Stephen T. Danko
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.
To plant trees in memory, please visit the Sympathy Store.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one.
MAKE A DONATION
MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
Add a Message


Not sure what to say?



13 Entries
I spent several years with Steve in Gainesville as roommates. We had stayed in touch over the years and I always looked forward to our phone calls and meetings. I will miss him and his sense of humor as well as his zest for life. My condolences to his family.
Win Hames
November 15, 2008
I was deeply saddened to read of Steve's passing. We were friends when he was at FSU. I was a very unsure sophmore in the theatre department and he gave me true friendship and guidance when I needed it. We had a common background in surfing and a similarly warped sense of humour.
I lost touch when he left FSU for Pa. but our paths literally crossed in the Atlanta airport in 1983 and we kept in touch for a few years while he was in California. I always meant to get in touch when he moved back to Florida. I regret that I never found the time.
My heartfelt sympathies go out to his family. He was a very kind and caring man and a taleneted artist.
Ruthie Marshall
September 3, 2008
OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE DANKO FAMILY WE WERRE VERY FOND OF STEVE AND WILL MISS HIM THE WAGNERS GREG TOBY AND FAYE
GREG WAGNER
August 13, 2008
I will miss Steve! I did not know him well, but always enjoyed getting to spend time with him. I was a few years younger than Steve and as a youth admired his ability as an athlete. I looked up to him for his basketball and surfing ability. In later years, I enjoyed his wit and insight. It was always great time to be in his company. My sympathy to his family and friends! He had to leave early, but will always be in my memories!
Chris Benson
August 10, 2008
I did not know Steve well or for very long. I was in his company just a few times early in his career-start in photography, when he resided in Daytona Beach. As I remember back to that time and reading about Steve now, it is good to know he obtained the recognition he did in the photographic world, his youthful aspirations accomplished. His insightful, humorous sharp-witted opinions/remarks lightly laced with a bit of sarcasm were delightful. My sympathies are with his loved ones and with his close friends he had throughout his life. He was much too young.
Carol Beach
August 9, 2008
Our sympathies to Diane and all of Steve's dear friends. Birth and death are opposites; life neither begins nor ends.
Very best,
Katherine and Steve Aimone
steve aimone
August 8, 2008
I WENT TO GRADE SCHOOL WITH STEVE. I ALWAYS LIKED HIM. HE WAS A GOOD PERSON AND I AM SURE HE WILL BE TRULY MISSED BY HIS FAMILY. I HAD NOT SEEN HIM IN QUITE A FEW YEARS BUT I ALWAYS REMEMBERED HIM. I WOULD THINK ABOUT HIM EVERY NOW AND THEN AND WONDER WHAT HE WAS DOING AND WHERE HE WAS. I WAS SO SORRY TO HEAR OF HIS PASSING. I LEFT DAYTONA IN 66 SO I LOST TRACK OF ALOT OF PEOPLE OVER THE YEARS. I WILL KEEP HIS FAMILY IN MY PRAYERS
GAYLE CROFT UNDERWOOD
August 7, 2008
Steve's love of life was infectious. It was hard to be in a bad mood around him. I shall miss his wit, his warped sense of humor and his positive attitude on life. But most of all I will miss his friendship. I extend my most heartfelt sympathy to Diane and to his family.
Mike Fincher
August 6, 2008
To The Danko Family,
I was so sorry to read of Stephen's death.....We were friends while attending SHS, and I still remember he was called "The King of Surfers"!
He was always so much fun to be with, always laughing!!!
After moving to Tampa my husband and I attended a exibition at the Tampa Museum of Art, and to my surprise there was a photograph by Steve!!! I regret not keeping in touch, however I did try to explore on the internet, but never with success. My thoughts are with you at this very difficult time.
Dianne Diettinger Martin
August 5, 2008
Steve was a true gentle man, a gentleman personified. I had the pleasure of being on the Veterans Businessmen's Little League team with him with his father as one of our coaches and still remember how his father tried to help all of us. I will remember him and his father's kind ways and am glad to have known him every time I see his mural at the Daytona Beach Municipal Airport.
Andrew Goetz
August 3, 2008
Steve was a vastly talented man with a true joy of life.I will miss his warmth and memorable smile.
Terry Oehrle Green
August 3, 2008
Steve was part of our family. Thanksgiving & Christmas he would always show up,bringing Peg much of the time. Grew up with Danko.He was a true and caring friend of the highest degree. I`ll always hold dear my "only you Danko" moments.Too many to count.What a sense of humor. The "Parkerhouse ",will pray,love and miss you dearly.He sure enjoyed the fine things in life.We enjoyed Him. Be at peace my brother. My "Bad Danko",My True friend.
All our Love & Prayers,
Richard & Sammy Parker & Family
and John
Richard & Sammy Parker
August 3, 2008
I sure will miss seeing that glowing smile. My prayers are with his Mother, sister and Diane.

Rest in peace, dear friend
Patricia Canakaris
August 3, 2008
Showing 1 - 13 of 13 results