Dan Hauserman Sr., who with his wife, Joan, built the Cobblestone Center in Tahoe City, died on March 12 at the age of 89 in Palm Springs. His kids saw him as the world’s most adoring husband, inseperable from Mom for 65 years. He was the last of nine children who, at 19, entered WWII as an army private, spending three years in Europe and Africa.

In 1960 he moved to Tahoe from Menlo Park with five children; the sixth came along in 1966. In 1964, looking for a way to make a living, Dan and Joan purchased the Lake Chalet Motel in the center of Tahoe City. They moved the buildings off the property and began construction of the Cobblestone in 1966. At the time, there were no other shopping centers in Tahoe City, and many thought they were crazy to build one. But they had great faith in the future potential of Tahoe, and a willingness to work hard to make it happen.

After 25 years at Tahoe, Dan and Joan retired to Palm Springs and Muskoka Lakes in Ontario, Canada, where he spent as much time as possible cruising in his beloved classic wooden boat Woodmere, which was built for his father in 1938. He will be remembered as both a true gentleman and a gentle man, who was always appreciative for the precious moments of life. He loved to sing, laugh, and tell a corny joke. Dad, thanks for the memories.

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~ Tim Hauserman, child #5

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