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Daniel J. “Dan” Voll

Daniel J. “Dan” Voll

June 21, 1957 - January 22, 2018     Age: 60

Daniel James Voll, age 60 died Jan. 22, 2018 in Fernandina Beach, Florida. On January 4th he suffered an unexpected and horrific brain stem stroke. He was to have left the next day for a Costa Rica vacation. He was treated at Baptist Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida and placed on life support and later was transferred to hospice care in Fernandina Beach so he could be near his loving care takers and friends until he passed away.

Daniel was born June 21, 1957 in Baraboo, the second son of Carl and Shirley (Churchill) Voll. He was baptized and confirmed in the First Methodist Church in Baraboo. He was a graduate of the Baraboo schools, attended Boo-U for a time. Dan started guitar lessons at age 9, thereafter it became his passion. He had several gigs in and around Baraboo and Sauk County with some of his high school classmates. He founded the Abracadabra Band, they also had gigs in Sauk and Dane County. In 1980 he relocated to Rockford, Illinois, where he played in the Betsy Kaske bands, Combo Loco and the Little Kings. He formed his own band, Voltaire and The Mole Men. Voltaire was a takeoff on his own name and The Mole Men came about because of rehearsing in basements. He wrote a lot of his own music based around his guitar playing. He studied with Ted Greene. He taught guitar at Rockford College and also starred in musical theatricals; The Patsy Cline Story and The Grapes of Wrath. In the later he taught himself to play a saw which added a new sound to the music. He was awarded many Rockford area music awards for other avenues such as Critics Choice Best Album Award. He met a fellow musician named Filomeno Ballumbrosco Guadalupe, who told Dan ‘I’m here with my cajon’. Through a mixture of rhythms and traditions a ‘Combo Loco’ son was born. A gig was set up for Dan and Filomeno to play in a downtown theatre in Lima, Peru, where Dan played several singles, several with Filomeno and several with other musicians.

After returning to the Rockford area other gigs were waiting in that area and the Chicago area. On June 2, 1990 Dan and Betsy Kaske were married in the Oregon Stoughton area at a dear friends home, Robin and Bob Postel hosting the festivities. Sadly in May of 2017 Robin Postel passed away. Several years later Dan and Betsy amicably divorced. Dan relocated to the Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island area where he found his true niche. He fell in love with that area and with the people he met there and they with him. He was a sought after guitarist and played with many great bands. He was active in social events, taught young children and older adults the guitar, always with kindness and patience. He was a great musician and even greater human being wrote an admirer. He was beloved by all for his kindness and ability to make others feel special wrote another. He was so highly thought of that a flag was flown at half-mast over Fernandina Beach on Jan. 22nd. Dan’s creed was, ‘I wanted to be an ‘important’ guitar player, now I just want to make someone smile’.

A Celebration of life with be held at Fernandina Beach on March 4, 2018 and a permanent memorial is being planned there.

Daniel is survived by his mother, Shirley; sister, Lisa Johnson; brother, Jeffrey (Cheryl) Voll all of Baraboo; two nieces, Ashley (Derrick Powers) Voll of Reedsburg and Arielle (Jim) Ortega of Neenah and his former wife, Betsy Kaske of Rockford and by many cousins, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Carl on May 11, 2016.

He is also survived by many Fernandina Beach friends; special friends from that area are Donna Carine, Flip (Susan) Gallion, Pajamadave (Zan) Voorhees, Michele Anders and her husband, and many others, too numerous to write of. Dan never forgot his Baraboo roots and would come home twice a year and visit Devil’s Lake and Ski-Hi Fruit Farm where he picked apples one high school summer. Daniel was such a special person and died much too young. We, his family, here in Baraboo are devastated and heartbroken. A family service will be held at a later date. Cremation has taken place, inurnment will be in Walnut Hill Cemetery. The Oxley-Heard Funeral Home of Fernandina Beach, Florida and The Redlin Funeral Home of Baraboo are assisting the family.


