I am sure my grandmother is very pleased with the dignity and care given for her final goodbye. The celebration was uplifting and flawless and my family and I will be forever grateful.
March 4, 1964 — July 2, 2018
"Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?"---Clarence, Angel, Second Class.."It's a Wonderful Life". With deepest sadness...Dana Hester, beloved husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend, passed away on Monday, July 2, 2018 at his home in Pennsylvania. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Edlin Hester; his mother, Gaynell Phillips Hester; brothers, Anthony Hester and his wife, Liane, Timothy Hester Miannan and his wife, Carrie, Michael Hester and his wife, Michelle; one sister, Mitzi Hester Burkhead, widow of Robert; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Melvin Lee Hester. Dana graduated from Bullitt East High School in 1982, and majored in broadcasting at Western Kentucky University. He went on to have a successful career in television production in Nashville. Dana was also a member of First Baptist Church of Mt. Washington. Dana's love of music began early in his life. He took great pleasure in getting together with his brothers and his best friend ever, Ray Hatter, to sit and play and sing surrounded by an ever-widening circle of family and friends. From Pegasus to Inside Track to Exit 4 and beyond, Dana always challenged himself to be the best he could, whether it was playing bassor guitar, mandolin or ukulele, keyboard or percussion. His natural talent for sound reinforcement and engineering led him to his most recent employment at Clair Audio, first in Nashville, TN, and finally in Lititz, PA. He took pride in his work, and was recognized for his dedication to quality and attention to detail. His greatest compliment came from a FOH sound engineer who, when Dana removed the rear cover from a rack case, said "Man, Dana, that's a work of art!" Last week, Dana told me that the happiest times of his life were spent living together in our home in Franklin, TN, and more so on our farm in Castilian Springs, TN, where we would sit and drink our coffee on the back porch, letting our dogs roam the ten acres, gathering eggs from our hens, collecting honey from our bees, eating fresh fruits and vegetables from our garden. I know many of you share in the emptiness in feel, and in my broken heart. He was the one true love of my life, and I was his. DAZZLING BLUE. Truth or lie, the silence is revealing an empty sky, a hidden mound of stone, but the CAT scan's eyes sees what the heart's concealing Nowadays, when everything is known, maybe love's an accident, or destiny is true, but you and I were born beneath a star of dazzling blue....Dazzling blue...Miles apart, though the miles can't measure distance, worlds apart on a rainy afternoon, but the road gets dirty and it offers no resistance. So turn your amp up and play your lonesome tune. Maybe love's an accident, or destiny is true, but you and I were born beneath a star of dazzling blue, dazzling blue, dazzling blue, roses red, fine white linen to make a marriage bed, and we'll build a wall that nothing can break through and dream our dreams of dazzling blue. Sweet July, and we drove the Montauk Highway and walked along the cliffs above the sea, and we wondered why, and imagined it was someday and that is how the future came to be Dazzling blue, roses red, fine white linen to make a marriage bed, and we'll build a wall that nothing can break through and dream our dreams of dazzling blue......Paul Simon. Please share your thoughts of love for him here. With deepest sadness and appreciation, Jenny.
A celebration of Dana's life will be held on Sunday, July 29, 2018 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Millanova Winery, 744 Gentry Lane, Mt. Washington, KY.