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Dan Dye

Posted By Ballard Sunder Funeral Home On July 10, 2021 @ 12:08 pm In 2021,Obituaries | 6 Comments

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Dan Dye, age 52, of Hastings, MN, passed unexpectedly Thursday, July 8, 2021.

A time of gathering will be held on Friday, July 16, 2021 starting at 10:00 AM, with closing words at 11:30 AM, all at Ballard-Sunder Funeral & Cremation, 4565 Pleasant Street SE, Prior Lake, MN. Memorials are preferred to the family.

Danny Tarry Dye was born on February 7, 1969, in Omaha, NE, to parents, Alvin “Butch” and Leanne (Hornbeck) Dye. He first grew up in Omaha, along with his younger brother, Jerry. Around the age of 9, Dan moved to Burnsville, MN, with his mother and her husband Donald Irwin. As a young man, Dan enjoyed playing high school hockey and he graduated from Apple Valley High School in 1987.

In 1989, while paying for gas in his car, Dan was captivated by the young cashier, behind the counter. Her name was Heidi Trangsrud. They eventually started dating and on September 10, 1994, at a backyard wedding, Dan and Heidi were married. They were blessed with four sons, Justin, Josh, Cody and Tyler. The family settled their roots in Rosemount from 1996-2004, before moving to Belle Plaine, MN. It was here, Dan and his family had room to roam and play with their motorized toys on five acres. Dan also enjoyed fishing and hanging out in the shop restoring cars.

Dan was an amazing entrepreneur. He had the knowledge, business sense and gift to take an idea or business and build it to perfection. He was always starting different companies. From 1991-2013, Dan owned and operated American Remodeling Contractors. His company did everything and well!

Dan was also a professional drag racer. He founded ‘Insanity Racing’. Dan was so proud of his 1971 440 Six Pack Cuda`. The car may have not been the fastest, but it was an extremely rare car. Between Dan’s charismatic personality and type of car, Insanity Racing had a strong following of devoted fans. From 1999 to 2006, Dan and his family were able to travel all over the United States and Alaska racing, attending Mopar Madness and appearing in promotional events.

In 2013, Dan and Heidi parted ways. He struggled with some demons that took over his life. But in 2019, Dan was committed to changing his life around. He fought and fought hard to remain on the straighten arrow. Over the last half a year, Dan has enjoyed reconnecting with his family. He especially has enjoyed meeting his granddaughter, Lily (aka Bat Man), while she named him Iron Man.

Dan lived an extreme life. He lived every second as his last. Dan will be remembered by sons, Justin Trangsrud, Josh (Ariel) Dye, Cody Dye, Tyler Dye; granddaughter, Lily Dye; father, Alvin “Butch” Dye; stepdad, Don Irwin; grandma, Dorothy Kinser; brother, Jerold (Jeni) Irwin; nephew and Godson, Ryan Irwin; niece, Rylee Irwin; other relatives and friends.

Dan is preceded in death by his mother, Leanne Irwin and grandparents.

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Condolence from Ryan Heckman on July 10th, 2021 4:05 pm

Heidi, Justin, Josh, Cody and Ty,

I love you guys. I’m so sorry to hear about Dan. One of my favorite childhood memories is being picked up by Heidi and Dan, and Dan looked at justin and I and asked if we wanted to go to the Timberwolves playoff game that night. We shouted “Yeah!” and he said, “Okay. Let’s go!” I’ll never forget that night!

Praying for you during this difficult time.


Condolence from Shawn Longacre on July 11th, 2021 10:04 am

To Uncle Don and family, I’m so sorry to hear about Dan’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. with much love. Shawn

Condolence from MICHELLE DURHAM on July 11th, 2021 3:34 pm

Josh & family Words can not express How Truly Sorry & saddened we are for the loss of your father .We will keep you all in our thoughts & prayers . Love Always Michelle Durham Stephanie & Serenity.

Condolence from Jennifer Witeli on July 13th, 2021 12:04 am

I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. You have my sympathy. And hugs for the kiddos. Jen

Condolence from Aaron Van Heel on July 15th, 2021 9:12 am

We are so sorry for your loss, Dan was always a fun guy at the race track and he will not be forgotten! He was great at what he did (handled my storm damage a while back) and had a real passion for drag racing and his racing friends. Keep his memories alive and remember the good times, I know we will, Godspeed to Dan. Aaron, Kim, Emma & Lily

Condolence from Simone Coleman on July 16th, 2021 8:22 pm

I knew life would change for him becoming sober, and being fairly private it celebrating his success and minding his own life one day at a time. I never got the chance to see him in that light, just heard his voice and often encouraging words that genuinely came from his heart and believed in me , as I did for him as well. It’s crazy how he and I met, how I actually took the time to get to know him and listen to him- brought he and I to a rare place of trust And honor – and bottom line the belief that we could do better. I always knew he could, he never stopped believing I would. Great friend to me, I wi cherish the highs and cry for the lows. Wish he could have met my daughter, he was so proud of me getting my shit right for her n staying straight.
I will never not think of him and speak in his tone of voice while saying his name.
Ttyl Dan; keep cruising on that hog of yours until you see me and know to turn the damn thing off
Or scoot forward for me since you obviously forgot my bedazzled side car
…..Not your fault, my problem.

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