Aug 17-04

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2004: Aug: Aug 17-04
In Memory of Dan Urbanski    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Dan Urbanski
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Photos by Dan Urbanski
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Photos by Dan Urbanski

Charlie at Pasty Central on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 12:02 am:

In case you missed Monday's Pasty Cam, we received the news that our friend and colleague Dan Urbanski had passed away. Where do we begin to tell how much Dan meant to all of us at Pasty Central? Quite possibly you would not be viewing this website today if not for Dan. began in 1996 as a lighthearted look at the U.P., with occasional pictures of Upper Michigan sights, links, recipes and shots of our elderly residents at Still Waters making pasties. In 1997, Dan Urbanski began his wilderness diaries at, becoming one of the first websites to receive the Golden Pasty Award. Early in 1998 my son Jonathan and I comitted ourselves to bringing a fresh picture every day to Pasty Central, a glimpse of life in the U.P. Little did we realize the effort and thousands of man-hours it would require to keep that commitment.

A few other amateur photographers joined us in those early days, but Dan was the first in the professional community to recognize our efforts with the "Pasty Cam". He stepped in to advance this labor of love by lending his insight and technical skill to the project. He breathed new life into this daily feature.

Dan Urbanski was a tireless worker and supporter of our work at Still Waters in Calumet. In this final decade of his life he inspired thousands by capturing the rugged beauty of the U.P., and encouraging others to do the same. I especially appreciated Dan often taking the initiative to do the daily picture and write-up on the Pasty Cam... just because he loved the U.P.

I've been in touch with Dan's wife Patty and she passed along the following words about his life and passions. He will certainly be remembered, and dearly missed:

Dan Urbanski
Daniel F. Urbanski, 50, passed away peacefully at home on August 13th after a long illness. He was born July 21st, 1954 in Hamtramck, MI, the son of Frank and Rose Urbanski. Dan graduated from Hazel Park high school in 1972.

Dan toured the Upper Peninsula and found that Silver City and Ontonagon County had the friendliest people and decided to put down roots. A self-taught photographer, Dan turned his "shutterbug" hobby into a business and opened Silver Image Studio in 1977. His work included the full range of portraiture, commercial and aerial photography, but he was probably best known for his outstanding "nature pictures." Dan knew where to go, when and under what conditions to capture Nature at her most photogenic. Wherever he went, he created images, and his interpretation of the Porcupine Mountains became the standard by which all such photos are judged. He was able to share his love of the area through stunning multi-image slide programs, which he set to music and presented throughout the Midwest. Dan was also selected in 1992 for an Artist-in-residence program at Isle Royale National Park. Urb's pictures have won numerous awards and he has been published in Backpacker, Midwest Living, Better Homes and Gardens and Lake Superior Magazine. His work has often been featured in Michigan Travel Bureau promotions.

His commitment did not end there, however. Dan was a driving force and tireless worker for the Porcupine Mountain Chamber and a founding member of the Friends of the Porkies. For eight years he was the voice of the "Friends" through the Quill newsletter, which he created.

Whether picking up litter on M-107, tallying ski-race results, or running a stable fly "trap line," Dan was the first to step up to the plate. Generous, intelligent, scientifically minded, curious,. Out-door enthusiast, mountain biker, kayaker, camper, hiker, photographer. Friend.

He was preceded in death by his mother Rose and survived by his father Frank, wife Patty, mother-in-law Elsie Taurianen, niece Sara Moilanen and numerous relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 22 at 2pm EDT at the AmericInn Superior View Restaurant (Paul's) in Silver City.
Dan and Cosmo

By Susan, FL on Monday, August 16, 2004 - 11:55 pm:

Thank God for people like Dan who are able to share their love of life with others who are photogenically challenged (and spelling challenged as well!) And for Mary and Charlie et al who so kindly allow us in for pleasure of the company. We do appreciate all of you dear folks!

By Catherine--Holland MI on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 12:21 am:

I have Dan's work hung in several rooms of my house--such an eye and such skill. Such a loss to everyone.

We pasty folks offer our condolences to Patty, Sara,and others.

By KSARKKI, SF, CA on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 12:59 am:

Major bummer.
Us yooper-wannabes
around the world found
Dan's work a perfect escape.

