Cactus Dan made CD TOOLS plugins.
I’m one of his best friends and I just got the news. He was rather private about his health problems. You know-- He liked to keep up his Wild West cowboy image. But now that he’s gone I’ll be more frank.
He had been in the hospital a few years ago, if you remember, with pancreas problems. They cut off a bunch of it and I always was asking him, “So what does this mean? Are you a diabetic now or something?” He never really said much. Well, a few months ago he went to the hospital with some intestinal problems. I guess that was a foreshadowing because what I just heard was that the rest of his pancreas died and took his intestines with it. And since he seems to have not liked people seeing him in a weakened state like that, he never even called me. I’m not shocked but kinda sad about that. I’m moving to the same little town out in the redrock and I had stopped by his house Saturday to borrow a screw gun, but his truck was gone. Figured he was out driving around the desert taking pictures again.
Ok, to business and then I’m going to post a few sentimental pictures.
Tuesday I’m going out to his place and I’m going to talk to his sister. One subject will be his computers and business. While he and I talked 3D a lot, and I even influenced and inspired a lot of his plugins, I certainly am no programmer. I dont know if his sister would be interested in letting someone else try to take over his projects, or if it is even really possible. You know how hard it can be to figure out someone else’s pipeline. And he’s got it spread on 2 or 3 computers (A couple macs and a PC). I’ll let you know if there’s any news about that. Anyone that has an order in to him as of now may as well just cancel the order.
I’ll tell you what. I’m really sad about this because I have yet to move in to my place out by him and I had hoped that we’d be able to hang out a bit. He moved out there because I wanted to and one day I showed him the town and he loved it so much he beat me to the punch. He was very very happy. I think he’s been out there a couple years now. Lately he’d been driving around touring the amazing sights to be seen in the Utah desert. I know he wishes he’d moved there long long ago and he really had finally found his home. A crappy little house and a little pasture for his horses with an absolutely amazing view.
This is a picture from 15 years ago when we were one one of our weekly horse rides. This is back when he was first developing his plugins and we talked a LOT of shop on those rides. His horse Sagan is still around and it looks like I’ll be taking him over in his retirement.
The following pics are from when I invited Dan to hike the San Rafael Swell with him and my pack goats in the middle of February a year and a half ago.
Here he is leading the way. He’d lived out there for months but at that point hadn’t really learned all the awesome spots, so I took him along on the trip to show him what I’d found. Of course lately he’d been doing a lot of exploring and I’d been hoping we could visit some of the places he’d been to recently. Alas.
Its like he didn’t know better than to show up with food around my pack goats.
Sasha LOVED Cactus Dan. I lost her a couple months ago too.
Here’s a picture he sent me from one of his exploration drives in July. Its the last picture taken of him I think.
Anyhow. I’m not really in to the C4D scene and so perhaps someone could Xpost this to places where people might want to know.
Hey, you know what? I have to say thanks to all of his past customers. You guys doing business with him allowed him to live the self-sufficient, independent life he loved. He never got rich, for sure, but he kept high spirits and had a real sense of accomplishment because of the success of CD Tools. I can sure admire a guy that can teach himself programming, calculus, matrix math, php, and all of the ins-and-outs of C4D in order to make a go of it. I saw it all come together and I know it took dedication. Its gotta be satisfying to pay a bill with money earned the hard way. So on his behalf, thanks again to the community.