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October 29, 1947 -
May 17, 2018

Dan Vance passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, May 17, 2018 after a 28 month fight with brain cancer.

Dan is survived by his wife Toni; sons Chris Vance (Katy), Bryan Vance (Karina), Terry Vance (Lisa), sisters; Sue Hanson, Nancy (Joe) Paqua and brother Mark (Lisa) Johnson; grandchildren Savanna, Sawyer and Dottie Rose; sister-in-law Jody Sorenson (Bill) and Nikki Lenhart (Dan); nieces Autumn (Brian) Kooy and Sara Spahr.

Dan couldn't have been more proud of his three beautiful grandchildren.

Dan was preceded in death by his father Paul Vance, mother Helen Poppe Johnson, niece Courtney Buckner and uncle Virgil Poppe (Short).

We were all so proud of Dan for fighting the good fight against the cancer, but in August 2017, Hospice was called in to assist in his care. The family is deeply grateful for their guidance in helping us keep Dan at home where he belonged. True credit goes to his wife, Toni and sister-in-law, Jody, who cared for him 24 hours a day all the way to the end.

Dan graduated from Mount Vernon High school in 1964 and joined the Army where he spent many months in Germany, which he would talk proudly of if asked.

Dan's work history took him in numerous directions over the years: From Fret's Monuments to Bargreens, Stewarts Red Apple and finally in 2013, after 25 years at Skagit Valley College, he retired. Dan loved to do the grocery shopping and was a very good cook.

Dan's passion in life was to hunt and fish. In his spare time, you could catch him fishing on the Skagit, hunting in Bridgeport, trapshooting at Old Skagit Gun Club and especially hunting on Shaw Island. He and Toni took up playing the slots at local casinos as their hobby. Dan was a master marksman in the field taking his limit most of the time and winning many trapshooting awards.

If you had the opportunity to know Dan, you knew that your friendship was going to be long lasting. He was kind, compassionate, caring and giving. As Dan's quality of life deteriorated he never turned away a visit from his friends who were very important to him and he was a special person to them.

Per Dan's request, his Celebration of Life will be the spreading of his ashes in the Skagit River, hunting grounds in Bridgeport and Shaw Island and the Old Skagit Gun Club. The remainder will be laid to rest with his wife upon her death.

Cremation was under Mt. Baker Cremation Society located within Jern's Funeral Home in Bellingham.

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Published in Skagit Valley Herald from May 22 to May 23, 2018.
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