Thanks, Patty, for sharing his passions.

By jim_greenville_mi on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 01:45 am:

charlie: PLEASE extend our(pastycam viewers) deepest heartfelt sympathy to the family of this great photographer,friend to all. thanks for his sharing of his unique love of yooper nature scenes. we are all better acquainted with spectacular images without having to into the wilderness( we couldn't phyically accomplish his feats). BUT, thru his work and his gifted eyes for photo subjects, we are truly blessed. his work will live on thru his magnificent photo collections. __Ü__

By Matt, Troy, MI on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 05:45 am:

Whether at home or at work, I keep a library of the WOW's, which feature Dan's work. How often I hear comments: "Where did you get that?!".

A window has closed on the UP, and we will miss the view terribly.

My deepest sympathies to Patty and all who loved him, and a heartfelt thanks for sharing him with us these past few years.

By Jim & Pam Calumet on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 06:15 am:

Our feelings are expressed in the above also. It was with a very sad heart reading about Dan passing in last evenings paper. As Charlie states above about the early days of, one would know right away when a new photo appeared each day that which was one which Dan had taken. He had a knack and gift of capturing the view with his camera that he eyes beheld. God bless him, and also his family. Strange, it feels like I really lost a friend, even tho I did not know him personally. Jim Grill

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 06:36 am:

God bless. He will be missed.

By Son of a Yooper, Germany on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 06:42 am:

Dan had a great eye for photography and was generous enough to share it with all of us. His wonderful work will be missed.

By smf in troll land on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 06:45 am:

Good morning everyone.

By John in Wixom on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 07:19 am:

This news is a shock this morning! Like Jim Grill, I feel I have lost a wonderful friend that I never knew. The pictures chosen to remember Dan by this morning are so stunningly appropriate. We should all be sad that Dan has gone on, but so wonderfully greatful that he past our way on his journey.

By Jody, MI on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 07:22 am:

A loss to the world. My sympathies to Patty and his loved ones. Even without knowing this sensitive man, I can say he made the world and this website such a much more beautiful place for all of us. God bless him for this.

By Walt, Ohio on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 07:32 am:

What a wonderful example of sharing the gifts he was given in life. What a legacy in the images he captured and shared with all of us. Patty, Frank, Elsie & Sara, our prayers are with you in this time of great loss.

By RCW/SEW on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 07:35 am:

We too were shocked to hear of Dans passing, what a sad day. A few years ago he took the time to send me a personal letter with information about the B17 crash in the Porkies in the 40s.

By Georgie, MO on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 07:47 am:

How sad we are at the loss of truly gifted and unique person like Dan. He left us a legacy of beautiful gifts with his photography and his hard work to preserve the area for future generations. Our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Dan was God's gift to all of us here on Earth.

By anita, mi on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 07:47 am:

Our prayers are with Dan's family and friends. His wonderful gift will be missed. His pictures always made me feel like I was there and I would get lost in the beauty of them. Thank you Patty for your support to help him share his gift with us.

By NKR Mishawaka IN on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 08:00 am:

To Dans family and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. What a wonderful gift he had and was able to leave for all of us to enjoy. God bless.

By Leslie at the Northern Lights Lodge - Cadillac, MI on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 08:08 am:

My first thoughts when I clicked on this morning was "What a gorgeous photo!"... then reading on; I'm so saddened and shocked to hear about Dan. I, as many others, have enjoyed Dans exceptional photos and the gift of photography that he brought this website. My prayers are with his family and friends this morning. I can picture his spirit lingering forever in the mist of the many lovely places which he has placed forever in our memories. Blessings

By ShawnR, GR MI on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 08:08 am:

I am so sad to hear about Dan's passing. He was incredibly talented. When his pictures were featured on, you always knew it was one of his, as they were always so beautiful and stood out from the others. I enjoyed his wilderness diary too. My sympathy to his family.

By Alex Tiensivu, Georgia on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 08:08 am:

I am SHOCKED to hear Dan died. Absolutely shocked. What a loss to all.

Charlie, this is a wonderful tribute you set up today. I'm sure he would have been deeply touched by it.

May God Bless his family and comfort them.

