We are asking for donations to help cover Dan's funeral expenses, plus we also need to cover his mortgage and some of his other debts. Unfortunately, Dan's financial assets are frozen until an Executor has been approved by the LA Superior Court, and so we are trying to keep up the payments for his personal property until a probate judge grants an Executor access to all of his accounts.
So many of you have kindly asked how you can help, and making a contribution would be a practical, supportive way to demonstrate your affection for our extraordinary friend, who has left us much too soon.
UPDATE: Go Fund Me has requested that I provide a few more details about myself and how your donation will be used. I have been a friend of Dan's since 1978 when he was cast in a play I wrote, "Homesick At The Ann Frank Lounge". Over the last 41 years. we have supported and cheered each other on through many play productions, lots of survival jobs, and also through major life events including the death of his mother, my wedding and his many medical procedures. Your generous donations will be immediately used to pay for Dan's cremation, and also to hire a lawyer to probate Dan's estate. California probate laws are intensely complicated and because Dan does not have any relatives nearby (he has a niece in Utah who is dealing with her hospitalized preemie infant), I am working closely with Dan's surviving sister-in-law (his brother died earlier this year) and his closest friends to find affordable representation who can take care of all of Dan's affairs.
A memorial service is being planned and more details will be announced in the coming weeks. If you have any questions, please feel free to privately message me. And please share our fundraiser with anyone who might not be on Facebook, but would be interested in making a donation to help us honor Dan's tremendous legacy of championing theater artists wherever he went.