Daniel Dean Doyle, 84, died peacefully in the love of his family after a battle with Alzheimer’s and complications. He was born Bert & Josie Doyle in Lewistown, Illinois. Josie is a housewife and Bert is a factory worker at Caterpillar. To add to the family’s income, Bert and Josie and their son built the humble house, lived in it while they built it, and sold it when it was finished. Dan helped his parents mix mortar, carry bricks and learn valuable carpentry and general construction skills in these projects. Burt was also an avid inventor and created several gadgets for his son Dan, such as a circular spinning swing made from a boat motor, which excited Dan and his friends, But it frightened his mother.
Dan graduated from East Peoria High School and then attended the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree and a law degree. On August 29, 1959, he married his high school girlfriend, Kirby Johnson. He began his career at the FBI and worked in the South for several years during civil rights violence and unrest. During the march in Selma, Alabama, Dan was attacked by a KKK member who later attacked Martin Luther King Jr. While working at the FBI, he met Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis and J. Edgar Hoover.
After honing his investigative skills with the FBI, Dan sought to work in the legal system. That dream came true in 1965 when Winnebago County State Attorney William Nash hired Dan as assistant state attorney. He left for two years to work in private practice with Dan King and John McNamara (the future mayor of Rockford) before state attorney Philip G. Reinhard hired him to return to the state attorney’s office The Officer’s Office serves as the Director of the Criminal Division.
In 1976, with the help of his family and many supporters, Dan was elected State’s Attorney and served in that role for 12 years, handling major cases including murders, kidnappings, and home invasions. Dan went on to serve as a judge for 13 years, half of which was Judge of the Illinois Court of Appeals.
In his personal life, Dan has a wide range of interests, including performing in community theater. In the early 1970s he played Clarence Darrow with a local troupe in The Winds of Inheritance, and in 1976 at the New American Theatre in Rockford as Atticus Darrow in To Kill a Mockingbird. finch. Follies is a charitable event held annually to raise funds for the nonprofit Prairie State Legal Services. He enjoys advising and supporting his 2 grandchildren who participate in the local community theater, and often encourages them to include vaudeville in auditions.
Dan is a devoted St. Louis Cardinals fan since he played baseball as a pitcher in high school. Dan and Kirby also love to travel, they love to travel abroad many times, and they love to visit North America and most of the United States. Dan’s favorite activity is reading, and this love of reading led to his final career – writing novels. Dan has created two unpublished legal thrillers, as well as a successful play called “Waste Mismanagement,” which opened in 2012 at the Peck Theatre Theatre in Pekka Tonica, Illinois to a full 9 The show was later performed at a community theater in Louisiana, where Dan and Kirby attended in 2014.
Throughout his family and career, Dan set an example of integrity and character. He is keenly committed to the balance of fairness and justice. He makes all decisions with prudence and thorough insight. He takes honesty and doing the right thing very seriously. Dan is very supportive and dedicated to his family. Dan also has a wicked sense of humor and likes to please his family with unexpected silliness. He was loved by future generations.
Dan’s wife Kirby, daughter Hilary Hofstedt (Tom), son Brian (Dara) and his three grandchildren Jacob Hofstedt and Paige Hofstedt Survived with Emma Doyle and two step-grandchildren Nathan and Jonah and sisters – legal Carla James, Carolyn Johnson and Judy Johnson and nieces Sarah (Tim) Schlegel and Kim (Randy) Spaw. His parents and his brother-in-law, Larry Johnson, died before him.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at Olson Funeral Home at 2811 North Avenue in Rockford from 1-4pm.
In lieu of flowers, consider donating to Prairie Street Legal Services, 303 N. Main St, Rockford, IL 61101, or OSF Home Health & Hospice, 9951 Rock Cut Crossing, Loves Park, IL 61111
Published online August 6, 2022
Posted in Rockford Register Star