Daniel Quillian III
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Watkinsville, GA - On Tuesday, February 20, 2007, Dan Quillian, III, born March 2, 1928, began the greatest bowhunt of his life.
Dan was the son of D. D. and Maude Smith Quillian. He got his love of the woods and nature from his father, who taught him woodcraft of all kinds. Dan was an ardent student of birds of prey and snakes of all kinds, and he passed on his knowledge and love of nature by teaching at Boy Scout and other camps, and the Big Y. He also held a National position on The Boy Scout board.
Dan found another love in archery and designed and sold bows of all types: compound, recurve and traditional (stick bows), which he loved the most.
Dan was a successful competitor in instinctive and free-style archery and worked with, taught and helped thousands of bowhunters and archers in his bow clinics, both locally and nationally. Dan conducted studies of consistently successful bowhunters, their techniques and equipment.
Dan had an internationally known business specializing in all types of archery products, and ran an indoor archery range and pro shop. He produced a videotape on traditional archery and marketed it in the U.S. and abroad.
In addition to hunting in the United States, Dan also hunted in New Zealand, British Columbia, Alaska, and with his son D. D. in South Africa, from which they brought home many trophies.
The January 2001 twenty-fifth anniversary issue of Archery Business Magazine named Dan Quillian, along with Fred Bear, Ben Pearson, etc., one of the twenty-five most influential archers of the last twenty-five years.
In 1998, Dan was given a one-of-a-kind Lifetime Achievement Award by the Traditional Bowhunters of Georgia.
Dan harvested a large number of whitetail deer with compounds, recurves and longbows. He took eleven big game species with the bow and arrow, and for many years was a member of the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SOPA), and the Outdoor Writer's Association of America (OWAA). He won the Georgia Game and Fish Commission's Sportsmen's Award given by WSB radio several times. He was five-time president of the Georgia Bowhunters Association and served on the National Field Archery Association's National Bowhunting Committee.
Dan put the first tree stand on the market and helped popularize tree stand hunting. He was instrumental in getting the first statewide bowhunting season in the South (Georgia) and fought to keep it. He contributed to and supported good game management in other ways, whenever possible.
Dan led a wonderful life, beginning with exceptional parents. He is survived by wife, Sue Skelton Quillian; children, Patricia A. (Candy) Quillian, of Sedona, AZ, Carol and husband Downing Bethune, of Portland, OR, D. D. Quillian, IV and wife Leah, of Watkinsville, and Dr. Cathleen Quillian-Carr and husband Jack, of Watkinsville; grandchildren, Caitlin and Tristan Whitaker, of Sedona, AZ, Jim and Dana Bethune, of Portland, OR, Kellyn and Caroline Quillian, of Watkinsville, Sarah McAuliffe, of Hayesville, NC, and Anna and Lawson Carr, of Watkinsville; sister, Carol Quillian Buchanan and husband Clayton, of Fernandina Beach, FL.
Graveside services will be Saturday, February 24, 2007 at 1:00 PM at Oconee Hill Cemetery with Revs. G. Richard Hoard and Wesley Stephens officiating.
The family will receive friends Friday from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oconee River Methodist Church, 1381 Windy Creek Drive, Watkinsville, GA 30677.
Lord and Stephens, WEST, is in charge of arrangements.

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July 16, 2007
I lived across the street from Dan and his family during some of my childhood years in Athens. Something was always going on at the Quillian's house! I saw firsthand turtles and snakes. I played with D.D. and Cay every day. Dan and Sue were great parents, giving the children many life-enriching activities, while keeping them rooted firmly in respect and self-discipline. Dan was one of those men who could seemingly do anything and everything, and was gracious and generous in sharing his knowledge. He leaves behind a wonderful legacy of passion for the outdoors.
John Cochrane Jr.
February 26, 2007
I knew Dan for nearly 25 years. He was my main mentor on hunting and just about anything I wrote about that pastime had a bit of Dan in it. He was a legend among Georgia outdoorsmen and one those few people I knew I could count on at any time. I'll miss him and so will all outdoorsmen in Georgia.
Kent Mitchell
February 24, 2007
My deepest sympathies to the Quillian family at the passing of Mr. Dan. The state of Georgia has lost a true steward of natural resources within this state and a pioneer in terms of management of these resources by Dan's actions to help bring about a "bow season" for the hunters of Georgia. My prayers are with you.
Bob White
February 22, 2007
I met Dan in the late 80s at his shop, Archery Traditions. My friends and I would drive from Atlanta to Athens every Wednesday night for his archery league, & thanks to Dan's patient teaching and advice we developed a love for archery & the community surrounding it, continuing on to occasionally participate in tournaments including John Hood's Robin Hood tournaments in Elberton. He was a big man with a bigger heart, the last of the great hunters, & will be sorely missed.
Linda Cannington Bell
February 22, 2007
My best wishes to family and friends of Dan Quillian.
Nelson Hitchcock
February 22, 2007
George & Carlene Finger
February 22, 2007
Rita Finger Salisbury
February 22, 2007
When I was young, I remember being in awe of the big, gruff man that was Cay’s Dad. When I was older, I was blessed with the opportunity to work for Dan at his archery shop and pleasantly surprised to find a big ole sweetheart beneath that gruff exterior. I knew next to nothing about archery or hunting, but Dan was so patient in teaching me to shoot and educating me about hunting and hunter’s rights. Those times hanging at the shop with Dan & Sue are some of my fondest memories. Love, Jeanne
Jeanne Cochran
February 22, 2007
Dear Sue,
I learned of Dan's death from our Cousin Sam Freeman. I still remember Dan as my cousin who played with snakes and never got bitten. Judging from the obituary, he lived a wonderful life doing what he loved. My sympathy to you and your children. Leslie (Nixon) Hollister
Leslie Hollister
February 22, 2007
Dear Quillian family-I was saddened to learn of Dan's passing-I knew him long ago in my own Boy Scout days. I never have known anyone more at home in the woods-anywhere-than Dan was. I told my Daddy if I ever got lost in the woods, I'd want to be with Dan. He agreed, but said if I was with him, there was no chance you'd be lost! I'll miss him terribly-my prayers are with you.
Cuyler Trussell Dupree
February 22, 2007
I also new Dan for over 50 years and from him I learned Archery and a love for the woods and hunting. He took my Boy Scout Troup # 1 at First Methodist Church on many camping trips down the Oconee River and taught us Archery and about Indians, animals and snakes. I feel honored to have been a friend and have been one of Dan's boys. With his passing we lose the last of the great men of Archery of this century. A pioneer in the field of traditional archery he led many of us down the true path of archery by introducing us to the long bow back in the early 70's. I have not strayed for one moment in my belief that the long bow is the only true way to hunt thanks to Dan. Thanks to Dan I also only hunt with Black Powder if I hunt at all with a gun. I will miss him but know he has made it across the river to the happy hunting grounds all hunters seek. May God Bless and keep his family in this time of grief.
Robert Hale
February 22, 2007
My love and sympathy, Sue. Dan will be missed!
Mary Claire Warren
February 22, 2007
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived.
Cathy Taylor
February 22, 2007
I knew Dan for almost 50 years and am greatly indebted to him for many things, including teaching me to shoot a bow and arrow, to deer hunt, to duck hunt, to call foxes and bobcats, and to catch a rattlesnake without getting bitten. We bow hunted for deer all over Georgia and South Carolina, and I spent many nights in a tent with him, listening to him snore. We had a great deal of fun together "in the old days." He was a good friend and I will miss him.
Gary Doster
February 22, 2007
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Homes West Chapel
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