Stephen T. Danko, of DeLand, passed away July 26, 2008. He was born October 22, 1946 in Northampton, PA. and moved to Daytona Beach in 1952. He attended Seabreeze H.S. where he was a star basketball player and Fla. Junior Surfing Champion. Stephen received a BA from the University of Fla., MFA from Fla. State, and an NEA fellowship in photography before moving to California. As a professional artist for over 30 years, he worked in museums and galleries, and had studios in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Cologne, Germany, and DeLand. His art work has been shown in over 50 group shows, 10 solo exhibitions and is included in many public and private collections. He returned to Florida in the mid 1990's. Danko's primary goal was to enjoy life, and in so doing, he was "successfully unemployed most of his life". He is survived by his mother, Margaret Danko, Daytona Beach; sister, Roseann Danko Doherty, Bethlehem, PA, and Jupiter, FL; and beloved companion, Diane Neetz. A memorial gathering will be held for family and friends on Saturday, Aug. 9th, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., at the Riverside Condo recreation room, 2711 N. Halifax Ave., Daytona Beach. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Volusia/Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Tr., Port Orange, FL 32129.
Published by Daytona Beach News-Journal from Aug. 3 to Aug. 8, 2008.