of Westchester, IL
In His Family's Words
Dan was a skiing enthusiast and became an advanced skier over the years, skiing over Christmas and New Year’s holidays in Wisconsin and Michigan during middle and high school and then enjoying the black diamond runs in Colorado the last four years at Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Vail, Copper Mountain and Steamboat.
Dan’s co-workers and managers at Pottery Barn in Oak Brook exchanged stories and memories Saturday with Dan’s mom, dad and sister during a day-long tribute to Dan with a luncheon for all employees. Many of them said Dan was like a brother or a son to them, always pitching in to do anything they needed and going the extra mile. They said it was a joy to work with Dan, and they looked forward to when he returned to work a weekend shift or during school break. The store, district and regional managers acknowledged Dan’s many contributions to improving stock room and inventory operations.
When the shooting started, Dan and the girl he was sitting with dropped to the floor between the rows of seats for cover. Although still in intensive care in critical condition, she told her parents that Dan held her hand and began praying for them before he was shot.
His father said Dan has a keen perception for comprehending how to go about doing things and handling situations in very practical ways, for which Dan would say with a smile, “That’s just common sense.” Dan’s parents were extremely proud of his initiative to apply himself through hard work and dedication to be the best at everything he did and to do it with honesty and integrity.
Besides being social chairman for Pi Kappa Alpha, Dan ran for office on the NIU InterFraternity Council board during elections last semester.
Dan is survived by his parents, a sister, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and nephews. He was born Oct. 15, 1987.