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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened
3to learn of the death of David Martin Nolan of Danville, who
4passed away on June 1, 2021; and
5    WHEREAS, David Nolan was born to Joseph and Grace (Calvin)
6Nolan in Warren, Ohio on May 4, 1945; at age 12, he contracted
7polio; at age 16, he underwent a spinal fusion to help support
8his spine; he graduated from Southern Illinois University with
9a degree in City Planning; while in college, he was a research
10assistant to R. Buckminster Fuller; he married Barbara Jean
11Brenner in Danville on February 6, 1982; and
12    WHEREAS, David Nolan's jobs included city planning in
13Warren, Ohio and Decatur, being part of the Regional Planning
14Commission in Vermilion County, and working as a day-treatment
15counselor at Danville Manor Nursing Home, Promise House, and
16Crosspoint Human Services; after retirement, he worked part
17time at Crose Insurance in Danville and was the co-curator of
18the Alley Gallery located at 113 N. Vermilion Street in
19Danville, a place designed to offer exposure and experience in
20a gallery setting to local artists; and
21    WHEREAS, David Nolan was a self-taught professional fine
22arts photographer whose boundless curiosity led him to



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1experiment with photographic processes such as 1850s
2cyanotypes, standard and manipulated Polaroids, darkroom
3photography, hand coloring black-and-white prints, liquid
4emulsion, large format cameras, and digital prints; he
5sculpted whimsical figures to use in his photographs that were
6featured at the Springer Cultural Center in Champaign; his
7photographs have been exhibited and awarded at several
8galleries and venues in Danville, Champaign-Urbana, Mount
9Vernon, Warren, Ohio, and Denver, Colorado; many of his photos
10are housed at the Sousa Archives at the University of
11Illinois, and the rest of his works and negatives will be added
12to the collection later; and
13    WHEREAS, David Nolan's victory over polio taught him quiet
14patience, which was a hallmark of his demeanor; he was
15intelligent and always ready to learn new things; he enjoyed
16all styles of music and loved live concerts; he will
17especially be remembered for his expressive eyes and deep,
18powerful laughter; and
19    WHEREAS, David Nolan was preceded in death by his parents;
20his two brothers, Joseph Michael Nolan and Lloyd Eugene Nolan;
21his sister-in-law, Linda Iwanicki Nolan; his brother-in-law,
22Lonnie Azecusky; and his two nephews, Anthony Perkins
23(Brenner) and Ryan Merana; and



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1    WHEREAS, David Nolan is survived by his wife, Barbara; his
2brother, Arthur Francis Nolan; his sister, Sharon Nolan
3Azecusky; his brother-in-law, Richard (Joann) Joseph Brenner;
4his niece and nephews, Zachary Merana, Connor Nolan, Trevor
5Nolan, Marina Patrice Nolan Vare, Joseph Brenner, and Andrew
6Brenner; his several grandnieces and grandnephews; his two
7cats, Ernie and Jessie; and his big dog, Noah; therefore, be it
9ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
10David Martin Nolan and extend our sincere condolences to his
11family, friends, and all who knew and loved him; and be it
13    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
14presented to the family of David Nolan as an expression of our
15deepest sympathy.