Daniel Shannon (1992 - 2015)

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Daniel Waterman Shannon
January 19, 1992 - January 23, 2015
Our dear Daniel Waterman Shannon of Caldwell, entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior Friday, January 23, 2015. One day after his 23rd birthday, our seemingly healthy Daniel collapsed at work from an AVM (arteriovenous malformation) in the brain. Our plans were not God's plans, and Daniel passed away at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Lewiston, Idaho.
Daniel was born January 19, 1992, in Bremerton, Washington, to Eric and Laura Shannon. Big sister, Carolyn, two-and-a-half, welcomed her new brother and playmate. In 1994, the Shannons moved to Caldwell, and Daniel's twin siblings, Muriel and Caleb completed the family.
Daniel was home-educated through the ninth grade, graduated from Nampa Christian High School in 2010, and began attending the University of Idaho that fall. At the time of his death, Daniel was living in Moscow, enjoying an academic break, with plans to complete his bachelor's degree in business or accounting during the upcoming academic year. During his high school and college summers, Daniel worked as a lifeguard at the Caldwell Family YMCA, and later at Hamilton Lowes Aquatic Center in Moscow. Most recently, Daniel was working as a clerk at the Palouse Inn in Moscow.
Among Daniel's interests were sports and fitness. From the endless racing and wrestling with his brother, to the pick-up games of football with cousins and buddies, to Nampa Christian High School where he became a competitive member of the track and football teams, Daniel's life was a physical one. During college Daniel played intermural football, and scheduled routine times for jogging and weight-lifting. Daniel was a "football fanatic" who loved playing, watching, reading about, and discussing the game. He was a deep thinker, and enjoyed philosophical debate. Daniel played piano, raised chickens, was involved in Boy Scouts, took pleasure in the outdoors, and was the family's go-to tech guy.
While Daniel was at a stage of life in which he savored his independence, he also valued family: outings and projects with his dad, traditions and road adventures with his family, football and Cross Family Reunions with the Shannon Grandparents, big dinners and the mountain cabin with the Waterman Grandparents, 23 first cousins to grow up with, and numerous second cousins, aunts, uncles, great-aunts, great-uncles, and great-grandparents whom he knew and loved.
We are thankful and blessed that God placed Daniel in our lives for 23 years. As believers in Christ, we trust in God's plan for our beloved son. Daniel trusted Christ as his Savior, and we are confident Daniel is in the presence of God's Glory. Daniel designated himself as an organ donor, and while his passing is a tragedy for our family, the prayers of many have been answered by Daniel's contribution to others through the LifeCenter Northwest Organ Donor Network.
Daniel leaves behind broken-hearted family members including his parents, Eric and Laura Shannon, and siblings, Carolyn, Muriel, and Caleb, who will miss him so very much. He also leaves behind grandmothers Janet Shannon and Peggy Waterman, as well as friends, and a large extended family. Daniel was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Donald H. Shannon and Wilbur L. Waterman.
Daniel's childhood church was Montana Avenue Baptist Church (MABC) in Caldwell. In 2010, Daniel served on a working mission trip to Bogota, Columbia, with Pastor Geoff and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Daniel's name to MABC Missions for use in their work with Hospital of Hope, Togo, West Africa.
A memorial service for Daniel will take place Saturday, February 7th, 1 PM, at the Caldwell First Baptist Church, 221 E. Linden Street, Caldwell, Idaho.

Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Feb. 1, 2015