Friday, June 15, 2007

Come Celebrate Dante's Birthday!

Hello Friends and classmates of Dante!

We are having a birthday/celebrate life party for Dante on Saturday, June 30th
at our house. The party will start at 11 am and last all day. We live at 3722
East American Ave in Oak Creek (our address is below - go to to
get driving directions).

We will have food, drinks, fun, memories and love for all to share. If you
would like to bring a snack to pass please do so. We know Dante will be there
with us - so please be ready to share stories, memories or pictures of Dante.
Obviously no presents are required! The shipping costs to Heaven are out of
this world! :)

We will have music, videos of Dante and other fun stuff. Everyone who knew
Dante is invited, so if you are planning on coming, please let me know so we
can make sure there is plenty to eat and drink - just send an e-mail to
Dante's myspace.

We look forward to seeing you all here! If you have any questions, give me a
shout at 414-764-3760.

Thanks mucho!! Marty (Dante's Dad)

We live at 3722 East American Ave
Oak Creek, WI 53154
(414) 764-3760

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Dante Sawyer Memorial Scholarship

We have officially set up the Dante Sawyer Memorial Scholarship fund. 
This fund will allow us to give $500 each year to a student athlete from
West Allis Central who completes an essay about "Why heart is so
important in sports and life".

If you are interested in making a donation, please send a check to West
Allis Central (WAC) High School, 8516 W. Lincoln Ave, West Allis, WI
53227. Please make your check out to WAC/D. Sawyer Scholarship.

Dante was an amazing human being with a heart of pure gold. We hope that
you will help us carry on his legacy by making a donation.

Thank you - Marty Young (Dante's Dad)

Friday, April 6, 2007


Here is a website with lots of photos of Dante. Please feel free to take them for yourself.

Love you my Dante!! Dad


Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Dante's Tribute Video

Please check out Dante's tribute video:

Quality is not that great, but you can still enjoy.

Love you Dante - Dad


Monday, April 2, 2007

Dante's Eulogy, by Stephanie

I just want everyone to know Dante is going on his journey to heaven. He will be missed by all here. He has entered a world unknown to us. He has entered eternal life with God. His spirit is strong and his faith was never anything to worry about. I know Dante would want us to celebrate his new life and be happy he is at peace. He can watch over us and keep us in check. He is a strong spirit. God chose a good person. Do not be sad of his passing, this is a good day and we must celebrate.

Dante’, I will miss you and my love for you is forever. We all will miss your smile and your funny ways. I am glad you felt open enough to share your life with me in ways most kids your age do not share with their mothers. I will always cherish the moments we had together and all our special talks.

So I ask all of you, let your tears be tears of joy for my son and our brother, Dante. For his spirit has passed into heaven to be with God, the Great Spirit.


Thursday, March 29, 2007

Dante's Eulogy

Dante's Eulogy:

O Dante – where have you gone? We miss you so very much. I sat up for many late hours trying to think of what to say. How can you possibly put into words the love a father has for his son? How do you speak about someone who you know you won’t see again for a very long time? How do you?

For that very reason, I will see Dante again. We all will see Dante again some day. With Dante being the kind, think-of-others-first type of young man, I know he is up in Heaven saying, “Please don’t cry. There’s no need. I will be watching over all of you”. And that typifies Dante. Always worried about others. As Lance (Dante’s step dad) said, Dante had a mother hen type of attitude. He would get home from practice and peek in on Natasha, Desiree and AJ – just to make sure they were alright.

I liked to call Dante the “14 year old with no attitude,” although I know that Stephanie would disagree with me! Dante had a special relationship with both his Mother and me – often getting into deep conversations that showed the wisdom he possessed – wisdom that most 14 year olds won’t get until they are thirty.

