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Popular Park Commissioner dies in accident
‘Selfless, generous and humble man’

September 15, 2011

FONTANA – Dan Green, a popular Park Commissioner who helped organize the Pig in the Park event, was killed while working construction in Elmhurst, Ill., Monday morning.

Green, 38, was a tireless volunteer who helped organize the village's Pig in the Park event for the past four years. He also was an honory member of village's volunteer fire department.

Green was working construction in Elmhurst at the corner of York and Lake streets when a semi-trailer ran over the curb and struck him. Green was standing about three feet from the end of the curb at the time of the accident. The driver of the semi-trailer, a 32-year-old Chicago man, whose name hasn't been released, was cited for an improper turn.

Village Administrator Kelly Hayden, who worked with Green on the Pig in the Park event, said "there will be a permanent void in our community and lives without him."

"He was larger than life and put the needs and feelings of others far before his," Hayden said. "He was a selfless, generous and humble man that provided us all with the gift of his friendship and perseverance."

Green also made an impression on others at Village Hall.

"Danny was a selfless individual, always putting the needs of his friends and family before his own," Public Works Director Craig Workman wrote. "He had a passion for life, and an unceasing desire to make life more enjoyable for others. Danny attacked each and every day with a 'cup half full' attitude, and although I will miss him dearly, I am comforted by the knowledge that he lived his life to the fullest."

Village Clerk Dennis Martin sent an e-mail Tuesday morning informing village officials of Green's death.

"Dan was instrumental in initiating and planning the Park Commission's annual Pig in the Park fundraising event held on Saturday of Labor Day weekend, and had been a member of the Park Commission since September 2007," Martin said. "He was one of the hardest working volunteers the village had and always had a smile on his face when he stopped in to visit or to attend a meeting."

Green's death was also announced about half way through the village's Monday night board meeting. After learning of the news, Village President Arvid "Pete" Petersen asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting.

Prior to this year's Pig in the Park event, Hayden said Green was the silent hero in organizing the event.

"Without him it wouldn't be possible," she said.