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Dag Johansen
  • 53 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 3, 1961
  • Date of passing: Dec 6, 2014
i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart), jeg elsker deg, daddy.

For our darling Dag, we love you to the end of time.

Please join us in the celebration of his life on Friday, December 12th at 4:00pm: Palm Mortuary, 1600 S. Jones Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89146.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Glory Wade on 3rd August 2016

"Dag was such a kind, caring person. I still miss him. His name pops up on LinkedIn sometimes and I always remember him. My thoughts are with his family."

This tribute was added by Charles Chiodo on 3rd August 2016

"Dag was my friend who cared about my health, my personal and medical problems.  Then he was my contact at Vanguard who constantly followed up with me to make sure I was getting the support I needed from Vanguard. I met Dag several times at the Vanguard Conferences and he always had a smile, he is missed."

This tribute was added by Barbara Reeves on 6th December 2015

"my heart is with the family today on the anniversary of Dags passing.I can't imagine how hard this year has been for them for their loss.I know at work we still miss him and his smiling face my best to his familyg on thus day and always. You guys are in our heart"

This tribute was added by Nitin Gandhi on 4th March 2015

""I just learned of Dag's passing and it is deeply saddening. I worked with Dag for a year or so, but have nothing but fond memories of him. I was lucky to meet him at Vanguard Security conference in June of 2014. I was one of his client and he took care of all our needs while at the conference. He was compassionate, kind, helpful and grateful. His loss diminishes us all. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family."

This tribute was added by Greg Stecher on 16th February 2015

"I just learned of Dag's passing and it is deeply saddening. I worked with Dag for a number of years and have nothing but fond memories of him. Always upbeat, even in difficult times. Always with a kind word, even when his thoughts were elsewhere and always a smart contributor to solving challenges, even those not of his own making. He was compassionate, kind, helpful and grateful. His loss diminishes us all. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family."

This tribute was added by Greg Saccomanno on 9th February 2015

"Wow, I just heard today and it comes as quite a shock.  Like many of you I knew Dag over the phone.  I'm really not even a customer and I think Dag knew my shop would probably never buy those wonderful Vanguard tools, we're just too small but I always felt he kept calling just to keep in touch being the truly people loving person he was.  We always kept looking for an excuse to get together, a conference, training, anything and often I thought I should just head on over on vacation or something but it never happened. I always thought that there would be plenty of time, boy how wrong can I be.  I now hope to be wrong again and meet him yet, someday further down the road.
I'm not sure there's value in repeating all the wonderful things that have already been said about Dag except for one worth repeating.  We spoke of a good many things over the years (well, he listened anyway) but it always got back to his family each and every time he spoke up and it was clear just how much he really really loved and cared for them.  
Dag was truly one of those amazing few people put on this earth to enrich us all.  I know my life has been better just knowing him and so it is with great sorrow I say goodbye. My prayers go with him and the family he loved so much.

Rest in peace,

This tribute was added by Virginia Buzo on 30th December 2014

"Although I did not have the pleasure of meeting Dag in person, every phone conversation with him was always professional.  He was a caring individual who was willing to help in any way he could.  I could always count on him for direction.  Dag, you will be missed by many."

This tribute was added by Charles Chiodo on 24th December 2014

"My association with Dag started back in 1997 and from the first time I spoke to Dag, it was clear that he was a very professional and caring person.  Through the years, we became friends and Dag helped me through many tough times, both professionally and personally.  He will be missed."

This tribute was added by Fausto Buitron on 22nd December 2014

"Although I never had the priviledge to have met Dag in person, I did have the honor of meeting and speaking with Dag on the phone. The first time I heard Dag's voice,  I was in aw! what an incredible voice! Dag was an incredible sales representative (for VNSNY) and our reliable point of contact. What I found more interesting though was that he was a Total Gentleman, of the likes which are hard to find these days. I will forever be grateful to Dag for his friendship and professional assistance. Dag was like a breath of fresh air, so full of life, Dag will truly be missed.
My sincere and deepest sympathy and condolences to his wife and family, I hope that you will find comfort in knowing that you have friends who care very much, you are in my thoughts and prayers."

