March 12, 1950 - December 14, 2011

A heart generous enough to love us all has stopped. Our beloved Dan has left us and this world to journey on beyond the sunset.

Dan was a California boy. Born in San Mateo, he spend his early childhood on a sheep ranch in Santa Rosa, then moved at age nine to Lafayette. Many of the classmates he met there are still in his life today.

After a short stint living in a house full of guys in the hills of Orinda, Dan joined the Navy Reserve as a naval aviator working in anti-submarine warfare. He moved to the tiny island of Alameda in the San Francisco Bay in 1975 and he was home to stay. Dan loved Alameda fiercely, and was very proud last December to move into the "only penthouse on the island".

Dan worked for PG&E for 22 years, starting as gas serviceman and working his way into management. He was active in public speaking for energy conservation, and was their Corporate Speaker of the Year in 1986.

After he retired from PG&E, he worked as a consultant in the lighting industry, and as a para-transit driver and dispatcher.

Dan loved guitars and he had quite a collection. He was a smoking hot rock and roll guitar player, and played with number of bay area bands.

Recently Dan had started acting, working with Liquid Mind Improv troupe. He also had parts in several television shows, movies and short films. He often worked as boom operator and sound assistant on film sets.

He loved to travel, attend concerts, shop for musical gear, help out whenever he was needed, mentor his younger friends, and do all he could to make this world a better place.

He liked everybody's kids, especially the babies, and always regretted that he had none of his own. He also loved Dalmatian puppies.

Dan was predeceased by his parents Paul Daly and Dorris Vitek. He is survived by his sister Colleen Kolterman, his aunt Barbara (and George) Sparrow-Arack, his cousins Linda (and Roy) Musick, Susan (and Dick) Goda, Penee (and David) Hull, the children of his cousins, and great friends too many to number.

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