Obituary: Daniel Louis Van Luvender, 63



Daniel Louis Van Luvender, age 63 of Chapmansboro, Tennessee, passed away Monday, December 7, 2020 at home with his loving family.


Dan was born in Pompton Plains, New Jersey to the late Richard and Freda Van Luvender, Sr. and grew up in Pompton Lakes, NJ. He graduated with honors from Chubb Institute, Parsippany, NJ and was employed by Automatic Data Processing for over twenty-one years. Prior to his career in technical support, he worked for Piedmont Airlines where he met his wife, Jennifer.


Dan loved all animals. Growing up, his family had many pets, including a raccoon. Throughout his adult life, he had birds, rabbits, dogs and horses. He was a board member of Greyhound Friends of NJ and very active in retired racing greyhound adoption. Dan and Jen provided a loving home for twelve greyhounds over a span of twenty years.


He loved spending time with his quarter horses Moon and then Breeze and training Sea Spray, their Chincoteague pony. After moving to Tennessee, he fulfilled his dream of having acreage to keep the horses at home. Dan volunteered at Walden’s Puddle Wildlife Center and continued his passion for racing greyhound adoption by becoming an active volunteer with Music City Greyhound Adoption.


Dan was very creative and talented. He made beautiful dog collars, birdhouses and clocks and some of his many interests included learning to play the violin, riding motorcycles, old Volkswagens, woodworking and computer games.

His family will always remember and cherish his kindness, loving spirit, creativity and sense of humor.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ted Van Luvender.


He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Nash; brother, Richard (Lorraine) Van Luvender, Jr.; sisters, Sherry (Michael) Canger, Patricia (William) Templeton, and Kathie Kim (David) Sullivan, and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.


Memorial contributions may be made in Dan’s memory to Kidney Cancer Research Alliance (kccure.org) or to Music City Greyhound Adoption (musiccitygreyhoundadoption.org).


A celebration of Dan’s life will be held at a later date.