COUNCIL BLUFFS — Longtime political figure Arlyn Danker is being remembered as a “good servant” and a “good guy” by people who either knew or served with him.
Danker, formerly of Minden, died Sunday at Northcrest Living Center. He was 88.
He served in the Iowa House of Representatives and on the Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors for many years.
Bob Williams, who served with Danker on the Board of Supervisors for 10 years, described Danker as “very conscientious.”
“We didn’t always agree, but we always stayed friends,” he said. “He got there early and stayed late. He was a good servant.”
Williams added that Danker was easy to get along with but “very businesslike.”
Stan Grote, who also served on the board with Danker, said Danker was a “nice guy” and “usually came prepared to the meetings. He was knowledgeable about what was going on in the county. He understood rural roads and rural concerns better than I did.”
Danker was a state representative for many years before serving as a county supervisor. He also made an unsuccessful run for U.S. Congress.
Tom Hanafan, who served as Council Bluffs’ mayor during the time Danker was on the county board, said, “He did a good job. He was a good guy.”
Danker was born in Council Bluffs and graduated from Oakland High School in 1945. He was a lifelong farmer, mostly in the Minden area.
The funeral is at 11 a.m. today at the Minden United Church of Christ.