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  • Below Zero Smoker
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    #46
    Here's to Dan The 'Back Yard Cremator' Johnston. I will remember you each time I do a cook. Stop by if you are ever in the neighborhood, I will have a chair and a beverage of your choice, as well as a smile on my face. No tears... oh forget that- they are streaming down my face as I type this out. Thank you for sharing your life with the Amazingribs FAMILY. SALUTE! Click image for larger version

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    • Atalanta
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      • Jul 2016
      • 428
      • Barnsley's Ford
      • Grills: 22" Weber (wood handles) (another Weber on the way), Lodge Sportsman "hibachi"
        Smoker: None yet, part of why I joined
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      #47
      Serves me right for logging in sporadically! Saddened to see, upon my arrival in the pit today, that our favorite Backyard Cremator is no longer in Fargo, ND. I loved reading his posts and seeing him show that the air was a bit chili where he was (that was F not C!). I'll miss seeing his posts and will raise one to his memory.

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      • Huskee
        Pit Boss/Manager
        • May 2014
        • 13889
        • central MI, USA
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          Real name: Aaron
          Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

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          • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

        #48
        If anyone has the time to visit the link Mr Bones shared to the funeral home website, there's a nice video montage of Dan & his family pics through the years...almost felt like I was part of his family watching it. You learn a lot about him & his friends & family. Give it a peek!

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        • jecucolo
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          What a great tribute. Salt of the earth.

        • Huskee
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          That was my favorite one too Spinaker!

        • Donw
          Donw commented
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          What a great and loving life he had. The video really gave me a sense of the real man behind the posts.
      • Obi-Dan
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        • Feb 2016
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        #49
        I’m just seeing this thread. I believe Dan was the first person to reply to my first post. He always was so positive and quick to answer a question. I will keep his family in my prayers. May he Rest In Peace.

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        • rototiller78
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          • Jan 2015
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          #50
          Wow, Billy Joel was right. "Only the Good Die Young". Gone too soon. He was always chipper and super nice to everyone. I, like the whole pit member crew of AR just lost a great "BBQer-In-Arms". My prayers are with Dan and his family.

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          • ribeyeguy
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            • S. E. Wisconsin
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            #51
            Originally posted by Huskee View Post
            If anyone has the time to visit the link Mr Bones shared to the funeral home website, there's a nice video montage of Dan & his family pics through the years...almost felt like I was part of his family watching it. You learn a lot about him & his friends & family. Give it a peek!
            Man, that was a touching tribute. One of the last few photos really got to me, where his three "chit bird mutts" we're staring up at him.

            Rest in peace Dan, we're really going to miss you around here.

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            • Livermoron
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              • Aug 2014
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              • 22" Weber one touch w/roti and SnS
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              #52
              God calls up a helluva Backyard Cremator. I'll miss him...

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              • RonB
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                • Apr 2016
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                • Near Richmond VA
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                #53
                I just reread this whole thread. It only took a few seconds to get a lump in my throat.

                Rest easy my friend - you earned it.

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                • Mr. Bones
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                  Yup...
                  Still chokin hard on this...
              • Reds Fan 5
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                #54
                Dan's was the first response to my first post here. "Backyard cremator" remains my favorite tag line in the Pit. RIP, Dan.

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                • FireMan
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                  Yup, on the favorite tag line,
              • badf00d
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                • Mar 2016
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                #55
                I didn't know he was sick and was waiting for him to chime in about the nasty cold snap we had about six weeks ago. Hoped to see word from Dan about how cold it was in Fargo, and then I read that he was sick. Now this.

                Dan's posts channeled a giddy and lighter view of things, which always made me smile. I'll miss him for sure.

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                • klflowers
                  Club Member
                  • Sep 2015
                  • 2262
                  • Tennessee

                  #56
                  So I finally got around to listening to the interview. I hate that I never had the opportunity to meet Dan - he sounds like he was a helluva guy.

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                  • Mr. Bones
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                    Indeed, he was, Brother...
                • PJBowmaster
                  Club Member
                  • Dec 2016
                  • 549
                  • Black Hills of SD

                  #57
                  This is sad news!! Dan loved "The Pit" and he was one of the reasons this place is SO different from other online communities and frankly so damn Special. And the outpouring of love and respect for Dan just validates that. We will all miss his quirky humor, his kindness, the emoji's, and of course that tag line..."From a Backyard Cremator in Fargo ND". May he Rest In Peace!! And may the Lord grant comfort to Eunice and their family. Cheers Friend!!
                  Last edited by PJBowmaster; March 30th, 2019, 10:31 PM.

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                  • Dale Case
                    Club Member
                    • Oct 2016
                    • 166
                    • California
                    • BGE
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                    #58
                    Rest In Peace Dan.. God Bless

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                    • Baker Dan
                      Charter Member
                      • Nov 2014
                      • 336
                      • North Eastern IL. McHenry County

                      #59
                      I just saw this post today. He will be missed

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                      • HouseHomey
                        Club Member
                        • May 2016
                        • 4283
                        • Huntington Beach, Ca. Surf City USA.
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                        #60
                        All morning I kept expecting to see some witty, funny or some off handed humorous sarcastic remark from Dan.

                        It would be a lie if I said I was not missing Dan this morning.

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                        • Mosca
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                          I think about him often.

                        • Troutman
                          Troutman commented
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                          I remember he always gave you a like, just because. Not sure why you posted this HH but it made my morning memory thoughts a pleasant one!! Thanks for the memory !!

                        • FishTalesNC
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                          Agree 100% ‼️

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