Daniel Jamen Bryant

Bryant, Daniel Jamen
33, of Phoenix, Arizona, transitioned on Saturday, November 3rd. He was born on February 28, 1979 to Weldon and Cindy (Lee) Bryant. Right away we knew he was special when he made his entry on the shared birthday of his mom and Grandma Jean. Daniel grew up in Arizona, attended school at Centennial High School in Peoria, AZ as well as Glendale and Mesa Community Colleges. He was well-traveled, often exploring by himself, the cities and villages in destinations such as India, Austria and Croatia. Describing Daniel has brought smiles to the faces of his family and friends. His mom said, "Daniel is original, fascinating, creative, and sometimes frustrating." Anyone who has known him would nod in agreement. They would soon add, "He's beautiful and handsome, has an amazing smile and a great laugh. He's a loving family member, an irreplaceable friend and a calm and gentle soul." Daniel possessed a love of cars and a deep and diverse appreciation for music. Walking past his room when he was growing up, you'd be as apt to hear any song from his A to Z musical genre. That never changed. Daniel's many talents included amazing technological abilities and a keen photographic eye. Even before he held a camera in his hands, we knew that Daniel saw the world through different eyes-creative, gentle, tender and inspired. As a small inquisitive boy, he'd ask questions that allowed us a glimpse of the world according to Daniel. When he discovered photography, he was able to share more of the world he saw through his pictures. One of Daniel's photographs was selected for a three-page spread in National Geographic, which fulfilled a life-long dream of his. He also won first place in "Your Best Shot" photo contest in Popular Photography Magazine. His photographs were selected for the cover of "People Magazine for iPad," another for the cover of "Erosion Control" magazine and one published in a 2013 weather calendar to name only a few. Uniquely Daniel, we never saw anyone move more slowly or deliberately. His cousin said, "He is the only person I've ever known who could walk in slow motion all the time and get where he needed to be on time." His lingering hugs have been described as memorable, heartfelt and long. In describing their relationship with Daniel, his friends and family often use the word "favorite or best." I was his favorite cousin, his favorite aunt, his best friend. Daniel had the ability to be present with someone in way that caused them to feel they were the most special person in his world. His mom, his dad, his sister, Andrea, have no competition in that department. The rest of us simply smile knowingly. We have all felt his warm, open heart when we've been blessed to be in his presence. We feel a tremendous hole in our lives since Daniel has left us. Besides a host of friends, Daniel is survived by his partner, Zachariah Ortiz; his parents, Weldon (Llewellyn) and Cindy (Lee) Bryant, his sister Andrea Bryant (Wendell) and niece Devyn; great grandmother Ruby Mooney, grandmothers Margie Wallace and Bonnie Lee; grandfather Tommey Morris Sr (Vena); many uncles, aunties, cousins. Daniel was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bob and Jean Lee Brown, Carlton Lee, Raymond and Bobbie Jean Morris, Maxi Charles Bryant and Aunt Gloria McClain. To celebrate his life, the Bryant family suggests that any memorial contributions be sent to support the work of the Human Rights Campaign, in promoting equality. Gifts can be made in his name at www.hrc.org or mailed to 1640 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036. Upon making a memorial donation, the Bryant family will be notified of your contribution. Celebration of Daniel's Life, Saturday, November 10, 2012, 1:00pm @ Unity of Chandler Home of Divine Love. Reception to continue sharing our Love and Memories, Time: 3:30 PM (please don't arrive early), Club West Golf Club, 16400 South 14th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85048

Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 8, 2012