(Job One News Blog editors note: I had several larger photos of Dan. Some beardless, some not, some with a tie and some not. But this photo is the one that captures the sweet spirit that we all knew as "Dan"... :) )
A good name is better than fine perfume,
and the day of death better than the day of birth.
It is better to go to a house of mourning
than to go to a house of feasting,
for death is the destiny of everyone;
the living should take this to heart...
We here at Job One had to bid farewell to a dear co-worker, confidant, buddy, spiritual advisor and brother and most of all true friend...
He was a pillar of our foundation, our cockeyed optimist and our communcations director extrodinair, and the go to guy if you had a problem with anything. He was also a friend you could talk to about anything and he would always have the answers... He was a spiritual giant with a humble heart. I personally will miss him dearly. We had many same interests and spiritual teachers. But saying that I know he is in a better place and watching us with amusement as we worry about frivolous things such as the end of the world because we knew that this was not the end of our journey.
Our spirits rejoice with and for him while our hearts grieve his absence from us on Planet Earth.
He is survived by his adoring wife Carolyn, his four grown daughters; Sheila (Jeff), Mary, Krista, and Heather (Jaime), 7 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren as well as his younger brother and sister, his nieces and nephews and their children.
He was a prolific author who wrote over 50 computer books, an eclectic blogger covering everything from the latest headlines, his favorite sports teams, and technology, and in recent years, turned most of his considerable writing and research talents to matters of spirituality. Dan was a greatly beloved Spiritual Teacher In Residence at Unity Monterey Bay, his home church, and and a sought-after guest speaker at other Unity fellowships. He also founded One Mind Fellowship, an online spiritual community. He has published books on the power of I AM and meditation. He had several projects in the completion stage when he passed, and we plan to finish what we can in his honor. He recently took a volunteer position at Job One Humanity, an organization that is concerned with the environment. Dan was passionate about his work there.
Dan was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1945 to Robert and Valrene Shafer. He served in Vietnam, and was active in the Civil Rights movement. He moved his family to California in 1978. He joins his parents, grandparents, brother, and infant son, Sean, in Heaven.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Unity Monterey Bay 601 Madison St. Monterey, CA 93940. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you gift a donation in Dan’s name to the Fred Kleppe Emergency Fund of Unity Monterey Bay.
Dan had his own website if you care to see. As I said he was a Spiritual Giant but you wouldn't dare say such a thing to this humble man...
I never had the honor of meeting my friend in person. We were cyber buds. But I pray I will get the chance to finally meet him face to face when the time comes...
Dan you are loved and missed dearly... There is no way I could do you justice in words here... Love, David T Pike
Dan Shafer 1945-2017