My son, Daniel Marc Ballon, 51, died on April 27 in Delray Beach, Florida. He lived his life the way he wanted to and “it is what it is” would be what he would tell you about his departure from this earth.
Daniel was known by Dan to his friends, and by “Uncle Dan” or “Papa D” to his youngest friends. He grew up in Sunrise, Florida, and spent most of his adult life in the South Florida area. Early on, he developed a passion for the hospitality industry, which led him to pursue a degree from the Florida Culinary Institute, which he absolutely loved. He hosted great dinner parties. After working in the restaurant industry for many years, Dan shifted into the insurance business and became part owner of A & S Financial Services. No one really understands what they do. But he was really good at it and he loved his job and the people he worked with. His desk was always a mess.
Dan loved a good meal, a bacon meme, cooking for others, going to the gun range, and sitting on the porch of his mountaintop cabin in Georgia. He was a big sports fan, and he especially enjoyed playing Fantasy Football and watching games with friends. For some reason no one quite understood, he really loved the Duke Blue Devils and was a University of Miami Hurricanes fan long after he was obligated to be one. He also loved watching his tropical fish and taking care of his revolving cast of dogs and fosters. His pups were the joys of his life.
He is preceded in death by his father, Rabbi Jeffrey Ballon z”l, who he looked up to more than anyone else in the world - and by his beloved dogs, Tiffani and Hitch. He is survived by me and his sister, Sara Ballon, He is also survived by his uncles, Yesh Ballon (Debbie) and Joel Abramowitz (Joni); and aunts, Martha Steinharter (Alan) and Randee Abramowitz (Ira z”l). A crew of cousins also loved him very much. He leaves behind (in good care) his beloved dogs: Duff, Jaxon, Bubba, and Tater. He also leaves behind an insane amount of friends who loved him so immensely and sincerely appreciated how amazing of a person he was. They are devastated by the loss of one of the kindest, most generous humans they ever met.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Bullies-n-Beyond Rescue of Florida, Greene Family Camp, or the animal rescue organization of your choice. Think of him when you eat a steak cooked just right, win big or lose big on a game, or puff on a good cigar. His memory will be a blessing to all who knew and loved him.