I remember the trips that we took and Dante’s newfound love of the American West. One of Dante’s favorite memories was when we were at Badlands National Park and we saw a beautiful eagle flying against the huge rock wall that forms that Badlands. The eagle left an incredible shadow on that wall, almost looking like it was in a dance with itself. Whenever I watch that video now, my thoughts will immediately go to Dante.

I was looking forward to many more trips with Dante, showing him some of the things that I have been fortunate enough to see. But alas! Dante will still be there with us when we go, he will just be watching from a place that is far more beautiful then the mountains. And that is the message I want you to leave with today. Dante is not gone. He is all around us. As Dante’s step-mom Valerie said, “He is in the warm sunshine that hits your shoulder. His is the gentle breeze that blows through your hair.

Dante was an excellent big brother. He loved his siblings so very much. There is an excellent story about the time that AJ fell off his bike and Dante swore that someone beat his kid brother up. Dante wanted to form a “posse” to track down who did this to his brother. That was Dante. Sticking up for his siblings. When he found out that someone was picking on Calvin at the bus stop, Dante offered to go and talk to the boy to encourage him to leave Calvin alone. With his littlest brother, Curtis, Dante was always watching out for him, making sure he was alright.

Dante also loved sports. They gave him enjoyment and focus. Dante often told me that he wanted to stay in sports because it would force him to keep his grades up. Dante had plans – he wanted to go to college and become a police officer – vice squad in particular. He was so enthusiastic about playing for Central. He loved his school and his classmates. And he had another brother – even though they weren’t related by blood. Tyler was Dante’s best friend. I would pick Dante up from Tyler’s house so often that I thought Dante had moved in! My message to you Tyler is that you too will see Dante again some day. Don’t worry. He will still be here with you.

Always remember Dante. That’s all I ask. He was too loving, sweet and fun of a human being to be forgotten. For I know that my son has fused part of himself into me, and I am grateful to God for the wonderful 14 years that Dante was here with us. Dante, God called you home at an early age. There must be some very important purpose that God has for you Dante. And I trust that God knows what he is doing.

Parents, hug your children tonight and tell them that you love them. Kids, even though you think your parents are wacked, please tell them that you love them. For love is our purpose here on earth. I always end my discussions and phone calls with my kids with “I love you”. I recently told Dante that he didn’t have to say he loved me too when he was around his friends or classmates. I gave him that out. But you know what? Dante still said “I love you too Dad,” even at school around his team mates. Wow. What a great son.

Dante – I love you. You know that. And I look forward to the day when you and I will be reunited in heaven. I am expecting a full tour of the place from you and Grandpa. Please continue to look down on us Dante and send your love in any way you can. I will recognize it when it comes. I promise you Dante – I will recognize you.


Monday, March 26, 2007

From Lance, Stepfather


I can't stop thinking of you. We all miss you so very much. I'm up thinking of all the times I picked you up from your practices, and I can't believe you're gone. Everywhere I look I see your smiling blue-eyed face. I know you're in a better place now.

All your parents and brother and sisters miss you tremendously. Watch over us on your new journey. We all can't wait to see you again. When I look to the sky I think of you . When I hear the wind I think of you.

I love you Dante.

With love forever,
your stepfather,

Sunday, March 25, 2007

To Dante, From Natasha


I miss you so much. I know I never told you this enough, but I LOVE YOU.

You were a really sweet kid and just all-around a fun person to be around.

I love you with every ounce of my heart and soul,

Your sister tasha


To Dante, From Dad

Dante - I love you so much.

I look forward to the day when you and I will be reunited in heaven.
Stay strong, like you always were -although I think I am the one who needs your strength!



To Dante, From Mom

My little man, I will miss you tremendously!!! Everyone loves you so much. That will never fade.

You have a new path now and I want you to embrace it with comfort and make your journey a great one. You were chosen and your spirit is a great and powerful gift. Your strong personality will get you through anything.

I love you and we will meet again. I hope everyone can accept your new life in the spirit world for you have etenal life with God.

I love you, baby!!