Dan Kimball was born in Malad, Idaho but was raised in Granger, Utah (now called West Valley City) just outside of Salt Lake City. He graduated from Granger High School in 1969 having lettered 2 years in football and 1 year in track. He began attending BYU in the summer of 1969. By March of 1970 he was called on a mission for the LDS church to Northern Japan. He attended 2 months of language training in Laie, Hawaii, and then served as a missionary in Japan until March of 1972. He immediately entered the block program of BYU and continued through the summer. A few weeks before the beginning of the fall semester he received a draft notice and was ordered to report for induction. He enlisted for 3 years in the Army Security Agency to avoid a random military assignment. After boot camp at Fort Ord, California, he attended the Defense Language Institute at the Presidio of Monterey, California for a year learning the Polish Language. Afterwards he attended a 2 month school in San Angelo, Texas to learn the operation of equipment and the organization of the National Security Agency and then spent a month at Ft. Meade, Maryland touring the headquarters of the NSA. He was then shipped to Augsburg, Germany and for the next year and a half intercepted Polish Military Communications. Upon his return in 1976, he re-enrolled at BYU and completed his BS in chemistry. He married just prior to going to Germany and his first son was born in a Military Hospital in Augsburg. He graduated from BYU in 1978 with a BS in Chemistry and and a minor in Physics. He graduated in 1980 from San Diego State University with a MS in Chemistry. He has also a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Math and Science from National University as well a a Community College Teaching Credential in Chemistry from the state of California.
Mr. Kimball was a teaching assistant at San Diego State for 2 years teaching freshman chemistry labs. He worked for California Citrus Producers for 11 years as Director of Quality Control/Research and Development in the Porterville area. He raised a family of 5 children in the town where their mother grew up. He has over 20 publications in citrus processing and education including 3 books on citrus processing used around the world. He left CCPI to join Lyons Magnus in Fresno as their Quality Control Director. After setting up their quality control computer system and managing 20 employees and the quality control of hundreds of products, he left and became an independent consultant. He taught math and physical science part-time for the Delano Center of Bakersfield College for 15 years, chemistry part-time for Fresno City College for 5 years, and chemistry part-time for Reedley College for 6 years. He has taught all levels of freshman inorganic chemistry, all levels of algebra, geometry, math analysis, statistics, and physical science. In 2001 he accepted a full time chemistry and physics teaching job at Corcoran High School for one semester and then taught math for two years at Lindsay High School. He taught chemistry and physical science for Bakersfield College as a full-time temporary employee for a year and a half before accepting a full-time tenure track position in the fall of 2005. He currently teaches a variety of chemistry and physical science courses for Bakersfield College and is a tenured full professor of physical science.