Daniel Patrick Nay
Daniel Patrick Nay was born on March 27, 1954 in Whittier, CA to parents Daniel Lyman Nay and Joan McNeilly Nay. He graduated from California High School in 1972 and joined the U.S. Army serving in Stuttgart and Garmisch-Partenkirchen , West Germany developing a lifelong love of the outdoors through skiing and rock climbing. Honorably discharged as a sergeant, he lived for several years in the Lake Tahoe and Yosemite areas focusing on his love of skiing and climbing, including numerous ascents of El Capitan and Half Dome while also serving on rescue patrols. Later in life he would add competitive cycling to his athletic passions and raced for many years.
In the early 90's Pat returned to College, first at Mira Costa College and then at USC where, in 1994, he graduated magna cum laude in History with honors, including Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Beta Phi and the Golden Key National Honor Societies. He earned his teaching credential and taught four years at Pasadena High School in Pasadena. His love of athletics led him to learn and master athletic massage where he built a sports massage business, enabling him to pursue his passion for sports through his work. His many, many friends called him "the gentle giant" who loved to spend time with them, challenge himself physically and most of all help his friends in any way that he could.
While recovering from a successful operation for cancer, he died suddenly from cardiac arrest. He is survived by his mother and father, sister Jamie Katherine Nay of San Diego, brother Mark Richard Nay, sister-in-law Shelley Sackett and nephews Andrew Nay and Daniel Nay, all of Pasadena; his Aunt Patricia Marburger Bugbee of Albuquerque, cousins Matt, Maureen and Steve Marburger, and numerous relatives of Noble E. Nay, his deceased grandfather, and a long- time resident of Pasadena.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 11, at 1:00 p.m. in Farnsworth Park located on North Lake Ave. and 568 Mountain Curve Ave., Altadena. The service will take place in the amphitheater, followed by a reception in Davies Hall at the park. Parking is located on Mt. Curve Dr. Donations may be sent to the Dep't of Veterans Affairs, Voluntary Services, GPS 1000, 11301 Wilshire Blvd. L.A., CA. 90073; CAMP ARANU'TIQ (http://www.camparanutiq.org/donate), the Yosemite Conservancy or the Sierra Club.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on Dec. 29, 2013