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Dana Scott Machado

06/23/1981 - 09/23/2018
Service Date: 09/29/2018
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: Bunker's University Chapel, 3529 E. University Drive, Mesa, Arizona

Dana Scott “Mucho” Machado died tragically on the morning of Sunday, September 23, 2018.

Dana was born June 23, 1981 in Boulder, Colorado. Dana grew up in Colorado and moved to the desert southwest more than a decade ago for his bride-to-be, a native Arizonan. Though Dana adjusted quickly to the hot Arizona summers, and loved to swim, he always missed the mountains and seasons of Colorado. Dana was a lifelong learner and prided himself on being an informed citizen. He was always bettering himself, simultaneously working and going to school, striving for more and determined to make the best life possible for his wife and sons. Dana was a truly kind and generous man. He had a warm heart, was always welcoming, supportive and willing to lend a helping hand to others. Dana was passionate in his beliefs but accepting of differences in others. He loved music, Mexican food, reading, his dogs (boxers), Star Wars, and movies in general, beer, gaming, cars, all things tech, and the great outdoors.

Dana’s absence in our lives will leave an indelible scar, a pain and loss we will all carry for the rest of our lives. We are grateful for Dana’s life, for the joy his existence brought to the world, and we will honor him now by ensuring his children know the kind of man they called dad.

Dana is survived by his wife Jessica, sons Christian and River, his mother Sherry Roberts, father David Machado, sister Danielle Kekoa, grandparents Terri and James Roberts, and numerous extended relations and friends that consider Dana family.

Rest in peace, brother.


  • Dana, We are so sorry. We are sorry that your life was stolen from you and from us. We will miss you terribly. We promise River will know you, the man that you were, and the love you had for him.

  • Sending love and comfort in these days. Keep sharing His stories as this keeps his spirit alive.

  • I love you, Son.

  • I worked with Dana at two agencies over the past three years. When I first met him, he was so open and welcoming; he instantly made me feel like part of the team. He had the best laugh and smile, and an uncanny ability to make the best of any situation. He spoke so fondly of his family, and he really loved his kids. I will miss his presence around the office.

  • Words cannot express my sorrow. Rest well, Dana, you will be greatly missed.

  • I just wanted to share some of my first and favorits memories of working with Dana. When I started working with Dana I kept thinking he was a girl. I would say “who is Dana” and he sat on the other side of this high cubical and he would be like it’s me. And I did this a too many times and we would laugh and make fun of his name. Then over the course of years I got to work with him closely and we were in school at the same time and understood the struggle of working full time and going to school, he was a good support and encouraging. Always smiling and joking. We were always laughing. My heart is breaking for his family. I am so sorry. To Jess and your boys, you are in my heart and in my prayers.

  • Tiffany Bloom (Huelskamp)

    I worked with Dana for a couple of years, and we became part of a tight-knit group of friends in the office that would often go out for drinks on the weekend. He was always making everyone laugh, and he was my go-to guy for personal and professional advice. He was a genuine, kind and caring human being. Sending love to Dana’s family.

  • I met Dana when he was only 7 months old. He was the cutest little guy! He always had a winning smile and a contagious laugh. He was so very loved by my family and he will be forever missed. But one day we shall meet again on the golden streets of Heaven. Until then may the peace and comfort of God be extended to all who knew him and loved him too.

  • Prayers for your family and friends Dana, you will be dearly missed. I will always remember the love and concern you expressed for your sister, nieces, and nephews. The love of family was felt through our conversations.

  • The last time I saw Dana was a couple of days before he passed. He and River brought me and my boys some of the cookies they had made together the evening before. It was such an example of the kind of person he was. Always kind, and a dedicated father. I am sorry for the time that has been lost, but I know River was so lucky to have him as a dad for the time he did. We will be praying for all of you.

  • He was a good man. RIP, I’m very sorry for your loss.

  • I loved Dana like he was my brother, my best friend, and called him “Dad” because he always took such good care of me, gave me advice when I needed it, even when I didn’t want to hear what I knew was the right thing to do for myself. He cared so much about me and was always so giving, honest, authentic, and caring. He was one of a kind for sure. I will always remember his laugh and I can hear it now when I think of him, and I can see his big smile. I love that he always introduced me to new music, that he always knew what I liked and that he always knew what to do when we needed him. I am so glad I got to be a part of his life, that I got so close to a man that I trusted and listened to, and loved more than any other man I have yet to meet in my life. Im so happy to have been not just a friend but a part of his family, and that he was a part of mine. My whole family loved Dana and is heartbroken, just as I. I will do my best to support Jess, Christian and River and to be there for them as he would want me to be, in his honor. Love you so much and you are greatly missed, Dana.

  • I met Dana in 2nd grade. We became fast friends (and got into our fair share of trouble/mischief) His sense of humor and genuine care for the people around him was truly special. We drifted apart when we got a little older but when I saw him the last time he was here in denver it was like little time had passed.
    My thoughts and love go out to your family my friend. You will be missed and I cherish the time we had together.

  • Jessica, on behalf of Mesa Fire and the Grief Support Team please accept our sincerest condolences at the most sudden and tragic loss of your husband. Hugs to you and River and Christian.

  • Michelle Bishop

    I am heartbroken to have heard this absolutely tragic accident that took the life of one of the most wonderful men I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Dana touched my life with a contagious smile, and a heart just as big.
    Jess-I am beside myself with sorrow for you and your families and friends. I can’t even express how sorry I am for your loss. I love you mama. I am here for you. Anytime day or night. ❤️
    Rest In Peace brother. I pray I get to see you on the other side one day. I know heaven gained a beautiful soul. I wish it hadn’t been yours. We never know the answers to these painful life events. I wish we did.
    All of my love,

  • ChaCha- I will never forget how you cared for me while we waited on scene for the PD to finish and for Dana to be moved. You gave me a chair to sit on under that tree, water, made calls when I was unable to speak, held me when I couldn’t move and followed me home to ensure I was safe. Your job is so important, so meaningful and so appreciated. Thank you, thank you

  • Jessica, My heart breaks for you and your children. I loved seeing the happy photo of the 4 of you. I remember when it was taken, and am so honored to have been there on that happy occasion.

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