This tribute was added by Jeffrey Benson on 22nd December 2014

"Dag was more than a saleperson or respresentative, he was my friend.
Over the pass 10 years. we shared many good times together. He will be sorely missed, by anyone who knew him and I more than most."

This tribute was added by bobby sagami on 19th December 2014

"This loss is felt across the Pacific ocean in the 50th state.   I can still hear his deep, warm voice that puts us at ease, so engaging, we talked not only vanguard but real life stories.  He was so proud of his children and mine as well.  He says he came to the islands before and her daughter also came.   My son is in Vegas so we were going to get together my next visit.   Meeting him at the Vanguard conference was such a joy, always positive...condolences and much aloha from the hawaiian islands"

This tribute was added by brian marshall on 15th December 2014

"Dag:  You will be missed.  It was always a pleasure to see you.  Your face always had a smile on it, you never missed an opportunity to compliment someone and your happy good natured attitude brightened the room.   I will miss you, my friend."

This tribute was added by Carlos Lescano on 12th December 2014

"I met Dag 7 years ago and it was always a pleasure seeing smile while drinking his cup of coffee.  His dedication for his wife and family was always in his mind. He was always concern as to how the world has changed from when he was a kid. He will certainly be missed among all of us.  My prayers go out to him and his family."

This tribute was added by Wendy Meadows on 12th December 2014

"Dag was such a kind, compassionate, and caring man.  He provided a smile each and everyday which brought sunshine to everyone's life.  He will be greatly missed --my heart and love goes out to his family."

This tribute was added by Paul Viebrock on 12th December 2014

"Dag is one guy where the "one in a million" label truly applies. Sadly such a good soul is stolen from us mortals, however there is a bigger plan. Prayers for the family as they grieve this loss. May God's Grace be upon you all."

This tribute was added by Kristi Lutzenberger on 12th December 2014

"My dearest friend Dag and partner in crime,

You brought so many happy moments in all of our lives and left us with a treasure trove of memories. I have so many happy memories with my amigo. We worked together for several year at Vanguard and outside of work I recall the time we went camping with the kids in Grand Canyon North Rim and exploring the ghost town of Delamar NV with the Lost Hikers and many more adventures and memories.

I'm so deeply sadden with the news of his passing. We will never be able to forget him. We are all praying for his family and loved ones in this difficult time. I know that no words can help ease the pain and loss that you are feeling right now. You are in our every prayer and thought.May his soul rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Joan Robson on 11th December 2014

"I also was fortunate to have worked with Dag over the years.  I can agree with so many tributes mentioned here. I would look forward to Dag's calls as a way to catch up not only on work but also what was happening in our lives.  We are all very fortunate to have had Dag touch our lives in such positive and memorable ways.  I hope we all will take those good and positive memories foward in our daily lives as a tribute to Dag.  Dag will truly be missed.  So very sorry for your loss and thank you for sharing the pictures."

This tribute was added by Art Mihelic on 11th December 2014

"I can only attest to all of the other tributes to Dag.  Everything everyone has said I also experienced with Dag.  One experience we had in common that not many others might have had was our love of Norway.  We talked meaningfully about our experiences there and what a truly beautiful country of heritage he had.  I'm certain he is now in a place he will enjoy for eternity.

My sadness if for all of us, especially his family, who will to go on without him in our lives."

This tribute was added by Derrick Ruiz on 11th December 2014

"Hi Dag, I know your spirit is overwhelmed by the tributes all of us are sharing.  Well it just goes to show what a fine man you are and continue to be in our memories.  You always made an effort to make a personal connection with your clients (North American Company & Midland National Life).  You kept in contact, remembered names and events in your clients lives.  Your were a excellent example of what a business advisor/consultant should be.  You enjoyed the photos I sent you from my travels around the world.  The next time I hike down to Havasu Falls, I'll scratch your name on a rock that says "Dag was here"."

This tribute was added by Reese Meadows on 10th December 2014

"Dag was a kind and caring person.  It was a pleasure to work with him over the past few years.  He always had a kind word and he cared about how you where doing. He will be missed but I know we will have an opportunity to meet again. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family in their time of sorrow and grief."

