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Dan "the Man" Quillian has left us

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John Dill:
I met Dan in sometime around 1984-1985 at the Atlanta Buckerama. I thought he was one of the neatest fellas around. Especially since their wasnt much trad archery gear around then. I later ran into him in Elberton Georgia at the Southeastern Championship somewhere around 1999-2000. He was always involved with archery. He will be missed.

John

bama:
Nice article about Dan in latest edition of TBH.
I bought one of his "finish it yourself" longbows a hear or so ago and talked to him about it over the phone.  He laughed when I asked him if it was center shot and said it wasn't necessary.

Don Stokes:
Been thinking a lot about Dan lately, as I prepared my leftover inventory from the Superceder adventure for selling. I've had about 200 dozen stored away since the business closed.

I met Dan in 1988 after a house fire destroyed all of my archery equipment (along with everything else). I had been shooting a compound for about 10 years, which I never really liked, and had decided on a take-down recurve that I saw in one of Dan's ads. I found that Dan wasn't too far away, so I drove up to his house to look at his recurve. He was still working from his home then, and what a sight! He had a pile, literally, of longbows and recurves in the middle of the living room floor, from which he commenced to pull out a Longhunter for me to try. We went out beside his house, and I was hooked.

Dan found out I knew something about wood, and began to talk to me about the need for a new arrow wood, which would be stronger than the POC that dominated the market, that would be strong enough for modern laminated high-poundage bows. Again I was hooked, and a couple of years later marketed the Superceder shafts. Dan was my mentor as well as sales manager, even though I had been shooting for 30 years before I met him. He taught me more about archery in the first year than I'd been able to figure out for myself in all that time. My life was totally changed, for the better, from the first day I met him. All those stories are true, and then some. I could go on for days, like the time my brother, who has also passed, and I went to Athens for a visit, and he invited us to stay in his Airstream. We were about to move in when he remarked offhandedly that he hadn't yet found the copperhead that had escaped in the trailer, but not to worry- copperheads aren't that aggressive.

 I made several trips with Dan, and each one was a trip indeed! He refused to stay in a hotel, always traveling with his trailer. When we did the archery trade show in Indianapolis, I woke up one morning to see a snowdrift next to my bed, from the door that didn't close tightly. Nothing fazed him- he would wear the same clothes for days at shoots, never backed up from a confrontation, always had an opinion, and was nearly always right. I loved him deeply, and am greatly saddened at the world's loss. He lived and breathed archery, and knew it inside and out. He raised a fine family, too, and his wife Sue must have been a saint! She was always gracious and a lady, in spite of Dan's excesses.

I tried several times to get Dan to write an autobiography, and I still regret not trying harder. He lived life to a degree that most of us can only imagine. As a youngster he raised birds and animals, had pet owls that he would ride on his bicycle handlebars to the outskirts of town and use to call in crows, which he shot and put in the freezer to feed the owls! He knew more about snakes than any professional herpetologist, and once had the feds try to put a sting on him to catch an endangered indigo. He saw right through it. He was a king-hell mutant of the kind that only comes about once in a century, and I surely do miss him.

Don Stokes

Scott Campanaro:
Dan helped me select my 1st Longbow - and Quillian Bamboo Longhunter - and 21 years later I am still hunting with it (it is Punday). Dan took a lot of time to help me get the right bow and I will always have fond memories of the several conversations we had re: my bow and 2 dozen arrow he made for me... Dan got me started with Grizzly Broadheads too.

I will be thankful for all your help... Thanks Dan... until we meet in the Celestial Hunting Grounds - Your man in Westsylvania... Scott

bayoulongbowman:
Id love to read more stories about Dan. Does his family still make his bows? I wish I had Lefty Dan had made. Love to read more... marco#78

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