Following numerous visits with beloved family and friends, Daniel Erichs Laytham left this world
on 28 September 2021. True to his signature sense of humor, Dan was often heard saying, “It
looks like I will be leaving this earth at just the right time!” With the natural ability to laugh at the
world and his surroundings, Dan’s wit and subtle remarks left a smile on the faces of many.
Born in Pottstown, PA to William Brown Laytham and Doris A Laytham (Mimm), Dan was the
second oldest of five children, preceded in life by his brother John Laytham and survived by his
brother Edward Laytham and sisters Sarah Tapsell and Deborah Laytham. Much of his
childhood was spent at Carteret Prep School in New Jersey. Dan developed a strong work ethic
as he was employed from a young age. He later made his way to Georgetown and began his
career at Britches. During this time he met and married Julie Herrmann and moved to the
suburbs to start a family and raise three daughters, Kelly DeGyor, Erin Laytham Lentz, Carrie
Wilder. Dan was the heart and soul of Britches through the 1980s. He started the wholesale
division, was responsible for product design, the building of 28 stores, operating of 3 stores and
he was loved by all his colleagues. With a full schedule and international travel, Dan still
managed to regularly attend swim meets, softball games and family gatherings. Next, Dan
launched his own company, Foreign Service. Based in Ireland, he was able to focus on his love
for Irish imports, especially clothing and furniture.
Ultimately Dan found himself at Long and Foster real estate in Great Falls. His hard work &
charisma led him to regularly be a top 10 producer. Long & Foster is where he met and later,
remarried his business partner Jan Kendall (step daughter Kristin Kendall). They became
known as the Jan and Dan team and delighted in their personal relationships with clients. Dan &
Jan joined forces with their dear friend Dianne Volkenburg to become the real estate
powerhouse of “Great Falls Great Homes.”
In 2016, after 30 years as top producers, Dan and Jan retired to the Lowcountry of South
Carolina to be near family. Precious to Dan were the countless visits with loved ones, especially
his 10 grandchildren (Kylie, Mallory, Cameron, Grayson, Davis, Julia, Elliott, JP, Addeline,
Adored by all who knew him, Dan was a lover of history, design, dogs and The Three Stooges.
He was a believer in hard work with an unbelievable memory & a keen eye. Dan’s true joy came
from entertaining family and friends. Opening his doors for good food and conversation were his
way of showing love. Always welcoming, always casual, and very often a “wise guy”, Dan was
set in his ways and a cynic of all things technology. Dan‘s perfect day included walking the dog,
watering his flowers and a visit with family or friends to share coffee and sweets. Dan had a
huge, generous and giving heart. He was a loving father, husband and Grampy. He will be
missed by all.
A private memorial service will be held in South Carolina for family and close friends.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the American Lung Association or your local Humane