This tribute was added by Bill Mitchell on 10th December 2014

"I first meet Dag as our Vanguard salesperson but after only talking to him a few times we became friends.  Both Dag and I were blessed with extraordinary families and we loved to talk about our beautiful wives and children.  Through the years we spent many hours talking about how cool it was too married to our Beautiful Brides and how cool it was to be a Dad.  Dag really loved his family and was so proud of them!  There were times that I would be having a bad day and Dag would call and by the time I was done talking and laughing with Dag I always felt much better.  In March my Beautiful Bride Lori was diagnosed with cancer.  When Dag found out about My Beautiful Bride he called to offer his support and prayers.  He called multiple times to check on us and sent an email with his personal cell phone number and email address telling me if I ever needed him, no matter what day or what time to call him. I think this story sums up what a great guy Dag was!  There is no way to express to Dag’s Beautiful Bride and Wonderful Children the sadness that I feel on the passing of this wonderful man.  I can say without one single doubt that he was a great man and he had an extraordinary love for you!  It was my honor and privilege to get to know him as my friend.  You are in my prayers.  Bill"

This tribute was added by Bob Garofalo on 9th December 2014

"Dag, there are very few people you meet in your business career that you can truly say left an impression. You were one! Not only were you a positive and productive Sales Role Model here at Vanguard, but even more so as a man and friend. Any one that knew you would always put your family a head of any praise or career accomplishments in your life. That is Dag. When your own tasks were building up, you were always there to provide guidance and direction to the Vanguard newbies. You would say “It’s all good”. No Dag, you were good-very good and I will never forget you as a colleague and as a friend. I always called you “The Voice of Vanguard” in admiration of the tone and your presence. You downplayed the praise and had a quick response - “Maybe for Radio”. Your beautiful family and the Vanguard family have been left with a tremendous void. I am truly sorry that you left us all too soon. I am grateful that I had a chance to know you over the last 3 years and considered you a good friend that will be missed."

This tribute was added by Jody Mack on 9th December 2014

"Gone is a man that was gentle, loving and kind. His spirit has moved on and will always be missed! I am sending light and love to all of those who are suffering this sad and heartfelt  loss; most of all family and close friends. What an amazing soul! Love you Dag!"

This tribute was added by Jim Cuddy on 9th December 2014

"Dag was our Vanguard contact for about 10 years and during that time we became good friends. He was a lot of fun....We agreed on just about everything. He was great when my wife and  I went to Vagas on personal trip. I feel so bad that I did not get a chance to meet up with him since I missed the last two conferences . I do feel lucky that I was able to talk to him about a mounth ago.I offer my condolences to his wife and family. Dag and his family will always be in my prayers"

This tribute was added by Kevin Hume on 9th December 2014

"Dag was our Vanguard rep for the past 11 years.  Dag was my friend for the past 11 years.  The best part of going to the security expo every year was the opportunity to see Dag in person.  Our phone calls were always 10% business and 90% personal.  We shared family stories and photos and well as pet stories and photos.  Dag and I talked about going to dinner with our wives every year before the conference, but the time demands of being a Vanguard employee during the conference never allowed it.  Now I am doubly sad that I did not get the honor of meeting his family.  Dag was always very gracious to my wife as well when she accompanied me to the conference.  What a man of honor, integrity, graciousness, and love.  You will be missed more than you ever imagined.  May God continue to bless your family and your co-workers, and may thier memories of you always brings smiles and laughter."

This tribute was added by Wayne Davis on 9th December 2014

"To all Dag's friends and relatives, I considered Dag a close friend  first, and our account rep second.  I will miss him.   He had a great sense of humor and appreciated my goofy Christmas Cards  and mailbox calendars.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.   Wayne"

This tribute was added by Judy Connors on 9th December 2014

"Dag was one of the nicest men I've ever known.  He always gave a warm welcome and hello.  His integrity shown in his face.  My husband has the highest regard for him at work.  It is hard to believe he has left us and he will be very much missed.  Our hearts go out to his family who he loved so much."

