approval and passing the brother test to marry into the family was a good laugh for us
    In all honesty it was an honor to call him brother. I love you all!!

  • Rhonda Kelley Posted September 8, 2022 11:22 am

    To the Katis Family,
    We were so sorry to here of Dan’s passing. We are sending love, blessings and comfort to you all during this difficult time. I hope knowing that he has been reunited with his heavenly family provides some comfort! Love, Paul and Rhonda Kelley, Murray, UT!

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