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Daniel Joseph Ennis


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Daniel Joseph Ennis Obituary
DANIEL JOSEPH ENNIS Sept. 20, 1953- Nov. 19, 2014 Daniel Joseph Ennis of Palm Desert, California, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at age 61. He passed unexpectedly of a heart attack at home. Dan was born September 20, 1953 to Harry and Maureen Ennis in Whittier, California. The eldest of six children, Dan was raised in three different cities: Whittier (10 years), Vallejo (7 years), and Bakersfield (3 years). A graduate of West High School in Bakersfield, he went on to attend the California State University, Bakersfield, for two years before transferring to the University of California, Irvine (Go Anteaters) where Dan studied Civil Engineering and rowed for the UC Irvine Crew Team. Dan also met his future wife, Nancy Nugent, while living in the Newport Beach area. Dan and Nancy were married on June 21, 1980, and moved to Palm Desert to pursue their respective careers. Dan worked as a civil engineer for the past 34 years through the region, working for Yeager Construction, Riverside Construction, and most recently Skanska. Dan is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Nancy; his father, Harry; his siblings: Stephanie (Tom), John, Jim (Sally), and Mark (Barbie), and 14 nieces and nephews: Alex, Taylor, Andrew, Colleen, Lucy, Sarah, Mary, Grace, Michael, Erin, Josh, Daniel, Annie, and Evan. Dan is preceded in death by his mother, Maureen, and his brother Chris. Dan was always quick with a laugh and an encouraging word. As the big brother, he enjoyed teaching his younger siblings how to play sports and how to navigate quadratic equations. Dan was a supportive husband, and he and Nancy enjoyed traveling to many family events. He loved his nieces and nephews and was a great source of encouragement to them as they pursued their respective athletic and academic dreams. A rosary service will be held for Dan at 6:00PM on Tuesday, November 25th at Christ of the Desert Church, 73441 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert. The funeral will be held at Sacred Heart Church, 43775 Deep Canyon Road, Palm Desert on Wednesday, November 26th at 11:30AM. FitzHenry-Wiefels Palm Desert has been entrusted with arrangements.


Published in Press-Enterprise on Nov. 25, 2014
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