Daniel Duane Bader, 67, of Clinton, Arkansas, departed from this world on Sunday, April 23, 2023. He was born February 13, 1956 in Sedgwick, Kansas to the late Duane and Caroline Woolheater-Bader.
Dan Bader was born and raised in Sedgwick Kansas. He met his wife, Amanda in kindergarten of all things. He has had 46 years of public service. His career started at Harvey County Sheriff Office as a night jailer in Newton in 1974, then he went off to join the navy in the 1977-81, stationed in Australia and Guam, then Newton Police Department, then joined back up with the Navy in 1982 and left in 1992 as a petty officer first class. Then he began another legacy as a Patrolman then Chief of Police in Sedgwick, Harvey County 911, the originator of Harvey County GIS, and finally one amazing career at the city of Wichita. Very few outsides of IT and even parts of IT itself have any clue of his importance to this organization. Chalk that up to him being very humble, and the fact that his office phone has been permanently forwarded for the past 15 years. The man does not have a college degree but I‘ve never met a smarter individual with broader range of programming, network, and GIS web infrastructure knowledge in my career of 26 years. He created the first GIS web site at the city in 2000. The city of Wichitas GIS entire infrastructure today he designed. He was instrumental in the creation of MobileView. The mapping application in police vehicles that has been around through multiple iterations since 2004! What software at the city can you compare that to? He created Address Verify for Police. The accuracy in that system for addresses, beats, zip codes I would challenge anyone to compare to any other municipality in the nation. GeoSmart, GeoCortex, ArcIMS, ArcGIS Server, and now ArcGIS Enterprise would not have been implemented successfully without him. He worries about his legacy here. He shouldn’t have to. He has had an amazing career and should be incredibly proud. He has permanently made his mark at the city of Wichita and throughout his decades of service. After his amazing career had finally come to retirement. Dan and Amanda finally retired on radio rd (how fitting) in Clinton, AR to enjoy spending some time with the new addition to the family, their granddaughter River Rose. Dan wanted to be in nature, to relax, and enjoy this life he’s fought so hard through.
Everything he tackles, he does with amazing passion: politics, Navy, Ham radios, trains, bitcoins, programming to name a couple. But especially his family and friends. His kids Kristen (Brian) and Dustin (Brittany), his grandchildren Alex, River, Walker and of course Amanda. They are his life. He is an amazing Dad and Grandpa. And his family are amazing people who reflect who Dan is, to them as well as his friends.
Dan was a selfless man that gave everything to those he loved and this country that he loved beyond measure.
Thank you RM1 Bader. You have completed your watch. It’s now time to rest. We love you and we will see you again sir.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 29, 2023, 11:00 a.m. at the Ozark View Funeral Home.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ozark View Funeral Home. To share a memory or condolences, please go to www.ozarkviewfuneralhome.com.
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