Daniel Winslow Wise

Daniel Winslow Wise

April 21, 1949 - September 03, 2007

Daniel Winslow Wise

April 21, 1949 - September 03, 2007


Daniel Wise, 58.  Born April 21, 1949.  Passed away September 3, 2007.  Wife, Patricia.  Vigil Service Wed., 9/12/07, 7:00pm at O’Connor Mortuary, 25301 Alicia Pkwy., Laguna Hills.  Funeral Mass Thur., 9/13/2007, 10:00am at Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano.  Burial at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, Orange, CA.  O’Connor Mortuary, Directors.  949 581-4300.

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15 responses to Daniel Winslow Wise

  1. C.J. Otto says:

    It’s so hard to put into words how I feel about Dan. He was truly one of a kind! He would do anything for me and did, on several occasions. Once when Ted was out of town, I had an attack of hives and he came to my rescue, a funny situation I’ll never forget! No more details! He made us many ceramic gifts that are displayed throughout our house. He even made me a wooden cutting board for my kitchen that I use most every day. He was our airport taxi when we were going to Wisconsin on weekends for the snowmobile races. He always made me laugh with his little occasional off color sayings and he always “loved my top!” I will miss those little quirks we had together-he was my friend and I truly loved him like a brother. He was always like family with all our kids and they loved his humor, too. There are so many more memories too numerous to mention. His physical person is gone, free of pain and suffering and he is at peace, but I really miss him in our lives. My prayers and love are with Patty as she continues to be blessed with so many special memories of their short 25 years together. God Bless You.

  2. Nancy Rees says:

    Dan, may you rest in peace, although he was one not to rest.Dan gave it his all. He is a man of strength and character. You put up a amazing fight. You helped so many people. Your laughter and courage will live forever. love, nancy

  3. Jamie Shaver says:

    Dan was a special guy, always warm and loving and funny! I think of him every day because I have a beautiful oak bench that he built on our front porch. He was a real craftsman. He was a wonderful person. I feel lucky to have known him. With Love.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning once said “How do I love thee, let me count the ways”. I cannot count the ways in which I love Dan. There are no words to express how significant he has been in my life, my heart and my soul for the last 26 years that we have spent together. He is my very best friend, my husband, my lover, my companion in life, my family’my every thing. When I was down, or had a bad day, he was the one person I always knew would tell me he loved me, tell me he believed in me, and tell me that everything was going to be okay. He had such faith in me; he helped me believe in myself, and what I could accomplish if I tried. He supported and encouraged me in every activity I was involved in’work, APICS, church, and choir. He was a romantic at heart, thoughtful, and caring. Big things mattered to him, but so did the little things; details were important.

    He was so smart, so generous in spirit, so gifted in many ways. He had an innate curiosity about things and how they worked; he was very knowledgeable about a wide range of topics and subject matter. He was a skilled musician early in life, playing the trombone for school bands as first chair in his section. Engineering was an excellent choice for Dan at college’since anyone who knew Dan for any length of time understood his ability to design and fabricate wood, metal, or anything mechanical from a simple sketch or drawing. He was athletic, lettering in sports and breaking school records from his early years at school, playing college football at University of Texas, playing competitive racket ball and golf, until he could no longer play golf. Anything he was going to take the time to do he wanted to be the very best. He never “failed” at any endeavor, task, or challenge he took on over the years’he was very competitive and his intelligence, skills, and natural abilities, along with his desire to succeed, would carry him through until he did achieve success.

    He was involved in racing from a very early age, and this carried forward into his adult life, as he was involved in various types of racing professionally, and also as a hobby. Beating Kurt Busch at Las Vegas Speedway in his Legends car was an important memory to Dan, since he was at an age when no one would expect “an old guy” to beat an up and coming race car driver.

    Dan is the most courageous person I know’he never backed down in the face of adversity. He possessed a strong sense of fairness, and what was right and wrong.

    His indomitable spirit and will to survive carried him long past when his body was ready to give in. It is not surprising that he passed away in his sleep, for if he had been awake and conscious he would have fought to stay alive and keep going.

    He loved giving gifts to other people, but he had trouble accepting and enjoying gifts when we first met. Over the years that eventually changed, and I loved seeing the joy and happiness he showed when he received a gift he really wanted or treasured. Holidays were not very important to him when we first met either’but over the years the holidays and the traditions attached to each were very important to him. He loved cooking the holiday meals, especially Thanksgiving. He made everything from scratch, and it was delicious. The first Christmas we were together we went to the “Original Christmas Store” and bought our first ornaments. They are beautiful, hand-blown glass ornaments. Every year when we put up the Christmas tree, the first ornament we put on the tree was always the same’a heart shaped glass ornament with a red rose. This ornament was always placed somewhere in the front of the tree where it could be clearly seen and enjoyed. Dan made Christmas ornaments over the years’glass and ceramic. We put the Christmas ceramics out for display, including a beautiful nativity set that he was very proud of, with good reason, because it is lovely.

    Many people have mentioned the things that Dan made for them that they have in and around their house. Besides ceramics, I have furniture that Dan made when he was building custom furnitu

  5. I had known Dan and Patricia only for a few years, and that is my loss as I wish I had known him when he was ‘in active service’. Dan had been in poor health since the first day I met him. We had many a chat, yet he never complained about himself or his condition and his only concern was for Patricia, really preoccupied about all she had to do because of his poor health and what she would do after he had passed away. What an example of selflessness! Thank you Dan for the wonderful person you were, for the godly gift you have been to all who knew you.
    I think the quotation from 2Tim4:6-8 is appropriate: “For I am already being poured out like a libation, and the time for my departure is at hand. I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance.”
    Thank you Dan. Look after Patricia! Farewell for now until we all meet together in God’s good time.

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