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Condolence thread for Danny Page and Bob Holler

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Just going back through the years of tributes, wanted to share this about my friend Danny Page. Sitting at Sicily Drop Zone one weekend in June or July for the Military Nationals, about 1989. Folks weren't meeting the bird in a timely enough fashion, so CSM Dave Clark lit up the assembled lollygaggers. He, with an incredible intense tone and impressive volume, directed THREE loads of jumpers to gear up and stand in the hot sun to meet the next three helicopters. I, a DA civilian, sitting on my packing mat in the shade up the hill next to Danny, was struck with fear. Gear up? Hide? Danny was lounging next to me, Air Force haircut, shirt off, rubbing suntan lotion onto his chest. "He's not talking to us," he assured me with a yawn as he adjusted his sunglasses. I was nervous. Danny was sublimely at ease. I'm sorry with each passing year to know he's not here, enjoying life like only he could.
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Just going back through the years of tributes, wanted to share this about my friend Danny Page. Sitting at Sicily Drop Zone one weekend in June or July for the Military Nationals, about 1989. Folks weren't meeting the bird in a timely enough fashion, so CSM Dave Clark lit up the assembled lollygaggers. He, with an incredible intense tone and impressive volume, directed THREE loads of jumpers to gear up and stand in the hot sun to meet the next three helicopters. I, a DA civilian, sitting on my packing mat in the shade up the hill next to Danny, was struck with fear. Gear up? Hide? Danny was lounging next to me, Air Force haircut, shirt off, rubbing suntan lotion onto his chest. "He's not talking to us," he assured me with a yawn as he adjusted his sunglasses. I was nervous. Danny was sublimely at ease. I'm sorry with each passing year to know he's not here, enjoying life like only he could.
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I was there at Sicily DZ for that Mil. Nationals. It was a lot of fun. I miss those days.

I'm so sorry to hear about Danny. We didn't socialize together much at all but I remember what many have said about him in this thread. He always had a smile on his face.
R.I.P. Danny

Chris

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I just found out today (4-25-11) that Danny had passed, and I was sad. How do I know Danny you may ask? I met Danny when I was a budding skydiver in 1988 at Raeford DZ when Gene Thacker and my best friend Chuck Blue pointed at this guy in an ugly pink and camo jump suit and said go jump with that guy till you get your A license he will teach you. I approached Danny and in the first 30 seconds of talking to him I said to myself I am gonna whip this guys smart ass some day.

Danny later told me he saw a skinny young wanna be sky god with a lot of promise at which point I told him I was still gonna whip his ass one day. Danny taught me the technical aspects of skydiving in a way no one else could, when he saw me eying a camera helmet one day he and Chuck went out of their way to help me learn. Danny made the 4 way video guy for his new 4 way Carolina Counsil team "Catalyst" made up of Mark Lancaster, Mark ?????, and Pete Cook.

Danny was instrumental in giving me the learning experience for video that other teams would not give me because I only had 125 jumps and 25 doing video. He would not chew my ass when I funneled through the 4 way, but he would take great pleasure in making fun of me and reenacting my mistake along with sound effects much to my dismay.

Danny got me on staff at Chester DZ making money packing Tandems and shooting all his tandem video, Danny remembered what it was like to be a young starving poor ass military skydiver. I spoke with Danny occaisionally over the years usually when Chuck ran into him in a bar drunk I thought of him though every time I watched one my old tandem videos of him.

Though he was cocky, and he attempted unsuccefully to hit on the girl I was stalking that day he was truly a great guy if he was your friend you were lucky. He was there when a family member of mine passed giving me money to get home paying for my skydives when I was broke and the tandems were slow. He was there with encouragement when I truly needed it I just wish I could have been there for his family when he passed, and shared my memories, and videos of him. RIP Danny "Dannilo" Page" and BTW No farting in the plane on the way to heaven
Rick Neely
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BTW MEL If you read this I still have the video from your Dbag falling out lol.

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Haven't been on here for a while.. but just wanted to say, that I was remembering Danny yesterday when I was telling a funny story to my bf about the days when I used to jump...was recalling one weekend at Ocean City, MD... gone are the days.. RIP Danny...

Jen

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Still hard for me to process the loss of my friend Bob Holler. I jumped with him at a DZ in Crestview, Florida for quite awhile when he was active duty. He coached me through my "downsize" to the 115 Icarus and made me feel like it was easy, he was good that way. I can still see him pointing to my slot when I got confused and grinning at me, he knew I'd straighten it out and get there. I took a position at the Naval Air Warfare Center about the time he went to Deland and lost touch for awhile but remember well getting the news, I still have a hard time with it. BS Bob.

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