Dan Czarnecki

A Better World Running – Summer Sizzle Race 2019

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By: Kim Knott                       

My long-time friend Dan Czarnecki was a kindhearted man with a big smile. He was always quick to laugh and was such a pleasure to be around. 

Dan grew up in Greenfield, Massachusetts and graduated from Oklahoma State University. After moving to San Diego, he specialized in architectural design and drafting for decades. He was devoted to his wife and best friend Jan for 35 years. Together, they were two of the most active people I have ever known, spending time snow skiing, sailing, rollerblading, playing softball and volleyball. Dan was also an avid home brewer, baseball and football fan.

Dan kept a positive attitude and fought pancreatic cancer until he passed away on July 22, 2019. We lost him at the much too young age of 69 and he will be deeply missed.


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Jennifer Mola