Daniel Anthony Blankowski of Talking Rock, GA, known professionally as DJ Dano, went to be with his Lord on December 15, 2022 at the age of 66. Dan was born in Pittsburgh, PA on June 28, 1956. He was predeceased by his parents, Richard Henry Blankowski and Loretta Victoria (Jarzombek) Blankowski. He is survived by his loving wife of 4 years (his partner for 10 years,) Dana Lee (Cochran McHenry) Blankowski of the home.
Dan is lovingly remembered by his step-children, Daniel (Jazeri) McHenry of Marietta, GA; Kristen (Tyler) Ledgerwood of Kingsville, MO and his pride and joy, his granddaughter, Magnolia (The Magster) Ledgerwood; his brother and sister-in-law, David (Janan) Blankowski of Winston-Salem, NC; his brother- in-law and sister-in-law Stephen (Kelle) Cochran of Greenwood, MO; along with cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends throughout the country. Dan is also survived by two sons, Matthew (Noelle) Berrie Blankowski and Alexander Blankowski, all of Marietta, GA.
Dan graduated from Bishop Canevin Catholic High School in 1974 and received his B.A. in Communications and Journalism from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He was an award-winning on- air radio and TV personality in Pittsburgh, Orlando, and Atlanta. Dan spent over 30 years as a full-time mobile DJ, Master of Ceremonies and “Celebrationist” specializing in weddings and corporate events.
Dan was nationally recognized as one of America’s best wedding entertainers, including a DJ of the Year award from ARMDJS. He was a former President of the Georgia Mobile DJ Association and a recipient of an “Atlanta A.I.R. Award” for radio production and voiceover excellence, as well as on-air charity work. He was the former Executive Producer of the Steve & Vikki Morning Show on WSTR-FM (Star 94) in Atlanta and performed voice-over work for radio and TV commercials. He was a veteran traffic reporter and producer for WSB Radio & TV, Star 94 Radio, and CBS 46 TV.
DJ Dano was a fanatical golfer and bowler, active leader at Transfiguration Catholic Church in Marietta, a trivia expert, a fantasy football freak and a serial organizer. Services will be held Thursday, February 16, 2023 at Transfiguration Catholic Church in Marietta with Mass (2:00pm) followed by a Celebration of Life (approximately 3:00pm.) The Celebration will be held in the Fellowship Hall. Care and Trust was placed with In Their Honor of Jasper Funerals and Cremation. 706-253-5060