By Laurel, Michigan on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 08:13 am:

My profound sympathies to Patty and all of Dan's family and friends. So much of Dan's work has allowed me to stay "in touch" with the beautiful U.P. that I had to leave many years ago. Thank you for Dan's gifts.

By H. Donn de Yampert, PT, DPT. on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 08:15 am:

I thank Dan for his eye and supportive words and will miss them...
Donn de Yampert

By BWL mi on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 08:20 am:

My deepest sympathy to Dan's wife and family. I never met Dan but his "living" pictures met me and made my life larger and my heart more thankful. He will be sorely missed.

By Rocky Rascovich on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 08:24 am:

I'm deeply saddened by Dan's passing, I never met him while living in the Keweenaw but I sure enjoyed his work. It just reminds me that we must treasure and live to the most everyday God gives us.

By Brent, in unusually sunny Rochester, NY on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 08:25 am:

He'll continue to take pics of us from above the clouds.
Thanks for sharing the UP with us Dan.

By Dennis, Dearborn on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 08:44 am:

Dan's life, work, and your tribute to him reminds us of what is so good about life. Thank you.

By Joan Wilson, Ohio on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 08:44 am:

I feel honored to have known Dan and loved his work! We were at his studio just a few days before he passed away and purchased several pictures. Dan had a unique talent that was God given and he made good use of it, as we can all attest too! I have his pictures in almost every room in my house and even gave away his pictures for birthday and Christmas gifts. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends. Anyone who know him, loved him and his work and he will be sorely missed by all. Thank you Pasty cam for featuring his work!!

By A fan from Ohio on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 09:13 am:

A masterful eye and magical touch with a camera have been taken from us. Sympathies to Dan's family. You must keep his photo gallery page up and running, even if it's only past pictures. His photos have served as my wallpaper several times, to many ooh's and ahh's from co-workers.

By anon/milw on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 09:22 am:

I would also like to extend my sympathies to Dan's family. What a terrible loss for them. I always enjoyed his work, here on Pasty Cam and on his website. I will pray for him and his family.

By Greta, Milwaukee on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 09:23 am:

Dan will be mourned and missed by many he never knew. However, what he saw in his heart through the camera will live on in many homes and memories for years to come. My sympathy to Patty and family.

By Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 09:27 am:

I also, never knew Dan, but felt I did through his words and pictures both here and in his Quietly Wild wilderness diary. He will be sorely missed, having touched so many of our lives with his incredible talent. When I've been in a pinch to find a certain type picture for the daily shot, I knew I could always delve into Dan's Gallery and find just the perfect one! Thank you Dan, for inspiring us all.

And thanks Charlie, for such a fitting tribute...

By Missin the UP from NJ on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 09:30 am:

I, too, was shocked to hear of Dan's passing. I also pass along my deepest sympathy to Dan's wife and family.
His work stood out in such a way that those of us halfway across the country and in other parts of the world did feel we knew him. I've 'surfed' the net looking for nature pictures and can honestly say, I still haven't found a photographer who's work touched me the way Dan's work has.
Today, my heart is heavy. I, too, will miss a friend I never even met.

By elm on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 09:35 am:

Thanks Dan for all you did when passing our way. Thanks Patty for sharing him. He will be remembered always thru the beauty he created.

By Mary Ann, WY on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 09:55 am:

I would like to extend my sympathy to Patty and the rest of Dan's family. It was a shock to find out that he passed away at such a young age. I only knew him through his beautiful photos and am glad that he shared them with us.

By Jay , VA on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 10:08 am:

Thank you for presenting the world of Dan Urbanski to the rest of the world thru the internet. I just love all of his pictures...they will live forever in his memory...a great reminder of the of the natural beauty of the UP..and a talented man who so obviously loved people and his surroundings.

My sympathies to his family...and thanks for the memories.

By Gary,New Jersey on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 10:12 am:

Another traveling to the Rainbow Bridge. Lately there has been too many. Sorry for your loss!

By Yooper in MN on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 10:15 am:

Thanks for the beautiful pictures, Dan. They always keep me connected to my home, regardless of where I am. You will be greatly missed.

By JoAnne Stefanac Port Orchard, WA on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 10:17 am:

It is most obvious by reading all the posts today that Dan is much loved by all the readers of this site. His talent has touched the hearts of so many people and will be missed by all who visit here. May I add my deepest sympathies to those who have posted before me and those that will post afterwards. It's a sad day for all. God be with his family and Godspeed to Dan. You will be missed...

