Life Story for
Dane "Dane" Urbany
Dane Urbany was born April 6, 1947 in Uniontown, PA, died October 22, 2015 at Bell Mountain
Village and Care Center in Bellevue, ID of cancer, at 68.
After spending his first 18 months in Pennsylvania, Dane moved to southern California with his parents, who were eager to take advantage of the post war opportunities that awaited. Growing up, he attended St. Joseph's Catholic School in Hawthorne, CA, Jefferson Elementary School,
South & West High Schools, (class of '65) and El Camino College in Torrance, CA.
As a young adult, Dane was an active participant in everything offered during the 60's southern
California scene. Dane was always at the heart of the action, experiencing the very rare performances of Jlmi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, attended love-ins, trips back and forth to Haight- Ashbury, etc. He was a guy with a fast car, a brazen attitude, and a reputation for being one of the badasses of Torrance.
In 1970, Dane left southern Cal, relocating to Bandon, Oregon, where he met his future wife
Betty. There he worked as an auto mechanic until moving together with their son Sam to
Ketchum in July of 1976. He started working for Andrew's Sheetmetal, and eventually founded
Dane's Sheetmetal & Heating in Ketchum, which was hugely successful.
Dane seemed to do everything to the extreme with a 'go for it', 'live for today', 'party like there's no tomorrow' spirit. Eventually Dane settled down, though, and enjoyed many years of sobriety with a huge circle of family and friends. He loved his family dearly, especially his grandsons.
Witty and irreverent, he possessed a quality that made him instantly likable. Conversely, he could be opinionated and staunch- considered by those close to him 'a force to be reckoned with'. He would regularly offer his position on issues, whether you liked it or not. He was 'equal opportunity', sparing absolutely no-one of a good, sound, ribbing- no matter if you were big or small, rich or poor, of varying ethnic or religious background, man or woman, or otherwise. This was (mostly) fun and refreshing, and kept things from being too serious.
Almost everything Dane did, he did superbly. He was really smart, and was a true 'natural'.
Among his many interests were, but not limited to: surfing, skiing, hunting and fishing, river rafting, star gazing, was a Ketchum volunteer fireman, a radio control car enthusiast, 4th of July pyromaniac, and, of course, adored his Springer Spaniels. Additionally, he was well known by the dealers at Cactus Petes as a 'regular' indulging in craps, blackjack, and poker.
Dane is survived by his son Sam (Alexis); ex- wife Betty; sister Michele (Gary); brother Greg
(Nancy); grandchildren Dylan & Dayne; nieces & nephews Emma & Evan and Travis & Kathleen.
He was preceded in death by his parents Lydia and Eddie.
In lieu of gifts, ski a run, shoot a duck, run a river, check out the rings of Saturn and think of
Dane. Or, if so inclined, make a donation to Hospice & Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley, P. O. Box 4320, Ketchum, ID 83340.
A life celebration is planned for this Saturday, October 31st from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the American Legion Hall Post 115, 220 Cottonwood St., Ketchum, Idaho. All are welcome.
For any questions, please call Greg Urbany at (208) 720-2793