A week ago today, Dana's life ended when cancer finally took him from us. By all accounts he was a genuine man with a firm opinion about how the world should be. He had a bit of a rocky upbringing and lost his mother, also to cancer, while he was fighting it himself. He'd gone into remission at one point, met a wonderful lady (Mercedes) who became his wife. Found a nice house for them and adopted a couple of great dogs. He had a chance to travel to Arizona(pictured here), which I believe is the furthest he'd ever traveled; and help create some great stories I hope to still see produced in his memory in the future.
On the eve of his memorial service I'm thinking back about the time we had together as creative partners and friends. Late night runs to Denny's or Clockwork Pirate business meetings at the Wok Inn. He was there when we had our first office at The Maine Studios and instrumental in the zombie commercial post on www.clockworkpirates.com. We wrote Starring: Zack Reilly, Spirit Island, and Murder in Maine together. There are also a half a dozen unfinished projects that we conceived together that still need closure. Dana was an immensely talented and creative individual with a very clear vision of his creations. He could describe some of those creations down to the color of their shoelaces. I will miss our debates on the placement of montages or wet t-shirts in romantic comedies just to recall a couple choice memories. Mostly though I will miss having him as a sounding board. He was someone whose opinion differed from mine often enough to make me re-think my work and opinions.
Tomorrow is the memorial and we will say our formal goodbyes, but I know that through his creations,
Dana E. Sonnie will live on.
Rest in Peace
Dana E. Sonnie