|Birth: ||May 23, 1943|
|Death: ||Nov. 9, 1999|
San Mateo County
Died suddenly of a stroke at a construction job.
There is no way in hell that one individual can create a scene the likes of Peet's Coffee in Menlo Park in the 70s and 80s, with it's daily "regulars" standing 3 and four deep at the bar, overflowing onto the sidewalk and into the park and it's weekend music jams. It was, as they say, a "happening". But, if there were such a one, they would embody the benevolence, the equanimity, the joie de vivre that was Dan Rosset of those years.
Dan was an avid cactus grower and collector, a garage sale maven, master carpenter, lover of all things slightly off-center. He had a way of accepting, including, and reveling in the company of almost everyone, even those most of us found difficult to endure. He saw in each of us what was sweet, or fun, or interesting, or somehow valuable. He laughed a lot, brought magazines, cartoons and toys to Peet's for "show and tell", and generally was something of a "Mr. Congeniality".
He was known to bum a ride up to Skyline so he could roller skate all the way down Kings Mountain Road. He and I used to walk down Santa Cruz Avenue with our shoulders pressed together, our feet getting further and further apart, forming a walking A-frame. One time we even got ticketed for "frivolous frolicking", a little-known Menlo Park statute that prohibits a person driving a scooter (me) from pulling a person on roller skates (him) behind them. Dan called Menlo Park "the center of the universe". He was a great bud and a damn fine human being.
At his memorial, held in "Peet's Park" [aka Fremont Park], we learned that he knew he had high blood pressure and chose not to take meds for it; it is possible that he was ready to go home.
It was evident from things people said at his memorial that Dan's memory will live in the hearts of many, many people, even those he touched just briefly. He was the supreme mirth-maker, with a Ph.D. in Silliness, an ambassador of unity.
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Created by: emersunrose
Record added: Mar 21, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67235377
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