I received the following messages (and a few photos) from Chuck Lanphear over the weekend:
“Brother Dan is in a Hospice facility in Barrington, Ill, he was expected to leave the planet yesterday, he remains stubborn and is still here physically, even though unconscious and feeling no pain, He’s been fighting Parkinson’s Disease for 10 years, the last year, quality of life was miserable, glad he’s leaving.
Sadly, before I could get the first message posted, I received this notice today.
BARRINGTON, Ill.—Dan Lanphear passed away on March 23, 2018, at the age of 80. A graduate of West High School, Dan excelled in football and track and field, holding the shot put record in the state of Wisconsin for many years. He went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a local football hero. In 1959, he was selected for the All-American Football team and made television appearances on the Ed Sullivan and Perry Como shows. In 1960, he played in the Rose Bowl (Wisconsin Badgers vs. Washington Huskies). He was inducted into the Madison Sports Hall of Fame in 1989, and the University of Wisconsin Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. Dan graduated from the UW with a degree in Business, and later went on to play for the Houston Oilers, winning an AFL championship in 1960.
After playing for the Houston Oilers, Dan took a sales manager position for SBC, a division of IBM (later known as Ceridian) in St. Louis. He transferred to the Chicago location in 1974. It was during his career with SBC that he met the love of his life, Alice, his wife of 28 years. Together they enjoyed trips to Hawaii and Florida and spending time with family and friends.
He was a devoted father to daughters, Danya (Kenneth) and Andrea (Dana) from his first marriage to Ann Marie; proud grandpa of his artistic grandson and musical granddaughter; and was close with his brother, Charles. Dan was preceded in death by his parents, George and Margaret, and brother, Philip.
Dan was famous for his football achievements, but to his family and friends he will be remembered for his witty sense of humor and his generosity to all
Visitation will be Saturday, March 31, 2018, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at DAVENPORT FAMILY FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 941 Old Rand Road, Lake Zurich, Ill. A Celebration of Dan’s Life luncheon will immediately follow.