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R. Dane Markham

R. Dane Markham

Friday, March 22nd, 1957 - Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020
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ASHEVILLE – R. Dane Markham, 63, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday morning, June 23, 2020 at Mission Hospital.

Dane was born March 22, 1957 in Petersburg, Virginia, the son of Sheila (Gibson) and the late Dr. Robin Markham, MD. Dane was a graduate of Roosevelt High School in Hyde Park and later received his Associate’s Degree from Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie for Architecture and Commerical Art.

Dane first worked for Material Management at Fluor Engineers, Inc in Houston, Texas. He later held positions in the construction and boat building industries. Dane also started and operated several businesses in general construction, landscaping design, in-ground pool construction, custom waterfalls, Koi ponds, and stonework. At the time of his death, Dane was the sole proprietor of Highlander Handcrafted ( in Asheville, a fine and custom woodworking business which he began several years ago, and which supplied over 40 Asheville stores and businesses with an extensive variety of exotic and high quality wooden products. He enjoyed writing and playing music, swimming and surfing, and the mountains around Asheville; spending time with his family, films, horticulture, and ceramics.

In addition to his mother, Sheila; Dane is survived his daughter, Danielle Joy Gallagher of Kingston, NY; his sisters, Suzanne Markham of Penfield, NY; Zoe Eden (Markham) of Potsdam, NY; his brothers, Benjamin Markham of Brick, NJ; Jared Markham of Waddington, NY; and Adam Markham of Marion, NY.

Services will be held privately with burial in the Markham Family Cemetery on Porter Lynch Road in Norwood, New York.
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    450 Porter-Lynch Road
    NORWOOD, NY 13668
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Posted at 03:55pm
We met Dane several years ago when he built our beautiful stone patio And have been friends ever since. He just finished a custom butcher block cart for me days before his passing and I’ll always think fondly of him every time I use it. He was so proud of his record breaking giant pipe that I thought I’d share the picture here. Our deepest sympathies and condolences to his family.

Paul Sala

Posted at 08:03am
I'm sad to hear of Dane's passing. Very nice guy I knew from FDR high school. I think he dated my sister Karen for a short time. I recall hanging out with Ben and Dane at their really cool house at the top of a hill which was located in the back of the devlopment across far from north end of Vanderbuilt's estate. Sending prayers to his family

Ben Markham Posted at 10:23pm

Paul, Thank you for your kind words. Yes, Dane and Karen dated for awhile and there was always a great connection between our families. Your prayers a deeply appreciated. Ben

Jeffrey Walsh

Posted at 06:38pm
Such great memories of Dane during my brief 2 year friendship with Ben, he had a great spirit and love of life,
and to Ben,Mrs.Markham,and the entire family,my deepest, most sincere condolences 🙏

Ben Markham Posted at 10:27pm

Jeff, Dane was always very active and full of life. His sudden passing was a shock to all of us. We pray he is at peace . Thank you for your condolences. Ben

cindy granata

Posted at 11:27am
i’m so sad to hear of dane’s passing. i haven’t seen him for years but certainly never forgot him. i will always remember dane’s warmth, his smile and his talent. my sincere condolences to his family.

Duane Oetjen

Posted at 08:53am
You and Dane were a very important part of my childhood. Lots of fort making, minibike riding, and listening to
the Beatles. So many of my favorite memories growing up. I am very sorry for your loss and my condolences
to you and your family.
Duane Oetjen

Ben Markham Posted at 10:34pm

Duane, Like you, most of my early childhood memories are with Dane, you and me. In addition to what you mentioned - playing down by the river and or somewhere in the woods. Thank you for our condolences and please continue to cherish those memories as I do. Ben

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