Daniel A. Hayner

Daniel A. Hayner, 73, passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 12, 2021. He was born in Albany, NY on November 2, 1947. He was an Army veteran, serving in Vietnam. Dan was a master builder of high performance race engines over the years, he built engines for drivers who raced at Malta, Fonda and Lebanon Valley. He was well known throughout the dirt track circuit.

Dan is survived by his close friends Tim Groski (Hope) and Arthur Bufe (Ellen); and his racing family who will miss him dearly.

Funeral services with military honors will be held 2:30pm Tuesday, September 21 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Guest Book

Steve Rutkowski

I met Dan shortly after he got back from Viet Nam. He came to a machine shop I worked at every week and shortly after that I got involved with him working on Skip Fountain's Modified. Twenty years later we travelled the Northeast together again, this time with my Sprint car. Every trip was an adventure filled with laughs and excitement He always loved going to the fanciest restaurants after we raced where we would be the only T-shirt and jeans racers in the place...
He will be missed.

Frank Merges

Rest In “Peace” my Vietnam brother. Thankfully we both survived and lived a full life after that awful war. As you remember there were times when we didn’t know if we were going to make it. I hope you were able to connect with your daughter in some way after she moved to Florida with her mom.

Mary Drake

Dan lived across the hall from me, and was a wonderful person. I was out of town, and got the news whenI got home, I was very sad to hear that Dan had passed. He will truly be missed by his neighbors on the third floor. It was a pleasure to know you Dan.. R.I.P

Bonnie Bagan

I was a neighbor of Dan's here at Doubledays. He was such a great guy and aways had a wise remark to make whenever we saw him. He was very well liked here. I talked to him a lot in the hall, since he lived just a couple of doors down from my apartment. I still can't wrap my head around the fact that he is gone. Every time I walk past his door, my heart aches.
I will really miss seeing him around up here, as will many others. He was always friendly and always had a wave for everybody. I am so sorry for your loss of such a great friend. May he Rest In Peace! You'll always be missed, Dan!

Andy Spiers

I have a lot of great memories working with Dan building engines for the 302 race team. Rest In Peace my friend.

Dawn Neal (spouse of Miles Neal)

I see he still had that notable smirk, so sorry to hear of his passing. Back in the early 80's, he built an engine for my husband, Miles, during our Late Model years of racing. He did love his steak and beer. Always had a story or joke to tell, a decent person. Tried to reach out and find him a few years back, but was unable to locate him.

Donna Richter

Dan was a connoisseur of beer and fine food.
I have alot of good memories of Dan working with him for years.
I will miss him and Buttons too.

Arley Uline

God Bless you, may you rest in peace.

Chris Dempsey

Dan was a wonderful person and a good friend. He was a beer connoisseur to the core! He'll be sorely missed.