Dane was born on August 9, 1996, and he passed away on November 5, 2018. He was only 22 years old. He was currently studying at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to become a drug and alcohol therapist. His goal in life was to help others. This was not just a career he was working towards, but also the way he lived his life. He touched every heart he ever came in contact with. Everyone loved Dane. His sense of humor was only one of his many qualities, and he could make even the hardest of hearts laugh like there’s no tomorrow.
Dane was drawn towards the brokenhearted. He always wanted to help those in need. I watched him give his last $20 on many occasions to a homeless person; he would buy them food if needed. Dane wanted to change the world, one heart at a time. His genuine care and love for others was not only infectious, but something people actually strive for in life. He was caring, compassionate, selfless, and giving. He would honestly give whatever he had to help someone in need. Dane was also very intelligent. His mind was so vast and always open to new ideas. I learned from him on a daily basis. He was the least judgmental person I'd ever met, and taught me that I have no right to judge others because I haven’t walked their path.
Dane loved the outdoors, writing music, animals, and above all, his family. He always considered others’ feelings when making decisions. He was very spiritual and loved to talk about this to anyone interested. He’d see God’s miracles and wanted to share that with everyone. Dane was an organ donor, and we were lucky enough to be in the position to donate his organs when he passed. Because of his gift, he was able to save 3 lives. The pride we feel because of his selflessness is unreal.
We lost him way too early. God can only know the accomplishments he was capable of had he stayed. But God had other plans for him. We’ve always said that Dane was our angel and now he truly is. He’s with us always and watching out for us. He is now with his true Father and no harm can ever come to him. We miss him more than words can ever begin to say. Sending Dane to space just seems right. He and I spent many nights out looking at the stars wondering what might be out there. Now he gets to find out.
We love you baby. Spread your wings and fly. And in the words of the famous Jimi Hendrix … “Excuse me while I kiss the sky!”