A Brighton High School and Eastern Michigan University graduate, Dan began his career in 1980 at the University of Michigan as a specialized cost accountant. Dan married Jane Warren in 1996 and they had two children, Meghan and Patrick. Dan enjoyed spending time with his family more than anything. Dan retired in December of 2018 so that he could focus on enjoying his Pure Michigan life of skiing, fishing, hunting, kayaking, throwing darts, golfing and biking with his family and friends.
Tragically, while Dan was biking in Island Lake Recreation Park in Brighton, Michigan on April 24, 2019, he was hit by a distracted driver. He died just days later, and in an instant, Dan’s family and friends’ lives were forever changed.
The Daniel J. Horal Family Foundation:
After Dan’s passing on April 26, 2019, Hometown Bicycles, Dan’s beloved bike shop in Brighton, MI organized a “Do It For Dan” (DIFD) Memorial Ride. The inaugural event was held on May 5, 2019, bringing together over 500 people to complete the ride that Dan was never able to finish. The event focused on creating awareness to share the road between motorists and bicyclists. It also promoted cycling safety and advocacy. If we can save one life it is well worth it, not only for the cyclist, but for everyone effected by these preventable tragedies.
Dan was a great believer in giving back and as a great outdoorsman he would be thrilled to see good come from this tragedy. The recently established Daniel J. Horal Family Foundation will employ the September 27, 2020 Do It For Dan Ride as a fundraiser. There are several areas that the funds will be distributed, with the purpose of improving awareness and safety for cyclists.
Additional information on the Daniel J. Horal Family Foundation and the annual Do It For Dan Ride is available at facebook.com/doitfordanride. We welcome volunteers to join our efforts in Dan’s memory.
The following organizations are the planned beneficiaries for 2020:
Dan Horal Scholarship
Friends of Island Lake
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
League of Michigan Bicyclists
We thank you in advance for your contribution to these worthwhile beneficiaries in honor of the man that we all loved so very much. We miss you Dan.