Dane R. Balcon
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SPC Dane R. Balcon was born on 27 April 1988, at Luke AFB, Arizona. In 2007, he enlisted in the Army as a Fire Support Specialist, following graduation from Sand Creek High School. He attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training with 2nd Platoon, Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 40th Field Artillery Regiment, at Fort Sill, OK. Upon graduation from AIT, SPC Balcon received his first assignment to 3rd Squadron 8th Cavalry Regt., 1st Cavalry Division, in Fort Hood, TX. He deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Balad, Iraq on 7 July 2007 and on 5 September 2007 he completed his mission-doing what he loved-serving his country. SPC Balcon is survived by his mother Carla, her husband Larry Sizer, his brothers Grant and Quinn. Dane is also survived by his father John Balcon and his wife Claire, their children Samuel, Joshua, Brianna, and his sister Allegra, Grandparents CMSgt (ret) Stephen B. Thomas, Jr. (Suzanne), Cynthia B. Thomas, Ernesto Balcon (Yvonne), Kathleen Sizer, Alexie Sizer, Godparents CMSgt (ret) James Davis (Lt Col (ret) Bettye), his Uncle Steve (Trina), Aunts Debbie (Charles), Karen, and Yolanda (Eddie), and a host of great Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, friends, brother-in-arms, and a loving country. Awards and ribbons that SPC Balcon earned while serving his country include: The Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, Combat Action Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Weapons Qualification Badge – Expert w/Rifle. If you wish to make a charitable contribution in lieu of flowers in honor of Specialist Dane R. Balcon, please donate to the Rocky Mountain USO, PO Box 492093, Denver International Airport, Denver, CO 80249, phone: (303)342-6876, Hedy Margolis, Director, E-mail: hmargolis@uso.org or the Specialist Dane R. Balcon JROTC Scholarship Fund. If you would like to send the family a word of encouragement, please visit www.legacy.com. A visitation is from 4:00 – 7:00 pm, Thursday, September 13, 2007, Swan-Law Funeral Home. Service are planned for 10:00 am, Friday, September 14, 2007, United States Air Force Academy Chapel, USAF Academy, CO. Graveside services will follow at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, CO.

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Published in The Gazette on Sep. 12, 2007.
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May 26, 2020
We honor you on Memorial Day Dane! We love you and miss you everyday before and after Memorial Day as you well know. Please watch over your family and friends and we will continue to share your story. Love You
April 30, 2020
I miss not being able to see what you would have become. I know it would have been something great and influential. You had such a gift. Please watch over us when and where you can and know you will never be forgotten.
April 28, 2020
Happy Birthday Dane! We're a day late wishing you a BIG BIRTHDAY in Heaven! We miss and think of you often. The Carter's
Charles & Helen Carter
April 27, 2020
Happy birthday Dane Dane.. I miss you so much. I know your enjoying your birthday up there! I love you, we all do❤
Bri Balcon
April 27, 2020
I'm heading into the army recruiting station today hopefully to take my asvab, your still the main reason for me wanting to go love you so much miss you a ton!
Joshua Balcon
April 27, 2020
Happy Birthday son! We miss you and love you so much! ❤

John Balcon
April 3, 2020
Each day for me is like yesterday, the day that I received that gut punch. I see your face everyday and I struggle. My strength to move forward is my spiritual belief and a strong prayer life. On the days that I feel that I can't move, you, are the wind beneath my wings.
Grandpa Steve,
Stephen Thomas
April 2, 2020
Hey man. I can't let another day go by without dropping you a note. I miss you and speak of you all the time! I continue to see you every time I look at Quinn and Grant. They are amazing and we are so proud of all three of you! I love you baby...always!
Miss Lisa
April 2, 2020
Missing you and thinking of you EVERYDAY! You are still and will always be a driving force in my self betterment! Thank you for the influence and impact you put on my kids/family who look up to you and pray you know how much you are loved! Your brothers are an incredible reflection of you and give me strength, comfortable and reassurance that your loss was not in vain. I love you Nephew and pray each night that you know this! God Bless your soul and may God continue to strengthen and comfort our family and friends! See you when I get there!!!
Uncle Steve
September 5, 2019
There is not a day, a breath, nor a heartbeat that goes by where you are not in my thoughts and prayers. I miss you to such a degree that no one can possibly understand. Your loss has burned a hole in my heart forever, yet my heart still beats. It beats because of the memories, because of your impact on others, because our family and friends who have continued to pray and support us. I sent an extra prayer up yesterday and I asked for a sign that God delivered my message to youand my prayer was answered. God is sooo good. We will continue to honor you all the days of my life and beyond. I love you and I miss you sonrest easy my love Psalm23
Carla Sizer
August 14, 2019
Missing you...
July 26, 2019

