Daniel ‘Double D’ Dare suffered a fatal heart attack after responding to a late night EMS call for a sick child during a blizzard. He was born June 18‚ 1958‚ in Canton‚ Illinois‚ to Bernard and Carol Dene (Foster) Dare. He married Katherine Louise Kjellander on October 1‚ 1978‚ at Abingdon United Methodist Church. He was a resident of Avon‚ Illinois.
In addition to being a volunteer firefighter‚ Dare had been with Avon First Responders for 20 years and was considered a mainstay of the department.
He graduated from Abingdon High School in 1976 and was in football‚ FFA‚ 4-H‚ and choir. He also sang in the choir at Abingdon United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Abingdon Jaycees‚ Avon Lions Club‚ Avon Summer Ball Board‚ Avon Businessmen Association and was an ITPA (Illinois Tractor Pulling Association) judge. He served as a volunteer for the John Deere Classic the past two years and on the Knox County Fair Board tractor pulling committee.
Dan is survived by his wife‚ Kathy; his daughter‚ Michelle Karisa Dare; his son‚ Eric Daniel Dare; his parents‚ Bernard and Carol Dene Dare; his brother‚ David F. Dare; and his nephew‚ Dylan F. Dare.
Dan was a farmer and semi-truck driver. He enjoyed tractor pulling‚ hunting wild turkey and deer‚ and fishing. He also enjoyed coaching and watching his kids play sports‚ as well as watching the Chicago Cubs and Bears.
He was remembered as a dedicated person who tried to help everyone he could. His death was a huge loss for his family‚ the fire service‚ and the entire community.