By Doug Smith, Wixom, MI on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 10:19 am:

Dan will surely be missed. What a wonderful eye and insight he had into Mother Nature's Finest. His photography was always the best and has inspired me over the years in so many ways. His website,, has always been one of my favorite sites.
Gods speed Dan. Take one for me!

By Grandma's Pasties, MN on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 10:31 am:

Please pass along our deepest sympathies to the Urbanski family. Dan's photos have always been a highlight of our daily visits to our pasty partner and we will sorely miss them.

By Troll Diva, Ferndale on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 10:48 am:

How truly sad Dan's passing is. My sympathies to his wife and family. His photos will serve as a memory for many years to come. His pictures werent just a photo, they were, and will always be a work or art.

By jack, k falls oregon on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 11:00 am:

Our lives will be judged by the impact we had on those we leave behind.

Dan will be sorely missed.

By Chris K, Lombard, IL on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 11:05 am:

"Only the good die young." -- Billy Joel

My life begins everyday with the photo on I have bought the calendar since its inception. So much of both of these were enhanced by Dan, a true artist and nature lover.

Why don't a lot of us send flowers for his service on Sunday so Patty will know how much her beloved husband, Dan, is loved and will be missed?

By elf, troy mi on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 11:10 am:

Truly a heartist.
A visual poet of the soul.
Thank you.

By Chris K, Lombard, IL on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 11:16 am:

I just called here and she was most helpful. She knows Dan and his wife and she said they would deliver the flowers on Sunday to make sure they were fresh.

Flower Garden the Inc
301 River Street
Ontonagon, MI 49953

By David Cloutier - Littleton, Colorado on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 11:40 am:

I never got to meet Dan, but I have admired his work many times. He had a keen eye and instinctively knew where to be... and when... My sincere sympathy to his family and friends.

By maijaMI on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 11:44 am:

Chris K: wonderful idea to send flowers. Thanks for the info on a florist. We could also send donations to Still Waters in Dan's memory. My parents were there, and my aunt is there now. It is a wonderful place that Dan and his incredible talent supported.

Still Waters Assisted Living Community
26096 Elm St.
Calumet, MI 49913

Rest in beautiful peace, Dan, and peace and comfort to all your family and friends.

By Connie, Ft. Belvoir VA on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 11:57 am:

Thoughts and prayers are going out to Dan's family and friends. He had the special gift to capture the true beauty of the U.P. It let us Yoopers who are living elsewhere, have a taste of home. Thanks Dan, we know you are watching over the U.P.

By Jim R, Grand Rapids, Mi on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 12:02 pm:

I was always amazed what little piece of nature Dan Urbanski would find and capture as a thing of beauty - he changed the way I walk through a field or down a path, I always find mself asking, "what would Dan Urbanski see in that..."

Thanks for slowing me down Dan!

By Steve Brimm, Copper Harbor on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 12:09 pm:

Dan was a good friend and mentor. His work inspired me as it surely must have inspired countless fledgling photographers. When I visited Dan a few weeks back, I was so very hopeful that we would have another chance to wander around in the woods together. Dan will never expose another piece of film here on earth, but the Images he has left us with will illuminate our souls forever. We will miss you Dan

I love you brother

By trish, wa on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 12:21 pm:

Dan's legacy will live on in his enduring photographs of
his beloved UP. Heartfelt sympathy to his family and
friends. Someone once said grief illuminates our
connections with others.

By Kevin @ on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 12:23 pm:

Thank you Dan for all the wonderful photos and contributions, you will surely be missed.

By ra on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 12:27 pm:

make the next calendar all Urbanski's pics.

By cheryl mi on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 12:42 pm:

You've been looking for pictures for your calendar and asking for people to vote on the ones they like. Why don't you at put together Dan's pictures for people to view then vote on their favorite ones. Then you could put together your calendar of his greatest photos as a tribute to Dan? That way everyone could enjoy having his pictures in their homes and or offices.I'm also saddened by death. My sympathies to his family.

By Candy, CA on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 12:47 pm:

Steve or Donn or Charlie, is there something that Dan loved that we can contribute to? Can we start a Dan Urbanski Fund for Patty, or one that would be a living memorial?