You have been on my mind again. If it wasn't for your positive attitude basic would have been much more difficult. You always had a way of cheering others up. You were so dedicated to your dream of serving. Till Vallhalla brother
Joshua Garza
July 24, 2019
I went to basic with you. I went to 4ID when you went to 1cav. I think of you often. The most motivated soldier I've ever met. Till Valhalla brother.
Damian Faraklas
July 22, 2019
I still struggle wondering why you had to go so soon...you were the little brother I always wanted and even though so much time has passed, it hasn't gotten any easier bro. Love you always.~medic1
Christopher Bonner
May 27, 2019
Amazing Grace


Love you Son!

John Balcon
May 12, 2019
Thinking of you today (and everyday). Missing you like crazy, but also knowing you are not far from me. You still bring me so much joy. I love you and know that when I see you again on the high side, we will make up for lots of Mother's Days. Rest easy my love...
Carla Sizer
May 9, 2019
Drove by your sign today and saw someone was kind enough to place flowers and a flag beneath it and it brought a smile to my face. You are missed but I know you are with us in spirit. I miss you and can't help but wonder what you would be doing were you here physically. What I do know is it would have been great. Love You
May 7, 2019
Sweet Dane,
I love and miss you dearly! I know you have found peace and you must be so proud of your family! Your brothers remind me of you more every time I see them! You will always be in my heart and your name is always on my tongue. Never fear - you are remembered each and every day! I'm doing my best to live righteously so I can get one of those first class hugs you give.
Rest well baby!
Miss Lisa
September 7, 2018
Heaven and earth may keep us apart, but love; love gives us hope and gives you life. We love and miss you this day and everyday.
Rest easy son♥
SPC Dane R. Balcon
KIA, 5 September 2007
Balad, Iraq
Carla Sizer
August 9, 2018
Thoughts and prayers of you and your family.
Sandy Fox
August 7, 2018
May your treasured memories continue to provide a measure of comfort and peace to the family. Please be strengthened from Isaiah 61:1,2; God "binds up the broken-hearted and comforts all who mourn".
May 28, 2018
Never forgotten
May 28, 2018
R.I.P. Warrior! #GodsArmyNow #NeverForgotten#Godspeed
John Balcon
April 28, 2018
We have celebrated another Heavenly Birthday and have spent a lot of time remembering and honoring.you on this special day. Although you are not here physically, people continue to remember. They haven't forgotten. Mahatma Ghandi said, Where there is love there is life. You continue to live on...

Te amo mucho mijo!
Carla Sizer
April 28, 2018
Driving through a mountain pass, two lane highway last week, I was sleepy...and I did fall asleep, I gently woke to see I was headed for a tree and veering into the opposite direction of traffic. Usually, one would jolt awake and over correct. I was instantly, yet gently awoken without panic and felt completely refreshed, in the split second of all this I noticed my steering wheel ever so perfectly correcting itself, however, it wasn't my hands guiding the wheel.

Never drive sleepy ... and never drive faster then your dragonfly. Dane you're my angel! Freedom isn't free.

Happy Heavenly 30th young man!

Love always
April 27, 2018
Happy Birthday Son!

What an amazing thought of what you would have accomplished by now had the Lord decided to leave you here. Can't wait to see you again!

We all miss you dearly!!!

