Dana Lynn Hester

March 4, 1964July 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. 


Elmer and I would like for you to know that we are thinking of your family in this most difficult time. Sending prayers for comfort. Elmer and Peggy Newkirk
Jenny, The Class of BEHS '82 is brokenhearted. Like you, I'm sure, we can't believe our beloved Dana is gone. Know that each of us is carrying you and the family in our thoughts & prayers. Marsha (Gaddie) Elliott
Although I hadn’t seen Dana in many years, I remember him as a kind and gentle soul. I wish his family peace at this time. Ed Richards
A sweet soul and an incredible musician. You will be missed. You are loved. Love and prayers to your family. I'll miss you. I'm grateful I had the opportunity to share so many stages, so much music over the years with you. Rest in peace Ron Ramsey, Jr.
Many Condolences for your loss. The Lynch family sends our love and prayers - Marty & Lori Lynch
Gaynell I didn't personally know Dana but wanted you to know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I have heard so many wonderful things about him over the past week. How kind he was. What a wonderful person he was. How he was always willing to help someone. I am very sorry for this incredible loss. I hope your memories and the love of family and friends can help to ease a bit of your pain and that as you travel down this path, God's love will guide and fortify you. Paulita
My heart breaks hearing that Dana has passed. I knew Dana from Bullitt East, the drama club in particular....one of the nicest people I have known. I am so grateful to have been able to reconnect with him through facebook and then to enjoy meeting up at Abbey Road on the River a few times, in which I had the pleasure of meeting his wife. I truly feel a grief knowing he is no longer here but will remember and treasure the fond memories I have of him forever! Tammie (Broyles) Beasley
Dana was one of the good ones. I got to spend a bit of time travelling and playing music with him. He was a genuinely kind and caring person.. So sorry to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers are with Jenny and Dana's family.
Jenny and family I'm so sorry for your loss. Dana was a wonderful man and touched many lives. We the class of 82 are devastated we can't believe he is gone. As Michelle Grant said the world is a lesser place with him gone...We all loved Dana. My prayers are with you all, if I can do anything for you and his family please let me know
I worked with Dana at Clair Global in Lititz, PA. Dana was the consummate professional and a truly interesting and nice person. I considered him to be a friend and was saddened, disturbed and upset to learn of his death. May Dana rest in peace and may peace be with his family and friends around the world. (Dan Etter, Lititz, PA)
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Dana is one incredible person. Great memories in high school include him. He will be deeply missed.
Dana was one of the first people who helped me grow as a young musician in the open jams in Bowling Green such a great talent and very better guy. I am sorry for the loss and the pain, I know he will be missed. Josh Williams Phoenix AZ.
My deepest condolences to the family. Remember you are not alone. "God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress." Psalm 46:1
Gaynell, this is late I know but prayers for you and your family so sorry for your loss but wanted you to know I am thinking of you and so sad to learn of your son's passing May God place his hands on you for comfort. Peggy stump
Our deepest sympathies to Jenny, Gaynell and all other members of the family. I always enjoyed talking with Dana at family reunions. His musical talents were obvious and his gentle perspectives were always welcome. Just finished watching a video of the reunion in 1986. Dana, and his brothers shared their musical talents, and were the entertainment throughout the day. I'm still impressed by all they could do and how willing he was to share his musical talent with the Hester family. God's blessings to all. Ron & Sue Hester
Jenny, what a pleasure to know Dana and you. Us at Clair share in your sorrow and although our pain is nothing like yours, we have an empty spot in our world. Dana made all of us better people. On a personal note, during lunch Dana and I would talk gardening, bees, farming and music. He taught me so much about the honey. He would talk about the queen bee, the hive. I remember once when you all lost most of the hives and the honey was scarce.
I am so sorry to hear of Dana's passing. I only found out about it today when I read the WKU SPIRIT magazine. Dana and I worked together at what was then Storer Cable in Bowling Green. I quickly considered him a friend and was amazed at his production talents. He made a tape of all of the old Purina milk commercials with Ernest P. Worrell and gave it to me knowing that I liked them. I was actually watching them just the other day. I heard Exit 4 many times and loved their music while knowing Dana and Charles Emberton. Once again, I would like too express my deepest sympathy and am so sorry to just be learning of his passing. I loved what you wrote about him. Phil Kirby.