This tribute was added by Deborah Duffy on 9th December 2014

"Dag was one of the finest men I’ve ever met.  I am in a state of disbelief that he has passed.  There is an ache in my heart.  I still expect to see him sitting at his desk, hear his deep voice and laugh, see his warm smile.  Every day we would catch up, see how the other was feeling and then compare notes to see what movies we may have watched the night before, sometimes lamenting the lack of good films lately.  He was such a movie maven.  But a devoted and proud family man, first.  Loved spending time at home with the family, just sitting back and watching TV.  He was proud to say that one of his kids gave him a Netflix subscription for his last birthday.  He never had a bad word to say about anyone and was always shocked and even seemed offended at the violence in the world, just couldn’t understand it.  He was always available to listen, if you needed to vent or share.  How I miss him!  My prayers to Dag and to his family.  May you find peace knowing he’s with God now."

This tribute was added by Butch Todd on 9th December 2014

"Dag has been and still is a great friend. Most of our business calls lasted 10 or so minutes then the rest of the call centered on families and other more important things than work. From our past conversations, I know he is a loving husband and father. Over the years we shared much laughter. I could tell by our conversations that Dag's family was always first.  I know Dag has attained peace and comfort and will be a guiding influence in his family's life until they meet again."

This tribute was added by milton rosberg on 8th December 2014

"We will all miss such a great quality person.  Quality in so many aspects: love of family, devoted husband, a trusted friend, loyal to his personal values and the constant care of Vanguard customers.  After working with Dag in a variety of roles over many years, his talent and professionalism became even more apparent.  
It has been a pleasure to speak with his customers and friends over the past days, as they all have one theme.. “What a great standup guy and asset - we will really miss him “   The unexpected loss of a Dag took us by surprise, we were blessed by his sense of humor, great laugh and caring attitude for everyone he met.  As consummate professional, in all aspects of his behavior – he raised the bar among his peers and everyone that knew him.
Already he is missed, more as time goes on – people just liked Dag, because of his genuine nature and desires to put others first.  He always considered his fellow man as a better that he could learn from, a great listener, communicator and coworker.  Never in all my travels to his customers and other meetings, was there a negative comment or bad word uttered about Dag, a real testament to the quality and steady nature of his personality.  You just wanted to be his friend.
We worked closely on many significant projects, it was an honor to have his friendship, and it is now frozen in time as I will miss this trusted friend forever."

This tribute was added by Jeff McNaughton on 8th December 2014

"I have known Dag for 10 years and in that time it was a pleasure to call him a friend. We share many sales tactics over that time and also some good wins. I will miss his calming influence. I am sorry for your loss."

This tribute was added by Glory Wade on 8th December 2014

"Dag was my friend. I will miss him. We both started at Vanguard around the same time. He was a kind, generous man who loved his family and cared about being a good father. We didn't get to go to lunch together too often but when we did, it was Strings Restaurant until it closed. I know he is in a better place and free of pain. We love you, Dag."

This tribute was added by Dan Konst on 8th December 2014

"A true friend and Great friend. William Penn wrote, "A true friend advises, assists readily, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeable." One of a kind Dag, you will be sadly missed. Best wishes to the family."

This tribute was added by Tony Williamson on 8th December 2014

"Wow  I am completely stunned.  Dag was a thoughtful , caring and genuine person that you ever want to meet in life.  Though most of our communication had to do with Vanguard,  Dag would always ask about how I was doing along with Chicago Sports (smiles).  He will be truly missed and my heart and prayers go out to his family and coworkers.  Rest in peace sweet Prince."

This tribute was added by Beverly Sims on 8th December 2014

"Having the honor of working with Dag via Vanguard, I deeply regret the loss of your loved one and our friend.  Dag as everyone has stated and knows was a people person and a friend to all.  It has been a pleasure to know and work with him.  My heart felt condolences to the family during this difficult time.  May you find peace through memories of Dag and all that he stood for and did.  My prayers are with you all."

This tribute was added by Shannon Priester on 8th December 2014

"I had the pleasure of working with Dag for 6 years at Vanguard. Dag was very helpful and always took time to answer my questions.  He was always friendly and so sincere when he asked how you were or what your plans were for the weekend. I will remember his great laugh and warm smile. He will truly be missed.

Prayers to his wife, children and family. You are forever in my thoughts."