41 Condolences

  • Mary Moore Posted January 22, 2018 8:20 am

    What an excellent musician! He would always sing “Mary” songs to me when I would walk on to that deck at the Green Turtle. A wonderful man who will be sorely missed by all of us in Fernandina Beach. Rest in peace, Dan.

  • Margo Story Posted January 22, 2018 11:14 am

    You will be lovingly missed Danno……Rest in Peace my friend.

  • Dena Posted January 22, 2018 11:20 am

    Wow. This is still so hard to believe. You surely were one of a kind. This community will suffer a great loss without you. I still cannot imagine this town without you in it. You touched so many people and made even more smile, just by being in the room. We will surely miss you, your music and your shenanigans at Amelia River Cruises. Rest in Peace Dan, we love you…

  • Lori Miller Bennett Posted January 22, 2018 11:35 am

    FerDANdina will not be the same without you. Truly a one of kind all around great person, musician, comedian and friend. You made me smile and I will always smile when I think of you. I will never ever forget you Dan Voll !

  • Mariah & Mike Lovin Posted January 22, 2018 11:55 am

    You always put a special touch into every song. You remembered tourists and locals alike. We will always dance to FREE as if you were playing it for us. We are grateful to have you in many happy memories.

  • Rosie Posted January 22, 2018 12:03 pm

    Dan, you touched us all, made us feel like family. I had long ago lost my nickname Rosie, but you saw my Brother in law call me Rosie and I became Rosie to you.

    I’ve seen you make many smile, take them from their fears, or aches for awhile with a song and a laugh. You were a true PERFORMER that knew just when and just what to play, in addition to being so gifted.

    I will miss you so much Danno… I know you are in Heaven , playing your music, and smiling on us. I’m so grateful for the memories and the many friends I have because I followed you. Love you always, rest in peace.

  • J.C. Posted January 22, 2018 12:09 pm

    Dan my friend you were one of a kind. I remember meeting you years ago after listening to you play and thinking “noe there is a guitarist!” You never stopped smiling, you never said an ill word about anyone, and you always brought joy to those around you. Rest easy my friend.

  • Jenny Posted January 22, 2018 12:11 pm

    Dan was a sweet, caring man, and an amazing musician. He was an icon of this community and will be missed by many, including me.

  • melanie Posted January 22, 2018 12:20 pm

    Dan made such an impact on so many lives. He was a great talent and a wonderful man and friend to all. You will be deeply missed. Rest in peace my friend.

  • Leroy Posted January 22, 2018 12:23 pm

    I only came to know Dan 5 years ago. I am a photo/vid guy & I have every pic & vid that I ever took of Dan performing at many places in Fernandina Beach. I will from time to time post them up on Fb for friends & fans to see & enjoy remembering Dan. Dan did well in his life on this earth!

  • Michael Bond Posted January 22, 2018 12:24 pm

    You were truly a magical musician. Loved hearing you play over the years. You will be greatly missed. May your spirit sore forever. Cornbread…!!!

  • Mike Devereaux Posted January 22, 2018 12:46 pm

    Dan, it was an honor to have been your friend and fellow musician. Thank you for all of the memories, from playing music with you, listening to you and just hanging out and talking shop. You will surely be missed by your Island Family. Fly High and enjoy playing with that awesome band in the sky! RIP “Dan-o”

  • Nancy Fishburn Posted January 22, 2018 12:47 pm

    We are so sorry to hear this sad news. Dan was an incredibly kind and fun person and played the best Spanish guitar I have ever heard. His presence and talent will be sorely missed.

  • Jeri Kolke Posted January 22, 2018 1:29 pm

    Dan was an incredibly talented musician and a friend to all of Fernandina Beach. Rest In Peace. Love and prayers continue for Dan’s family.

