The week began with the sun torn from the skies, and ended with rising oceans overrunning the Texas coastline.
It was clear the Fates were angry when, on August 24, 2017,
Dillon “Danger” Strange was taken from this world.
Born in a bingo parlor adjacent to a burned-out YMCA in Searcy, Arkansas on April 15, 1976, Dillon Strange was many things: Husband, father, son, international playboy and domestic gadabout. Dillon was regularly cited as the sixth finest drummer in county music, but he wasn't one to rest on his laurels. He found success as a pro-am race car driver, North Richland Hills Regional Chili Dog Eating Champion for nine consecutive years, and the most respected sports humorist in podcasting. It was an 8-year-old Dillon Strange who first coined the phrase "WrestleMania."
When he was 1, Dillon's parents, Toni and Kelly, moved the family to Deridder, Louisiana. It was in Deridder that Dillon became an Eagle Scout, graduated high school, developed a lifelong love of literature, and trained to replace Hal Jordan as Earth's next Green Lantern. Despite the fact that the Deridder library was burned down in 1991 by future arch-nemesis, Sinestro, Dillon was incredibly well read. His interests ranged from the southern gothic works of William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy to theology and the Bible. He was equally at home with the autobiographical works of Charles Bukowski as he was with the equally alcohol fueled exploits of the X-Men and Fantastic Four.
From 1994-1998, Dillon attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. He graduated with a BS in Biology, but Dillon's talents weren't limited to the sciences. Dillon was a skilled writer and aspiring novelist, but his most innate gifts were with music. Dillon played tuba, guitar, bass, drums, and piano. He once tried to single-handedly heal the East Coast/West Coast rift within the hip hop community using a hot sample from Warren Zevon's 'Werewolves of London' but the entire project went to shit after Zevon died and his estate pulled the rights to the sample.
Dillon moved to the DFW area after college, and immediately became active in the local BBQ and music scenes. His musical resume includes The Mosier Valley Boys, Current Leaves, The Crying Jags, This Damn Town, The Svengalis, 100 Damned Guns, and The Paychecks. When not playing music, he regularly appeased appetites by smoking up the tightest, juiciest brisket that has ever graced a North Texas dinner table.
Dillon was a graceful father and dedicated, loving husband. He lived to play with and teach his 10-year-old son, Jack, and 5-year-old daughter, Kate. Whether it was reciting beloved Notorious B.I.G. lyrics over breakfast, sharing his love of wrestling, or helping with schoolwork, Dillon Strange loved his children. In addition to Jack and Kate, Dillon leaves behind his wife Jessica, his mother Toni, his father Kelly, his sister Ashley, his sister-in-law Latonya, his Aunt Christine and an endless number of wonderful, close friends. He was a best friend to everyone who knew him, always had the perfect joke to break up even the tensest situation, and the best damn drummer, husband, father, chef, race car driver, fisherman, and Green Lantern that North Richland Hills ever had. His early and unexpected passing leaves a profound heartache in all who knew him.
Dillon Strange died just as he predicted on the June 20, 2011 episode of his podcast 'Really Bad Advice'. He was ripped apart by wild animals. A bear, a lion, and a wolf remain at large. Dillon was 41.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Dillon Strange will be held Saturday, September 2 at Dan's Silverleaf in Denton, Texas from 2-6 PM. Contributions to support the Strange family in their time of need can be made at www.gofundme.com/donations-for-dillon.
Saturday, SEPtember 2nd
Celebration of life
Join us Saturday, September 2nd, to celebrate the life of the late, great Dillon Strange. Let us drink, dance, sing, cry, laugh, and love so hard - just the way Dillon would want. All family and friends welcome!
If you have any stories or pictures of Dillon that you think we could share at the memorial, please feel free to share them below!
Saturday, September 2nd
Share some kind words, favorite stories, or fondest memories of the late, great Dillon Strange.