By Ron, Michigan on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 01:08 pm:

My sympathy to the Urbanski family. Great idea to make the next calender all Dan's pics.

By Jeff K, Gaylord on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 01:14 pm:

dan lives on through his life's work, pictures, thoughts, and deeds...

By Tom S, ShelbyTwp,MI on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 01:15 pm:

Yes, all Dan's pictures in the next calendar is an excellent idea. Good idea ra.

By Kate, New Hampshire on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 01:47 pm:

Although I did not know Dan, I do know beauty when I see it and Dan captured it always, just like he captured Patty's heart, for she is beautiful also. Thanks Dan for showing us all the beautiful things in this world...........

By shelly/Yankee in Texas on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 01:51 pm:

I did not know Dan, but through his pictures he told us alot about himself. Its true that its not what you take when you leave this world behind, its what you leave when you go.

My deepest care and prayers for his family and friends.


By NorthwoodsHiker,MI on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 02:12 pm:

"Far across the distance,and spaces between us; You have come to show you go on... Near, Far, Wherever you are; I believe that the heart does go on" Dan was able to see all the hidden beauty of the U.P. which I've always taken for granted. I'll try to look at Nature the way he did from now on!

By saddened on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 02:21 pm:

We from the Keweenaw grieve with you.

By Beemer, the crossing on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 03:10 pm:

Condolences from the Crossing

By Patti, TN on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 03:14 pm:

A few of my favorite 'Urbanskis' :)

By Mary Lou on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 03:15 pm:

The population of the UP is not large but we have "the best"...the example of Dan Urbanski is how one good man with a God given gift was able to touch us all with his love of the area and his apparent kindness. Our hearts are heavy with loss for this young man who brought us together with our shared joy in the beauty of our only takes a few good "men" to make the world a better place.....Thanks Dan...RIP..

By Mary, Michigan on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 03:19 pm:

God Speed....

By Sherry in N FL on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 03:36 pm:

May his family draw a little comfort from knowing so many people across the US and the world knew of and enjoyed Dan's talent. He will be missed by us all.
May God give them peace.

By Brad Wright, Harrison, MI on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 03:51 pm:

Those of us who rarely get to visit the UP are truly saddened by Dan's passing. His beautiful photos and his comments always brought back great memories. Our sincerest condolences to his family. We hope that they are comforted by the knowledge that part of him lives on in the artistic vision of his photographs.

By K, MD on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 03:56 pm:

Dan's photo's have captured so many of us on this site. I just spent some time going through the archives to find favorite ones of his from years past. It's amazing how he captured the most beautiful in everything. I found pictures I had forgotten about (peach fuzz on a rock, etc.). Dan, you'll be missed by all of us admirers. May your spirit keep us looking through your lense to the beauty of things around us.

By H. Donn de Yampert, PT, DPT. on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 03:58 pm:

Candy's Question above was:
By Candy, CA on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 12:47 pm:
Steve or Donn or Charlie, is there something that Dan loved that we can contribute to? Can we start a Dan Urbanski Fund for Patty, or one that would be a living memorial?

My Answer Is:
I am very aware that Dan thought very highly of Charlie, Stillwaters and the Daily Pasty Cam internet publication. Dan loved the beauty of flowers, landscapes where they grew, and recording them on film/digitally.My best bet is that he would rather have donations sent in his name to benefit Stillwaters.

By Sarah & Joel, St. Clair Shores, MI on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 04:43 pm:

To our friend who explored and expanded our horizons, may he be at peace knowing that he lifted our minds and hearts to his visions.

God Bless Dan and his family.

By walter p tampa on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 05:04 pm:

dan was truely an artist ansel adams would truely consider him his peer

By Andytofu, Sedar Bay on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 05:15 pm:

Sometimes God calls his very "special" people home before we who remain think timely. My sincerest sympathies to Dan's family and friends.

Although I never met Dan Urbanski, I feel his presence as a friend through his superb photographs of our marvelous UP which he not only loved but shared with us through his photos.

As a tribute to his memory, I'm sending a contribution to Still Waters Assisted Living Community. Perhaps my contribution and those of others could be used for upkeep and perpetuation of the lovely gardens where Dan would surely have produced some magnificent photos.