  • JEANNE WYATT Posted January 22, 2018 1:40 pm

    I remember being on the team to hire you to teach guitar at the Amelia Arts Academy way back when. Then, just hiring you for events and becoming your friend. My eyes are leaking for your passing because I selfishly want to continue to see and hear your music, enjoy your innate kindness, and joy of living. Join the angels and heavenly chorus as one of the good ones to die young. RIP. You will never be forgotten.

  • Sandy ZACHARY Posted January 22, 2018 4:08 pm

    So very sorry for the loss of DAN..He was a sweet man and an excellent musician. He brought joy to all that knew him. He is singing with the Angels

  • Paul Lore Posted January 22, 2018 4:37 pm

    Your voice and notes will forever be in my heart…

  • Bill and Linda Malone Posted January 22, 2018 4:45 pm

    Dan is so special to us. He added a really sweet touch to our niece’s wedding. Our prayers of comfort are with all who are hurting so badly.

  • Caroline Blochlinger Posted January 22, 2018 6:46 pm

    From all the places I hung hearing your music and enjoying the vibes, occasionally sharing a smile. I only wished I would have known you better. Our town truly has lost an amazing person. I will keep on remembering your music and will miss seeing you around town with your guitar even seeing you on your bicycle. You will be missed.

  • Nick and Barbara Hartley Posted January 22, 2018 7:31 pm

    Dan, I was very fortunate and honored to be your friend. You touched the lives of so many people in Fernandina Beach. I remember the 1st day we met and listening to you play music at the beach and the many Saturdays that came after. Every time I saw you I would always ask you how you were doing and it was always the same “well, you know Nick, just living the dream”. I know that will be true in the next life as well. Rest in Peace my friend, you will be missed.

  • Tom and Anita Posted January 22, 2018 7:39 pm

    Dan will be missed in NC too. We regularly visit friends on the island and almost always hear him sing and play somewhere. Amelia Island won’t be the same without Dan.

  • Jane Posted January 22, 2018 8:24 pm

    Sincere condolences. Dan’s friends in Puerto Rico heard the news and are also saddened.

  • Heidi Cormier Posted January 22, 2018 9:34 pm

    Dan had the heart of passion for life, the ability to change someone’s day for the better with his smile, and will be missed very much by many.

  • Sandy Posted January 22, 2018 11:23 pm

    Dan had a way to make everyone feel included and special. His special talents, zest for life, and zing for music was inspiring. I will forever cherish special times with DJV. A big tear and heart strings pull every time I hear Wagon Wheel and Sideways. Already missing that Dan smile and laugh and easy ways.

  • James Posted January 23, 2018 8:25 am

    Dan you will be missed. You were loved by many and touched our hearts with your music and witty humor.

  • Bobbi and Loren Lum Posted January 23, 2018 10:14 am

    Dan’s music was the soundtrack of our life here on the island. He will be missed immensely. Our condolences to his family.

  • Sharon Cassidy Posted January 23, 2018 11:02 am

    Dan was one of the greatest musicians that has ever played in Fernandina Beach. We will surely miss him.

  • Gina Sue Rowe Posted January 23, 2018 11:41 am

    RIP Dan Voll. Not only were you one of the best musician’s, you were the kindest of souls, and a great friend to many of us. You are missed.

  • Kenneth Cain Posted January 23, 2018 1:49 pm

    Oh Dan, words cannot express our sorrow , but also our joy remembering all the great memories of musical evenings and road trips. Your memory is etched into our family’s history.

  • Terry Bean Posted January 23, 2018 4:11 pm

    It’s amazing to be so new to the Island yet understand the impact that you Dan had on each and every one of us. You played like no other and the sound of your guitar will live on forevermore. Thank you for being so welcoming and loving. Your a dear soul Dan who is and will be missed everyday. Rest In Peace – with love.

  • Tommy Stephens Posted January 23, 2018 6:44 pm

    Oh, Daniel, way too soon. Gonna miss you. You are like a song I can’t get out of my head. Fly High, love you, man.

