We were saddened to hear of Dan Naddor’s untimely passing this week. He had been battling cancer and was producing top-quality crosswords despite being quite ill. Most of Dan’s puzzles were published in the Los Angeles Times—several each month—so this loss to the crossword community is felt most keenly by L.A. Times puzzle fans.
If you’re curious to know more about Dan’s prolific puzzle career, don’t miss C.C.’s interview from last spring.
Rest in peace, Dan.
Update: Dan’s wife Tracie sent along details about his memorial service in California. Dan asked that those attending wear “no mourning attire—flip-flops preferred. And be sure to laugh.” In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Hoag Cancer Center. Dan also leaves behind three children: Courtney Lauren (24), Mike Naddor (21), and Alex Naddor (11). Our condolences to the family.
Very sad news. To me, he was the LA Times Crossword. Dan and I both guest-blogged here for the first time on August 3.
Gone too soon.
very sad. i’ll miss dan and his puzzles. the LAT puzzle won’t feel the same without him.
My condolences to his family. His work will be missed, I’m sure it was enjoyed by many, many people across the country.
What a terrible way to start the new year. Condolences to his family and loved ones. A great puzzle maker who brought joy and entertainment to millions.