By Jeff C,.Indianapolis on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 05:18 pm:

Goodbye to one I've met only in pictures.God Bless you, God Bless God's country that you have shown us.....

By Mistyinyoureyes on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 05:20 pm:

Here is an idea for a contribution:
Since he loved life in general, this is just a suggestion.
Ontonagon County Animal Protection or
P.O. Box 315
Ontonagon, MI 49953

By Laura Cormier, North Carolina on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 05:28 pm:

Dan will live on through his awesome photographs and his wife, Patty. We have been greatly blessed to have been able to share a glimpse into his life. God Bless Dan and Patty.

By Mark in Coulee Dam on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 05:49 pm:

Thank you Dan....Blessings and Strength to Patty and your Family!

By John in Port Huron, MI on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 06:02 pm:

Like so many others who have enjoyed Dan's photographs I too will miss him. At times his images could magically transport me back to the north woods, to the places I love. God bless my friend.

By Jean Mi. on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 06:17 pm:

Dan truly had a gift that uplifted the spirit and brought the peace of the U.P. to many people. I first met Dan about 20 years and my yearly trip to the Porkies wasn't complete without a visit to his studio, and I often took home one of his beautiful works. When his work first appeared on the Pasty Cam I knew that a much larger audience world soon discover his gift. Dan you will be missed,your art has touched the hearts of so many.

By Linda in Genesee County on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 06:26 pm:

The heavens will shine a little bit brighter with the addition of such a good spirit.

Condolences to Dan's family. Although his physical presence is gone, he will live on for years to come through his work and his kind deeds.

By paul on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 06:37 pm:

OH ! peaceful being ,showing the way, your trail through the universe I hope to follow someday.
Thank you Dan.

By M.B., IL-WI-MI on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 06:42 pm:

My condolences to family and friends....

By Larry-IN on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 06:53 pm:

I have Dans work throughout my home & office...and have sent his xmas cards yearly.

I was lucky enough to drop in on a day Dan & Patty were in the studio and he was a gracious and knowledgeable host.

Dan lived in a great place and made a living looking at natures I hope he is in an even more beautiful setting.

By Jon Maninga on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 06:55 pm:

Please add my condolences to Dan's family.

I only knew him through his pictures, but he always captured the beauty of his subject.

By yooperwannabe/IN on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 06:58 pm:

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world."
John Muir

Dan's photos, which so beautifully captured the essence of the UP, will forever tug at our hearts.

By Donna on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 07:15 pm:

What overwhelming tributes and thank yous!! And how deserved by one so very, very special. Thank you Dan for sharing as much as you did. Thank you Patty for sharing him with us. God Bless you all. Fly High! Soar with the Wind, Dan....and we'll all feel you someday.

Many Blessings, Love and Light....

By Ken Scheibach Grand Rapids on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 07:16 pm:

A profoundly sad day, indeed. My sincere condolences to Patty, family and friends. Dan's work has been very inspiring to me and many hobbiest like me. Dan's memory will last through his work and those who love him. I am putting in my vote or an Urbanski calendar didicated to his memory.

By JAD, Oskar, MI on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 07:43 pm:

Charlie, I second the suggestion to keep Dan's website permanently on It is a fitting memorial to such a gifted person, and would allow many of us to refresh our souls in the beauty he provided us.

By The Urban Escapees, MI on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 08:41 pm:

Our deepest sympathies to Dan's family. He has shared with all of us the truly talented gifts of his bright soul.

By Patty Urbanski, MI on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 08:43 pm:

Thank you to all of your for your love and prayers. Dan would
have been in awe of it all. He loved sharing his photographs with
the Pasty Central more than anywhere. He would be so excited
when he would get up in the morning, pour his coffee, sit down
at his computer and see that one of his photographs had been
posted. The pain of losing my best friend and adoring husband
is beyond words. I am only comforted by the fact that I have so
many wonderful memories and that we spent almost every
waking moment together the past several months, talking,
sharing, hugging and kissing.

I would like to share with all of you a poem that Dan wrote in
1982 and was published in a book titled "It Isn't Always Easy..But
Always Know That I Care" by Susan Polis Shutz.

