Daniel J. Dammer

May 2, 1966 ~ May 8, 2013

Daniel Jay Dammer, 47, of Sioux Falls, went to be with Jesus, his Lord and Savior, after losing his battle with Esophageal Cancer on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls.

Visitation and funeral services will be held at Celebrate Community Church main campus in Sioux Falls at 16th & Sycamore Avenue.

Visitation will be held Monday, May 13, 2013, from 7-9 pm at Celebrate Community Church in Sioux Falls. Funeral services will begin at 11:00am, Tuesday, May 14, at Celebrate Community Church with Pastor Keith Loy officiating. Interment will follow at Hills of Rest Cemetery, Sioux Falls.

Daniel J. Dammer was born on May 2, 1966, in Sioux Falls to Carl and Darlene (Rupkalvis) Dammer. He was raised and educated in Sioux Falls for the entirety of his youth. Dan was a 1984 graduate of Lincoln High School. On June 1, 1985, Dan married his high school sweetheart, Angie Brincks. The two of them met while employed at Kentucky Fried Chicken. Their Holy Union was blessed with 4 beautiful children.

Dan was an avid Nebraska Cornhuskers fan and enjoyed taking his family to Lincoln, NE for a game or simply hosting game day football parties at his home. Dan also enjoyed watching NASCAR races with all of his favorite boys. Dan also cherished the memories made on family vacations; he had a special love for the beach. Trips to Disney World were enchanted moments; he loved to see the magic in his family’s eyes. While in high school, Dan picked up the hobby of photography. This passion carried over into his adult life. Capturing every precious moment was important to him.

Dan spent over 35 years in the restaurant industry. Although food was an important part of the business, his true passion was people. He lived to serve those around him. Being with and enjoying family was a priority to Dan. His love for family extended well beyond his nuclear family. He had a true passion and love for all people. Throughout his many years and positions in leadership, he was always a great mentor and teacher and he always had an ear or shoulder for anyone. His love for people was most apparent through his Caring Bridge site which became a type of daily devotional for many. Through his daily writings, Dan ministered to hundreds and brought many to an initial or renewed relationship with Christ. While battling a daunting foe in cancer, spreading God’s Word became his mission and greatest priority. Dan was recently described as a “giant of a man.” This was true about so many aspects of him. He was large in stature, had enormous love for all people, carried the biggest heart of any man, and was a colossal example of what it meant to live life looking out for others.

Dan will be deeply missed by his lovely wife, Angie (of 27 years in marriage); 4 amazing children – Jacob Dammer, Sioux Falls; Lacey and Jason Gervais, and son Chase, Sioux Falls; Gabriel and Grace Dammer, Sioux Falls; His mom and dad, Carl and Darlene Dammer, Sioux Falls; Angie’s parents, Jerry and Jeannie Brincks, Sioux Falls; three brothers, Todd and Nan Dammer, Sioux Falls; Terry Dammer, Sioux Falls; Russ and Kim Dammer, Parker, CO; half-sister Deb Mofle, Chaska, MN; sister, Aimee and Dan Roehrs, San Antonio, TX; & a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins and precious friends.

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  • Angie & Rob Kraft says:

    Carl,Dar, and family …We are so sorry to hear about Dan. It’s so sad to see such a young life taken from us. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family and may you find peace in each other and knowing he hurts no more. With deepest sympathy and hope to see at the river soon. Come out and visit the gang. Stay strong. Rob and Angie Kraft

  • Dave&Barb Moser says:

    Dear Angie & Family,
    Our deepest sympathy. We know Dan will be greatly missed. Dan fought a long battle and always kept his Faith. Remember all the happy times, the memories are so precious. Dans journey has ended hear on earth ,but he now has a new one to follow with God his father. Dan will be his number one angel doing allot of good things for many friends and family and others.God Bless All of You.

  • Barb Rothenbuehler Kruger says:

    Terry, I am so sorry to hear about your brother. I feel like I got to know him through church when Pastor Keith would let people know how he was doing. May God bless you and your memories of Dan help you to get through this difficult time. I don’t have times yet, but I am working on starting up a grief support group at Celebrate if you or your family are interested.

    ((hugs))
    Barb

  • Alice Sylliaasen says:

    As a former Eugene Field teacher, I just wanted to express my sympathy to all of the family. I did not have Dan as a student, but I knew him and he was always such a nice boy. We do not know what lies ahead for any of us so we all need to live as if today is our
    last day and we will be with Jesus tomorrow. I am so happy to know that Dan was prepared. God’s blessings to all of you.
    With deepest sympathy and prayers,
    Alice Sylliaasen

  • charlie kono says:

    Russ and family,
    I want to extend all of you my hearfelt sympathy.I treasure fond memories of Dan.
    God Bless,
    Charlie Kono

  • Kris Pearson-Hansen says:

    Dear Dammer Family:

    My deepest condolences on the loss of Dan. May all of you be guided through this difficult journey with God’s grace and love.

  • Ron and Sue Hood says:

    Terry and family,
    You have our deepest sympathies. We will keep you in our prayers.

  • Candace Husman Conner says:

    Carl & Dar & Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God comfort you all in this time of sorrow.

  • Kristy Kutter - Cole says:

    The Dammer Family –
    I wish I had words to lighten your agony but sometimes words are just not enough. Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Dan was a true inspiration to all of us.

  • Dick and Kay Casanova says:

    We’re so sorry for your loss, Carl and Darlene. We will keep you close to our hearts and in our prayers.
    God Bless,
    Dick and Kay

  • Nick and Renee Osterkamp says:

    Carl, Darlene and Family! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Dan sounds like he was an amazing man who will be missed terribly by all. God Bless You in this time of sorrow! Love to you all!

  • SKEET ONEAL says:

    CARL&DARLENE SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR SON DAN OUR PRAYS ARE WITH YOU THE ONEALS

  • Linda Hopper Alexander says:

    To the entire Dammer Family, my heart goes out to each one of you. Having grown up across the street on French Ave. there are many wonderful memories of all the Dammer Boys. In his battle I know he became an inspiration to us all.

  • Randy Taylor says:

    Worked with Dan at Chi Chi’s for three years in the mid ’80s… We were young and stupid at times… (Actually, all the time – lol), but I have many fond memories of Dan. I was 130lbs soaking wet back then and Dan was a big boy. I’d jokingly tease him how I’d kick his butt (not literally of course… I wasn’t THAT stupid!) about being the fastest line cook around. We were both rock stars making a TON of money for Chi Chi’s but only getting paid 3.75 an hour ourselves. I think he had a slight (very slight) edge on me 😉 I later joined the Air Force and moved away, but we reconnected a couple years ago thanks to FB. Loved his posts… I actually attended his wedding… many years ago. My heart felt sympathies go to the Dammer family, especially Dan’s wife and children. I’ll miss you bro, but I’ll see you again soon! -RT

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