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benderofwood
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My prayers to the family and can't wait to shoot another round with him in heaven; see you Mr Dan and thank you for everything;

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Hey Joel, I remember that story but someone else told me it happen to them!?. I guess Ole Dan must have played that trick seldom. He needed a snake to control the mice in that Astro Van!

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DD just called....he said Big Dan fought a good fight. Brought a welling up in my chest........

Arrangements are not confirmed yet but he thinks Friday night for visitation and Saturday for graveside.
Will keep all posted.

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He lived in my county, and I'd spoken with him about a year ago. Apparently he had suffered a series of strokes.

Dan was Dan, he lived life like most of us would like to live it. He contributed greatly to archery. He and I did not always agree, but those petty (and sometimes heated) disagreements matter little now.


RIP, Dan.
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I have heard his Name mentioned a time or 2, can I ask How Old Dan was? If he was in Pain, he is in a MUCH Better Place Now. God Bless him and His Family.

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Gene Langston
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Some years ago, Dan lost a foot to diabetes. He tried a prosthetic foot, but was dissatisfied with it. So he rigged up a a recurve bow limb and used that for a foot substitute. He never lost his good humor.

He was one of a kind, had an Airstream trailer that he took on business trips that he kept rattlesnakes in (one got loose once, and stayed loose for a while.)

I think Dan's primary role was in promoting traditional archery. And he was very good at promoting it and in my opinion, was instrumental in creating a market for recurves and longbows after the compound bow pretty well wiped out the recurve/longbow market. I know he did around here, and as someone else mentioned, he was one of the prime movers in getting a bow season started in Georgia.

When he lived in Athens and ran his business out of his house, shopping direct was an adventure! He had stuff stowed away everywhere, and some especially collectable bows. One made by Buchanan, and another lovely flat bow of yew, can't remember who made it but it was fantastic.

It might take him a while, but if he had an uncommon something you wanted (and he almost always did) he'd eventually find it. I bought a feather burner, he had to go to the loft to find it. "I know I got one, it's around here somewhere."

Both his son, DD, and his daughter, Dr. Kay Quillian Carr, live in Oconee county. I think there may be another older sibling whom I've not met.

So far, the paper has not release arrangements.

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Thanks for posting all these remembrances, I am learning about a man whom I have never met. His name has danced around my periphery for many years, but our circles never met. From what I have learned so far, it will forever be my loss.

Joel, your writings I found especially touching. Thank you for showing me a wide range of the man's character. Ingenuity, humor, practicality, loyalty, tenacity, generosity... a treasure has moved from our sphere and left us some high blazes on the trail.

Killdeer [campfire]

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And the song, from beginning to end, I found again in the heart of a friend.

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Monty Browning asked me to post this for him since he says he is computer neglected (he hates them)...... he states " I first saw Dan Quillian in 1969-70 at an archery shoot near Rock Hill SC. Dan was talking to a group of archers about bowhunting, archery, tackle and sorts. I was a young man and I didn't know anything,Dan was the first guy I could understand the explanation of things. Later as I grew older and had many visits with him at local shoots and functions I realized Dan was one of the very few people that understood bowhunting and archery and how they really worked together and sometimes against each other. He understood the place each component( bowhunting, field archery,equipment, local archery clubs, etc.) contributed to this sport. He saw the whole picture. Dan was a strong person who I respected greatly."

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I think the year was 1994, I had taken my soon to be wife Caren up to Athens to a few art shops. I chose not to go to the art shops and go to this archery Traditons place I heard about.

I walked in there and opened up my case and pulled out this cam bow I'd been shooting for years. Noticed this older gent sitting in a chair, he smiled, I smiled although I did not know who he was.

I shot the range for about an hour, shoot then adjust sights, shoot some more and tinker some more.

When I was finished, all packed up, this older gent still sitting in the chair asks if I'd ever shot a longbow. I told him I had many years ago but that was then and this, pointing at the cam bow was now.

He bet me that if I shot his longbow, he would have me hitting inside a pie plate in 15 minutes. I said, okay as my soon to be wife had not arrived yet.

My soon to be wife arrived, LATE! So for 30 minutes I got a one on one private longbow shooting lesson from Dan himself that day. I was hitting in the pie plate when I left.

That was the last time I ever shot that cam bow. I traded it for a longbow.

I grew up reading about Fred Bear, Ben Pearson, watching Fred Bear on tv specials. I later realized who Dan was and to this day, I am proud to say that I got a one on one longbow lesson from him and he converted me.

Thanks Dan.

Frank V. Rago

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These are great stories about Dan. He touched a lot of people. Keep them coming.

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I've owned a Patriot, and just today bought a used Longhunter. Rest in Peace, friend. Or better yet, don't rest in peace, RAISE H*** in that land where you are. Teach the harp players how to restring their harps into recurves and longbows [Smile]
Dave in Ft. Collins, CO

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I'm very sorry to hear of Dan's passing.
My condolences to his family.

I have one of Dan's Patriot recurve bows that is 57# and love it.

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I never got to meet Dan face to face but I talked to him several times over the phone. The first time was years ago when he was still running Archery Traditions and I called his shop from work one day. I was shooting a recurve then and called about possibly finding some turkey fletching already ready to use. I was surprised at how quickly he warmed up and just wanted to talk trad archery with me. We talked for almost an hour. I was very impressed to say the least and really enjoyed talking with him. It seemed like I'd known him for a long time.He sent me some info, and since we had been talking about Mr. Hill, he also sent a pic of he and Howard on a little hunting trip he had been on with him.
I later picked up the longbow for good because of the influence of Howard, and also a man I actually got to talk a lot with, Dan Quillian. I bought one of his bamboo longhunters a few years ago used and talked with him about that bow. He always had time to talk archery! There's no doubt he stuck to his opinions as some have already mentioned, but he found the things that worked for him, and that was that. I am very saddened by his passing and very glad to have gotten to know just a tiny part of what he was about. May God comfort his family in these days and I know all of our prayers are with them.

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......"Get a good, deep grip"
and then he'd pucker up and shoot

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this is certainly a pointed conversation....

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In 91 I was on my way home to get married from Ft. Benning GA. I had read somewhere about Dan's archery shop and decided to check it out. I was a die hard compund shooter then, competing well with an Oregon Deschutes I had purchased from a great shop owner in Wapakaneta OH. Dan worked with me for about 15 minutes (promising the pie plate thing and prounounced I was ready to hunt!) and sold me my first longbow (the red elm model #1hundered and something) and what started as a little side trip is now my 15th or 16th year carrying nothing but a longbow. I still have the bow but not the wife!!

Rest easy Dan, we'll catch up soon enough

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