John Balcon
April 27, 2018
Happy birthday big brother... I cant wait to celebrate the rest with you one day.
Brianna Balcon
April 27, 2018
Dane it is your birthday. I am left to wonder how you would spend it were you here in the physical but I have an idea based on the past. The last few days I have been reminded of how you would fall asleep in the car when I would pick you up. The day we picked up pizza I remember telling you "don't fall asleep" and you replied "I won't. The smell of pizza keeps me awake." Shortly after, you were sleep and I could only laugh. Dane, have a slice of pizza and a Capri Sun on your birthday. Love you
November 11, 2017
Thinking of Dane on this Veterans Day weekend. Never to be forgotten.
November 6, 2017
Remembering and Celebrating Your wonderful Life and Memory every Year this time. Rest in Paradise Nephew! You are missed!
Brian Moore
September 25, 2017
Dear Mr Balcon , I don't know personally, and honestly I have forgotten how I came across your guestbook , but I am ever so happy I did I just want to say thank you so much for your services and thank your parents for bringing brave man into this world . thank you for protecting us may you sleep in heaven .

Monalisha .
Monalisha Rhynes
September 22, 2017
I first came across Dane's legacy page when I was a 15 year old boy, out of the hundreds/thousands of faces who gallantly laid down their lives for the American way of life, there was something about Dane's page that stood out from the rest. Maybe it was his young age, who knows.

Now 10 years on, I am a 25 year old man and I still check up and read the lovely heart felt comments left by family & friends.

My thoughts go out to Dane's Mother, Father & to the rest of the family.

Respect Dane.
S Coffey
September 5, 2017
Love and miss you so much...

John Balcon
September 5, 2017
10 years...seems like yesterday and a lifetime ago. I miss you and know you had so much to add to the world! It is our loss. Please watch over your mom and brothers. We continue to share your story because you had a great gift. Love
August 16, 2017
Feel like it was yesterday when you were sitting on top of a Hummer watching me jump!
John Balcon
August 16, 2017
Never got a chance to do this with you son!
John Balcon
August 16, 2017
Should be you right now!
John Balcon
August 16, 2017
Happy National Airborne Day Dane!
John Balcon
August 16, 2017
I have run out of ways to explain how much I miss you. I'm always trying to replay the last moments I was with you. You were always so happy, with your contagious smile. I love you bro and one day, me, you, Sam, dad, and everyone will be together again.

Your sister
Brianna Balcon
August 14, 2017
I spoke of you today, as I rattled on about this, that and the other, tears caught me off guard. I speak of you often, think of you daily but now and again without warning when I share your story, I get a lump in my throat, my voice cracks and my cheeks become salted and wet. Your story will be talked about and shared from me always.
FOREVER 19! Rest easy Sweet Dane, smiles to YOU!
July 23, 2017
All Gave Some. Some Gave All. Gone, But Never Forgotten.It is evident by all the pictures and post that you were indeed a very special person. I wanna Thank You and Your Family for your service. I wanna Your Tell your Family that they raised an extraordinary young man. God Bless You.
Steven Johnson
July 20, 2017
Spc. Dane R. Balcon,

Thank you so much for your heroic service. We are colleagues of your father and even though we didn't personally know you, we honor you today for protecting our freedom!
Patrina James
June 17, 2017
I remember you very often. Always grateful for your sacrifice which was taken way too quickly. As a mother who has a son who now wishes to greatly follow in your footsteps and mission, I pray that my son will be guided by your light from above and gods. You've touched many lives dear one, and I know you look below and smile.
Tina Weaver
May 29, 2017
Honoring, Respecting, & Remembering Spc. Dane Balcon this Memorial Day- a true Hero.
His soul goes marching on!
Alicia T.
May 29, 2017
Thank you for your service Spc Dane R. Balcon.
Thinking of you.
May 29, 2017
Our family lives across the street from the Dane R. Balcon Memorial Park in Falcon, CO. We pass this memorial daily and it reminds us of the price so many have paid to help provide the freedom we enjoy. We remember today. Thank you.
May 29, 2017
A true American hero...never to be forgotten.
May 28, 2017
My eternal hero!
Love and miss you Soldier! Words can not express the feelings of emptiness that run through me as you are stead fast on my mind on this Memorial Day.


John Balcon
May 27, 2017
Never forgotten DRB, never!
Dragonfly hugs, julos.
April 27, 2017
Happy Birthday son!


John Balcon
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