Daniel R. Lange

Born: Thu., Aug. 1, 1957
Died: Tue., Jul. 19, 2016

Celebration of Life

11:00 AM Tue., Aug. 02, 2016
Location: Pendleton Free Methodist Church

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Daniel R. Lange

August 1, 1957 – July 19, 2016

Daniel R. Lange – a Pendleton resident passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston, Oregon.  He was 58 years old. 

A Celebration of Daniel’s Life will be held Tuesday, August 2, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the Pendleton Free Methodist Church.  Sign the online condolence book at www.burnsmortuary.com.  Arrangements are with Burns Mortuary of Pendleton. 

Daniel was born August 1, 1957, in Missoula, Montana, to Lloyd George and Wanda (Seng) Lange.  He was raised and educated in Montana, attending the University of Montana.  On February 16, 1980, he married Karen O’Conner in Missoula, MT.  He then attended the University of Northern Colorado where he attained a Masters of Saxophone Performance.  Daniel came to Oregon to teach music at Blue Mountain Community College, where he later became an integral part of the Administration.  He was an active member of Pendleton Free Methodist Church.  His hobbies included riding his motorcycle and tinkering with his home theatre.

Daniel is survived by wife of thirty-six years, Karen Lange, his sons Adam and Jason Lange, his brothers Doug, Darrin and Don Lange, eight nieces and nephews, and his parents George and Wanda Lange.  

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Ernesto & Kristan Garza
   Posted Sat July 23, 2016
We are so sorry for your loss. Dan was such a wonderful and kind man. We both enjoyed spending time with him and your family when the boys were playing ball together. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

John Taylor
   Posted Sat July 23, 2016
Karen and Family; I am sorry to hear of the passing of Dan. I will always remember him with very fond memories as a driving force in front of a BMCC band.

John Weddle
   Posted Mon July 25, 2016
To Karen and family,

I was saddened to learn of Dan's passing. I preceded Dan at BMCC in the music department until he took over the band program in 1983. I always enjoyed talking with both Dan and Karen each September at Round-Up. He was such a nice person and fine saxophonist. He really found a home in Pendleton and was loved by many.

Tod & Lorie Case
   Posted Mon July 25, 2016
Karen, Adam, & Jason,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We pray that God's strength & comfort may be with you. It is sad to hear of Dan's passing. I am glad that I had the opportunity to know Dan & your family and have a chance to work with Dan for over 20 years at BMCC. He will truly be missed.

Tod & Lorie

Steven Sobotta and Family
   Posted Mon July 25, 2016
I will so miss Dan from when I worked at BMCC and after. He was such a wonderful guy and loved Karen so much. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed the jokes that Dave Entermille and I played on him and other teachers at BMCC. He will be so missed by so many people. I wish I could make the services.

   Posted Mon July 25, 2016
I first meet Dan as a young saxophone player desperately in need of training and if you’ve ever heard someone trying to learn to play the sax…let’s just say fingers on the chalk board is heaven to the ears in comparison. Dan had the patience of Job with me though.

A few years later Dan gave me a scholarship to play saxophone for him at BMCC. Although I still play the sax which I still love; I became a scientist. I credit Dan in part for helping me find myself and achieve this. The education Dan gave me was not just learning to read notes on a page and make my saxophone sing, but more inspirational and important. Dan taught me dedication, focuses, and determination which I have found to be vastly more important.

As I have matured and looked back the time Dan gave me I have realized that it was his gift of patience that has truly helped me. When Dan should have kicked me out of class for being a belligerent brat he focused on the lesson and had patience with me. When I didn’t practice like I should have he kindly chastised me, then helped me, and showed me patience. When I bought the wrong equipment, he shared what he had with me and showed me patience.

The patience Dan so strongly epitomized in his life is the greatest gift he has given me. I am reminded of Dan in the following verse: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” 1 Corinthians 13: 4-5,

Thank you Dan for teaching me such great life and eternal lessons: And thank you Karen, Adam and Jason for sharing you husband and dad with me. Know he is a great man and looking forward to being with you again.


A student

Dan Mitzimberg
   Posted Sun July 31, 2016
So sad to lose such a great and talented man. My life is richer knowing you. My heart goes out to your family. You are in a peaceful beautiful place.

Jeff Heinrich
   Posted Tue August 02, 2016
I was honored to work with Dan for a number of years at BMCC. His kindness, intelligence and patience were remarkable and have left a lasting impression on me. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones.

eleventh hour warrior
   Posted Thu August 11, 2016
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers.

Cheryl Dunham
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
My heart goes out to you. I've kept the Langes in my prayers and will continue to do so. Be strong and know that our prayers are with you.

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