61-year-old Dan McIntyre was loved by everyone he met. They appreciated his Southern charm, his beautiful smile and blue eyes, his wit, and his colorful clothing choices that exemplified the Palm Springs lifestyle he so enjoyed. His motto for living was: “Live life as best you can while you can”. Dan died at his home in Palm Springs, California at the age of 61 on June 21, 2022. He had a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer that began with his diagnosis in November 2020. Eventually, the cancer began to attack aggressively, and he entered hospice care at home. Her beloved husband, Norman Luke, was by her side as he took one last breath and gently passed to the other side. Dan was born in Shreveport, LA on May 10, 1961. He is the only child of Dr. DR McIntyre, MD and Marjorie Jane Hill McIntyre, both of Shreveport, LA. Dan attended the University of Mississippi for two semesters. His father died near the end of his second semester, and Dan withdrew from school to return to Shreveport to help care for his mother. Rather than return to Ole Miss, Dan decided to pursue a career in cosmetology and trained at Guy’s Academy in Shreveport, LA. After passing the State Board exam, he began doing hairstyling at various salons in Shreveport. In 1983, at age 22, he opened Ultimate Appearances Salon in a custom-designed building in Shreveport. Dan’s goal with Ultimate Appearances was to bring a West Coast aesthetic to Shreveport. Dan was especially proud that the salon was finally named Louisiana Salon of the Year by Modern Salons Magazine. The show became extremely popular and continued to grow to the point that Dan later opened a second location for Ultimate Appearances in Shreveport. In 1986 he built a beautiful state-of-the-art home on Cross Lake in Shreveport. It has become the site of several fundraising events for area charities. In 1992 Dan decided to move to Los Angeles, California because he had always loved visiting California. There he began a career selling hair care and beauty products in territory that included San Bernardino and Riverside County. As he was building his business, he decided to move to the Palm Springs area. While in Palm Springs, he began a 10-year relationship with his partner, Alex Sanchez. Dan and Alex then moved to homes in Temecula, Lake Elsinore, and eventually San Diego. Dan lived in San Diego for many years until he moved to Dallas, TX in 2008. He met his best friend and husband, Norman Luke, in Dallas, TX in late 2008. They then moved for a some time in Austin, TX. Dan missed his beloved California, so they moved to Palm Springs in 2014. Dan and Norman married in January 2019. Dan and Norman became active in the Palm Springs gay and lesbian community, including various charities and policies. Dan was an advocate for the progressive political organizations they supported, including DAP Health Partners for Life, the Ocotillo Club at the LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert, Desert Stonewall Democrats, and Equality California. They have also supported animal rescue and support organizations including Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter and California Paws Rescue. Dan has loved his many pets over the years since childhood, which he called his babies. Her current beautiful baby, Titan, is a Pomsky (Pomeranian and Siberian Husky mix). Titan is known for his striking blue eyes which match Dan’s eyes. Dan will be missed by countless friends in Shreveport, Texas and California. On Facebook, he developed relationships with followers everywhere. Dan liked to talk and easily met people. His fabulous outfits made a statement wherever he went. He loved to cook and was known to host fabulous dinner parties at his home in Palm Springs. His love of travel has taken him to many great places and he has always had a special connection to his favorite country, Italy. Dan will be buried in a crypt at the Mausoleum of Serenity at El Camino Memorial Park in San Diego, Calif., on Saturday July 2, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. Following a service at the mausoleum, a reception will be held. A celebration of life will be held in Palm Springs at a future date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network or any cancer support organization of your choice would be appreciated. Also, since Dan loved animals so much, a donation to any animal support organization would be welcome.
Posted on June 30, 2022
Published in the Shreveport Times
El Camino Memorial Park 5600 Carroll Canyon Road San Diego, CA 92121
July 02, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.