KALISPELL, Mont. - It was a bittersweet afternoon for those who knew Dan Fredenberg. Friends and relatives celebrated his life where he loved to go - Foys Lake Road. Dan liked to drag race classic cars, that's why friends took it to the streets for Dan's "last quarter mile," revving their engines up and down the road.
Dan's cousin Tami organized a balloon release at the service, an inside joke between the pair.
"Dan and I were kind of standing in the back of the people," explained Tami of their grandmother's funeral, "and I heard a little giggle and I turned around and he had a big smile on his face. He made a joke about what the balloons looked like. His sense of humor... he was always a jokester."
Family and friends were also sporting orange wristbands which they said represent "Justice for Dan."
"We're all going to wear them," said Dan's aunt Mary Olson. "We're going to get with some lobbyists and try to get something going so this law is repealed. It's a license to kill."
"It's just to remind people how important he was to us," said Tami, "and if they can wear an orange bracelet in his memory. These laws need to change so it doesn't happen to another family. He didn't deserve this."
Family members said he is gone, but Dan Fredenberg is certainly not forgotten.
"A loving father, friend, cousin, husband, brother. I mean, he wasn't just a name and we want people to know about it," concluded Tami.