When you're after more out of life;
when you're looking for the depth
and satisfaction few even know exist;
when you've got to do it your way;
and do it yourself, for yourself.....

sometimes the disappointment
is as deep
as the joy.
The important thing to remember
is that the real satisfaction
is in the trying....
and that I'm on your side.

-----Dan Urbanski

Prayers to all of you.

Patty Urbanski

By Michael McCarthy on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 09:22 pm:

Condolences to Patty Urbanski. Dan's contributions, as Charlie mentioned, were important in setting a standard of excellence that inspired others and which we regular visitors appreciate greatly.

By Eileen Boley Craddock - Ohio on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 09:31 pm:

I am deeply saddened to hear of Dan Urbanski's passing. He is truly the only one who could capture the essence of my homeland and make me really feel it again, even if I'd been away for some years. I have several of his works in my home here in Ohio. Thank you, Dan, for sharing yourself and your vision with the rest of the world.

By Melissa, Lansing, MI on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 09:38 pm:

Thank you for your post, Patty. My condolences to you and your family. I too am a great fan of Dan and his photos. Although I did not know him, he has been a great inspiration to my delving into nature photography. I often thought that if one of my pictures could turn out half as good as Dan's, I would be thrilled.

Dan's photos spoke volumes about his love for the UP and its natural wonders, and I too think it would be fitting to dedicate the next calendar to him. I can't imagine a better tribute to someone who touched so many lives through his photography.

By Kate in St. Paul on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 09:40 pm:

Dan, We will miss you. You gave us a greater appreciation of a
land many of cherish. You made a difference to lots of us.

By db, OK on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 10:16 pm:

"A life isn't significant except for its impact on other lives." -
- Jackie Robinson


While Dan captured and shared the beauty of the UP with us, these posts reveal something Dan must have known: the greatest UP treasures are those who live there......

Our prayers are with you.

By Sadie on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 10:16 pm:

Our heartfelt sympathy goes to the Urbanski family. He truly had a God Given Gift that we will continue to enjoy. Cassie and Sadie.

By yahoo in flatland on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 11:38 pm:

My condolences to Patty & all who knew him personally.
I only knew of him, from the pictures that captured my attention here on
What an amazing gift he had & was to us all!

By Ken and Mimi from da UP on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 12:27 am:

Was reading on obit for my aunt Lempi Jolgren in the DMG obits and came across the one for Dan Urbanski. What a shock! Like others have said, it seems we lost a dear friend that we'd never even met, 'cept through his pictures. Our condolances and sympathies to Patty and the rest of the family. Thank you, Charlie, for introducing him to us. "Oh, Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling...."

By MamaShaggy, Oregon on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 01:21 am:

Dan ... how can your loved ones ever not think of you in your beloved U.P.? When the slant of the sun shines in just the right direction, one might think the warm pressure on their back is merely the sun. But we will know it is your spirit guiding people ... helping them to capture the perfect shot ... reminding them to pause and notice the beauty in this world. You are with us for always, and you will always be appreciated. Thank you for touching my life.

And, Patty ... Shoulder's here for you whenever you need it. I wish you well sweetie.

By Taka on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 04:42 am:

I have not been visiting this website regularly lately. Then someone emailed me the news about Mr. Dan Urbanski today and I found he has gone.
Although I have never exchanged words with him, his eye inspired me and taught me a lot about what it takes to find the beauty of nature. My appreciation to Mr. Urbanski and to the people who have been visiting this website.

By Michele Anderson on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 12:58 pm:

Charlie, thanks so much for this tribute to Dan Urbanski. I especially remember his wonderful photos of the northern lights that you and he shared with Keweenaw Now through the Pasty Cam. Please extend our deepest sympathy to his family.

By Dale Capps-------S.C. on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 01:08 pm:

What do you say .... at a time like this ?

I was just beginning to get to know both of you when I got the news . Dan's photos will be in my heart for as long as I live .We will carry on his love for nature and the beauty God created that Dan so dearly loved .
God bless you , Patty !!!!!

By Anne Hawman, Fairbanks, Alaska on Thursday, August 19, 2004 - 12:34 pm:

I am very saddened to hear of Dan's passing. Although I never knew Dan, I've surely enjoyed seeing his photos on this site over the years. Spent my summers as a kid in Eagle Harbor. Rest in peace, Dan.

