In honor of Dan

by Jay Thompson on November 9, 2010

I received this email and am reposting it here (with permission). A heck of a tribute to our friend Dan. Obviously he touched many people…

I ran across your website that you set up for Dan Keitz. I am Jeff Hasley and I served with him in the Navy and I am very sad to hear that he passed away. He had such a great influence on me and I will greatly miss his wry sense of humor.

When I was deployed to Afghanistan I flew a flag for him over Bagram Airfield. Three weeks ago, my wife Catheryne and I named our first child after him. I have been trying to find a way to pass along a picture to him and his family but I had no contact information.

I attached two photographs of him and I give you permission to post them on your website and pass them to the Keitz family. This was the best way I could think of to honor a great sailor and a great man.

Daniel Sean Hasley
Named in honor of Dan Keitz
October 19, 2010
Clear Lake Hospital, Webster TX
6 lbs, 12.5 oz, 18.25 inches
Mom, Dad and Daniel are doing well.


Godspeed Dano

by Jay Thompson on November 2, 2010

Just got the news that Dan lost his gallant battle with ALS over the weekend.

He touched a lot of people in his far too short life. ALS may have taken his body, but it didn’t take his spirit.

Dan’s running again.


My Friend Dan

by Jay Thompson on March 29, 2010

Meet my friend Dan Keitz.

I worked with Dan back in the day at Motorola in world-famous (at least we thought so) MOS-11 in Austin.

It’s a big giant semiconductor manufacturing fab. Very complicated, very technical stuff. I never really figured out what Dan did there… ;)

I just remember him sitting in a cubicle at the top of the stairs. He always greeted you with a smile and a story. He always had cool toys in his office and he always made me laugh my ass off. Dan is one of the funniest guys on the planet.

He was also a Commander in the U.S. Navy.

And an ultra-marathon runner.

He’s a family man.

He’s ridiculously smart. Heck, he’s a University of Texas alumni times two!

And he is, without question, a world-class human being — one of the finest individuals I’ve had the pleasure of knowing.

Now Dan has ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – Lou Gehrig’s disease) and CIDP (Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy).

I haven’t seen Dan in many years, but I’ve never forgotten him. And now he needs help and I suspect he doesn’t even want to ask for it.

So please, if you can, click on the “Donate” button over to your right. You can donate with a credit card through PayPal’s secure payment system. You do not need a PayPal account. It’s not tax deductible, but Dan needs it. His medical costs are absurd.

Here’s a video Dan’s son Kendal made to show the stages his dad has gone through in his diseases. Bring a box of Kleenex…