Dan Klinglesmith

Dan Klinglesmith

On July 27, 2019 at 5:25a.m., the Klinglesmith family lost Daniel Alexander Klinglesmith III after a brief battle with cancer.

Dan worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt Maryland for 30 years, where he was head of image processing for the IUE satellite, which launched in 1978. After retirement he and his wife Gerry moved to Socorro in 1996 where he worked for New Mexico Tech teaching astronomy. He was active in the Boy and Girl Scouts, educational outreach, and astronomy, working with John Briggs at the Lyceum in Magdalena, New Mexico.

Dr. Dan the Astroman, as he was often known, went on to become a masterful weaver after studying at Ghost Ranch in the early nineties. He remained active in the Socorro Fiber Arts Guild, and loved to travel. He went everywhere from a scuba diving cruise where they were able to see a full eclipse to learning more about weaving styles globally. Some of his favorite activities were to eat chocolate, drink whiskey, and make terrible puns. He could cocoa up a pun in a flash, particularly when whiskey was involved.

Dan and his wife, Gerry, share a birthday and it was using this as an excuse that he asked Gerry out for their first date, a right he earned through a poker game with friends. Married for 56 years, he certainly won that game.

Born August 18, 1939, he is survived by his wife, Geraldine “Gerry” S. Klinglesmith, his children Dan Klinglesmith IV (Lauree), Chrissie (Ed) Devinney, Jimmy (Alison) Klinglesmith, and Michael (Kelly) Klinglesmith, his grandchildren Daniel Klinglesmith V, Nicholas Klinglesmith, Zachery Klinglesmith, Hannah Devinney and Liam Devinney, and his great-grandson Daniel Klinglesmith VI.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Socorro Rotary Foundation, PO Box 972, Socorro, N.M., 87801. Please designate “Imagination Library” on the memo line.