Obituary: Daniel Patrick Kerner
On Friday, July 15, 2011, Truckee, Calif., resident Dan Kerner passed away at the age of 41.Dan, Dano, Danny, Daniel, Danimal … These were some of the names his friends and family called him. Attempts to label him in conventional terms fall short. Dan was a rare combination of kind, adventurous, gracious, brave, compassionate, patient, tolerant, irreverent and fun. He was all of these things, in just the right amounts.Dan never dwelled on things he could not control and was not one to let everyday stresses get in the way of living life to its fullest.Born in Sacramento and growing up in Apple Valley, Dan rode BMX with his childhood friends, launching a life-long love of cycling and the outdoors. After high school, he joined the U.S. Navy on the Aircraft Carrier USS Ranger where he served in Desert Storm. After his service, Dan went to work for California State Parks while pursuing his BA at Cabrillo College. In 1999, Dan was hired by U.S. Customs where he began a career at San Francisco International Airport as a Customs Inspector, Customs Supervisor, and then moved to the position of Port Director at Reno airport in Nevada. He was highly regarded by his coworkers and made many good friends along the course of his life and career.Dan and his wife, Victoria, moved to Truckee in 2006 and together they built a life around their mutual love of cycling, x-c skiing, camping, snowshoeing, and rescuing animals. Dan loved venturing into the wilderness with his dog Gus by his side. Both he and his wife have been very active with the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, volunteering their time to help save the lives of many homeless pets.Dan is survived by his wife, Victoria; his parents, Bill and Des; and his beloved pets, Gus, Ashley, Ricky, Lucy and Sophie. Dan cherished his family and friends and never forgot how much they all meant to him.A memorial service will be held for Dan on Aug. 27, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Saint Cyprian Catholic Church in Sunnyvale, CA.Danandamp;#8217;s wishes were that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.