John “Chief” Storan, 44, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009.

    John “Chief” Storan, 44, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, at home, following a battle with Huntington’s Disease.

    Mr. Storan was born March 1, 1964, in New London, Conn., son of Gerry Storan, now of Wyoming, and the late John F. Storan, who died of Huntington’s in August 1992.

    He lived in Long Island, N.Y., for 29 years before moving to Delaware two years ago with his mother and sister.

    Mr. Storan began playing the drums at age 7. He continued with his passion of music and eventually joined with three other talented musicians to form the band “Reckless Abandon.” He was its drummer for more than 15 years, playing in various clubs in the Tri-State area and doing studio work for other bands.

    In later years, he became a self-taught guitarist in his spare time. He loved music, nature, animals, the family pets, family and friends, and enjoyed nature walks, hiking, and hunting. He was a person who would part with the shirt off his back if necessary; in his mind, there were no strangers, just friends he had not yet met.

    In addition to his mother, Mr. Storan is survived by his sister, Donna Storan; his mother’s significant other, William Burris; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and an extended family of brother band members, models and a countless number of lifelong friends.

    His ashes will be scattered in the spring from the peak of Bear Mountain, N.Y., his favorite hiking spot.

    Memorial donations in Mr. Storan’s name may be made through the Huntington’s disease website,, or the SPCA.

    Letters of condolence may be sent via www.pippin or to his sister’s email, cherry