  • Julia Newhouse and Dennis Jay Posted January 24, 2018 10:01 am

    Dan, Davis and Pam with their amazing talents were the reasons we came to Fernie by boat every year, and eventually moved here.We felt that a community that promotes such talent was well worth being a part of that magic. Dan had a special gift of connecting to his audience like no other; he remembered names, gave us nicknames, incuded us in madeup songs that created a huge following.His professionalism was evident when he played old standby songs every week as if he were playing each for the first time.He brought together an eclectic bunch of people that perhaps would otherwise never meet. His incredible talent extended way beyond cover songs as his penchant for latin and classical guitar pieces awed us every time.The gifts that he has left us all will remain forever: the music, and the community which he helped to create,

  • Laura Posted January 24, 2018 12:04 pm

    Godspeed Dan. Truly gonna miss your smile!

  • Aileen Vance Posted January 24, 2018 1:33 pm

    I’m so sad to hear of Dan’s passing! It was truly a pleasure and an honor to have been able to play music and perform with Dan here in Northern California. His willingness to sit down and play with so many different kids of people and diverse styles of music was almost unbelievable—he would come to play with two people at the Rafael Manriquez Festival here and end up glued to a stool on stage for all of the festival acts because EVERYONE wanted him to accompany them. Calm, good-natured, open, sensitive to each musician, and just fun to play music with. It is so hard to fathom that we won’t again enjoy his “ojos de cielo,” his smile, and his magical collaborations. My heart goes out to his friends and family, to Donna, to Shell and to the community in Fernandina Beach!

  • Marci & Ricardo Valdivieso Posted January 24, 2018 3:46 pm

    Querido Danito con tus ojos de cielo, Dearest friend we will miss your generous smile, your laid back style and your incredible guitar. I never thought we would say goodbye so soon, we had so many musical projects to share with you. Ricardo and I, we will miss you so very much. Perhaps you will find Rafael on your journey and play wonderful music together like you did here in California. May the sounds of your guitar remain in a corner of our memory and may your soul soar And take you where you need to go, we’ll be seeing you querido. Our condolences to friends and family Dan was truly a beautiful man.

  • Kay and Todd Ferkey and Family Posted January 24, 2018 8:51 pm

    Sending all our love to MY ROCK STAR COUSIN DANNY BOY and to his family..gonna miss that guy much!! What a legacy you have left impacting so many people…PROUD OF YOU!! XXOO!! You were always my favorite kissin cousin being just 3 months apart!! 🙂

  • Kay and Todd Ferkey and Family Posted January 24, 2018 8:56 pm

    Sending our condolences to the Voll Family..Love you all.. Dan sure left quite a legacy and had such a wonderful life full of so many friends and memories…I know I will cherish mine of him!!

  • Ian Hewlett Posted January 25, 2018 5:04 pm

    Rest in Peace, Dan Voll – an absolutely wonderful human that taught a skinny teenager how to play guitar way back in the early nineties and set me on a musical path that has lasted my life. Thank you.

  • Lauri Moon Posted January 26, 2018 7:37 am

    Will always love you Dan.

  • Rick and Elizabeth Teaff Posted February 1, 2018 1:56 am

    Dearest Dan, From the first time we heard you play “Wonderful Tonight”, we knew you would play it at our wedding. 11/26/11, you played for us, & you and Donna sat with us at our bridal table as friends. You made us feel like we were your special friends amongst a sea of fans and friends. Your incredible talent will live forever in Fernandina Beach. We want your family to know that our thoughts and prayers are with them, especially “mom” who he talked about fondly. He could have chosen so many different musical paths and places to live, but chose Fernandina Beach. He knew what was important in life. Dan, the unique, talented, beautiful Dan. With Love, and admiration, Your friends from Pittsburgh, Pa, Rick and Elizabeth

  • Alexandra L. Posted February 2, 2018 9:32 pm

    Dan, you will be with us always. Your bright smile and humor, ever remembered in our hearts, fill the Island air like music. I curtsy to you!

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