This tribute was added by Barbara Bancod on 8th December 2014

"I am privileged and honored to have known Dag.  He always had something good to say about anybody. He was friendly and kind and didn’t have any mean bone in his body.  I looked up to him.  I respected him.  The short 7 years that I was blessed to have been able to work with him, I had seen his dedication to his job; his work ethic in impeccable.  And the times that we got to talk about our own personal lives, his eyes would light up every time he would talk about his wife and children.  He was very proud of his family.  

Gone too soon.  I did not just lose a co-worker but a dear friend.  Dag, will you will be sorely missed.  We will never forget you.  My heart goes out to your wife and children."

This tribute was added by Joey Cronin on 8th December 2014

"To Dag, Family, and Friends.

I had the privilege to call Dag more than an account rep but a true trusted, caring, companionate, and loving friend. I could talk to Dag about anything and everything. We talked often and sometimes it was truly about the account and work (LOL). I’ll miss our conversations and laughter. Dag was a rare genuine personality and there aren’t many like him. Forever in our hearts, memory and mind. I already miss you.

Your Friend.
Joey Cronin"

This tribute was added by Roxane Rosberg on 8th December 2014

"On behalf of Steven Ringelberg COO Vanguard:

Dag Johansen, loving husband of Shehnaz, loving father of four beautiful children – Dana, Sonja, Sean and Dexter, and the devoted protector of cats and dogs, died today, December 6, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He was 53.  

Originally from California, Dag worked in technology and sales all of his professional life.   He had a great laugh, a big heart, a quick mind, and was a very dear friend to many, both within Vanguard and outside.   A dedicated representative of Vanguard for eleven years, he was passionate about what he did, believed in the company, its mission, and its people, and he was a very important part of us.     While he has been out sick in recent weeks, I have spoken with many of the customers Dag worked with throughout the United States, all of whom expressed deep sympathy and concern and care for their friend and business partner.

Dag thoroughly embraced his life in Summerlin, Nevada, and would tell anyone who listened that it was the best neighborhood in the Las Vegas Valley, if not the United States.  He enthusiastically came into work every day, enjoyed engaging with customers, but what he loved the most was going home at the end of the day to spend time with his family.   He was a very good friend, a trusted friend, I will miss him very much, and I know those of you who know him will miss him very much as well.

“Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road.”  Dag Hammarskjold, Swedish Diplomat, 2nd Secretary General of the UN (and youngest), Nobel Peace Prize Recipient, died on peace mission as Secretary General at age 55."

This tribute was added by John Robinson on 8th December 2014

"I wanted to share with everyone how Dag forever touched my life in the short time knowing him. I arrived at Vanguard as a new employee in March of 2014. Dag went out of his way to always help, guide, and teach me all he could so I could learn and complete my job tasks. I always remember Dag stopping his daily work to help a co-worker even if it meant he had to stay late to complete his own work. I had the pleasure of sitting next to Dag for many months and we discussed work, life, family, and various other things. One thing that stands out is how Dag loved his job and the work he did, but nothing meant more to him than his family, and how through all struggles he persevered. I remember how important it was to him that all of his children completed College and how proud he and his wife are of the successes of their 4 children. It is hard to lose such a new friend in a short time, and for others that Dag has touched for years I am sure it is even more painful. I do know that God has taken an angel of a man that will be remembered and missed forever. The pain the departed leaves behind is severe, we have to remember that Dag has reunited with God for eternity without this life of struggle and pain. Go with God Dag Johansen, I will miss you and remember you always, and God be with the Johansen family, and ALL who mourn and will miss Dag."

This tribute was added by nancy baird on 8th December 2014

"Dag was the nicest, hardest working most stand up man who I spent eleven years working with.  We camped at the Grand Canyon in a thunder and lightening storm with the rest of "The Lost Hikers" group and I remember how much Dag loved nature; Lake Tahoe, California, good wine and food.  He loved and worked so so hard for his family and I will miss his intelligent conversations, angelic personality and his chuckles.  God Bless the friends and family of Dag who have suffered a great loss.
The next time that the thunder crackles over the Grand Canyon I'll know that Dag is there with the angels watching over us.  Love and Blessings
of healing.     Nancy Baird"

This tribute was added by Barbara Reeves on 8th December 2014

"I have had the honor of working with Dag the past 11 years. I have seen the love he has for his family and life. It has been my honor to say he is my friend and he will truly be missed. I am so sorry for your loss."

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