Age 69, of PennYan, NY, born March 26, 1951, died peacefully after many visits from family, on February 24, 2021.
Dan is survived and will be sadly missed by his wife, Kathy Disbrow; his daughters Maxine (David) Seaman, Jamie Eaves, Jennifer (Kevin) Stape; his brothers Bill (Pam) Disbrow, Barry (Phyllis) Disbrow, and sister Sheila (Paul) Vikestead; grandchildren Ben and Luke Seaman, James and Jacob Eaves, Zoe and Avery Zeigler, Sean and Dylan Stape. Dan is predeceased by his parents, Van Disbrow and Marion (Kootch) Disbrow and his brother Ken Disbrow.
A 1969 graduate of Penn Yan Academy, Dan worked on his parents' grape farm on Italy Hill Road, Gleason Works, Keuka Lake State Park, the Morton Salt plant, Cornell Experiment Station in the grape program. Dan went on and, as an adult, got his Associates Degree at CCFL where he graduated Phi Theta Kappa with a degree in Horticulture. He used his skills to assist as a Master Gardener and to landscape the grounds at the 1822 manor he and Kathy remodeled on the top of Merritt Hill Road.They turned the place into the Heirlooms Bed and Breakfast. Dan and Kathy made delicious 5 course breakfasts that incorporated many family recipes including scones, a family favorite. Dan and Kathy also catered to their daughters' love of horses by having a small Morgan Horse farm at the B&B where their daughters rode and showed. Dan took his daughters to many shows through the Yates County 4H program and NYSMHS program where his voice could always be picked out from the stands when the girls were called forth for ribbons.
Dan also took up the hobby of go-Kart racing and could be found enjoying life at the Paradise Raceway. He also was fond of going with his family and grandkids on many camping adventures.
Dan could often be heard whistling a tune, tapping out a beat or busting out in song. It was often a fun joke amongst the grandkids to begin the lines of a song and pause, then Dan would finish the lyrics. Many don’t know but he had an amazing singing voice. Dan was an extremely funny man and his antics would make the family laugh, there is never a dull moment around the Disbrow family. We are so lucky that after his initial sinus tumor and first brain surgery that he was with us for 15 more years. While he experienced limitations due to the illness and surgery, he did not lose his amazing sense of humor and kind demeanor. He was able to meet all of his grandchildren and instill in them the laughter and love of life and people. For that we will be eternally grateful.
The family will plan a celebration of life at a later date when family and friends can gather safely. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Yates County Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H program at http://yates.cce.cornell.edu/donate and to the Cracker Box Palace at https://www.crackerboxpalace.org/.