By Barry Seymour, Manhattan Beach, Califonrina on Thursday, August 19, 2004 - 04:24 pm:

They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. Dan Urbanski let us look through his eyes -- revealing to all of us the beauty in his soul.

The world is a better place for you having been here. Rest In Peace. You will be sorely missed.

By Chris Williams MN on Friday, August 20, 2004 - 09:34 pm:

Being a fellow photographer I loved looking at Dan's work(passion). I was deeply sadden to hear of his death. I hope that all who knew him and loved him know that he has brought much joy to this world. I have a feeling that he will continue to have an effect on everyone that knew him. May God bless Patty as she deals with this loss.

By Karen Buck, Virginia on Sunday, August 22, 2004 - 09:42 pm:

Please extend my sympathy to the family of Mr. Dan Urbanski. Although I never knew him I truly feel that I have lost a friend and fellow Upper Peninsula nature lover. His photos are incredible and will be a legacy that we all can share and feel as though we walked where he did and saw what he saw. May God bless Patty and the rest of his family through this difficult time.

By Brian Wellwood, Sunfield, MI on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 10:01 am:

I am sorry to hear of Dan's passing. I only knew him threw his photography and his wonderful photos of the UP was a kickstart for me to undertake that wonderful hobby that may sometime turn into more than just that. I send my sympathy to his family and wish him an eternity of beautiful wilderness in the great years beyond.

By Sandy BeachLady Punta Gorda, FL on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 02:07 pm:

My prayers are with Dan's family. Please know that we were truly blessed to have such a remarkable person walk this earth and share his love of it with us.
I wanted Dan & Patty to come see me in Florida but God had other plans for Dan. I love you Patty.

By Jim / Green, Michigan on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 02:30 pm:

There is an ancient legend known by the people of Lake Superior. When an eagle flies over the site of a funeral service, the departed spirit is released. Yesterday we said goodbye to an artist, visionary, and friend. Dan was many things to many people, a kind and gentle man always willing to lend a hand. The service was perfect, with music, poetry, and Danís photographs. There was a large attendance of Danís friends from near and far. It was a beautiful celebration of his life. As we left the service I looked up to the sky.........and the eagle flew.

By Ron Springer, E. Lansing, MI on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 04:35 pm:

I try to get to the U.P. every fall and Lake of the Clouds at least once every two years. (If I don't, I get really cranky) My sister-in-law is a Hematite. I bought some of Dan's work three years ago. My thoughts are with Patty and his family.

By Frank, St. Charles IL on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 04:54 pm:

I've been grieving ever since I learned of Dan's passing. Like others have said, I feel like I've lost a really good friend I'd just not yet had the opportunity to meet.

I've hacked at photography for 45 or so years and even taught photography for a few years, trying to infuse students with a sensitivity to see the small things in life and nature, too--not just the grand vistas, big trees, horizon-to-horizon sunsets, etc. To learn composition, and how powerful light and shadow can be. I've been blessed to taken some nice pix, but nothing like what Dan was able to capture.

Dan "got it".

His eye for composition, light and shadow, and color was always spot-on.

I'm saddened I never met him, never had the chance to tell him how his photos moved me, and I never even just wrote a note to let him know. Now it's too late. We'll be up there in a month, and while we can buy another print, something will be missing.

Maybe now's the time for the rest of us to set our own standards higher because of the wonderful examples of Dan's photography and life. I'll try my best, that's certain.

Prayers and condolences to Patty, their families and friends, and Sara (also a talented photog). May He provide you with strength and love to help each other now and in the future.

By Deb K - MI on Friday, August 27, 2004 - 12:20 pm:

Rest in peace, dear Dan. It's obvious that you touched a lot of lives with your talent. My own son is going to study photography this year. It can be a powerful language, which you spoke so well. Blessings to your family.

By Irene, MI on Tuesday, December 7, 2004 - 11:39 am:

Dan had a wonderful God-given talent that we will all miss. He inspired us with his photography and his life - both quietly wild. I was priviliged to meet him at a Natural Areas Association seminar that included a tour of the Porkies and slides by Dan. I was hoping to go to one of his photo seminars. I regret that I didn't. My prayers are with his family and friends.

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