Paul Hatch Daines, Jr., M. D. -
Rest in Peace
Paul Hatch Daines, Jr., M. D., 49, of Logan, Utah
passed away Saturday, September 10, 2005, following a valiant battle against
colon cancer. Paul was born July 22, 1956 in Washington, D.C. to Paul Daines,
Sr., and Allene Kleinman Daines. Paul was the first of nine children and grew up
in Montpelier, Idaho. Paul married his sweetheart, Sharon Elizabeth Player July
31, 1981 in the Logan Temple. Together they have two children, Matthew Paul
Daines and Leilani Player Daines.
Paul graduated from the University of Utah and the University of Washington
Medical School. He served his residency in Honolulu, Hawaii. Paul practiced
medicine, first as an internist and then as an Emergency Department physician at
Logan Regional Hospital.
Paul served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in
Dsseldorf, Germany, remaining an active member in good standing. He served as a
bishopric counselor, a bishop and as a stake high counselor. His most recent
calling was the Logan 5th Ward Family History Center Director. Family history
and temple work were dear to his heart.
Paul had a zest for life that was joyous to see. He saw every challenge that
came his way as an opportunity for growth and learning, and encouraged the same
in others. He could always be counted on for a word of loving advice, whether or
not solicited. Paul had a strong desire to
serve others, investing his time, resources and talents wherever possible. He
was particularly concerned with helping youth find happiness and become
productive adults. Therefore, he helped found Options for Youth, an organization
for gang prevention. He also established the Sunrise Leadership Academy, a
wilderness program to help youth recognize their potential and build their
self-confidence. He felt strongly enough about his political beliefs to run for
Mayor of Logan City.
In the last 5 years, he worked with the Swanson Family Foundation, a non-profit
organization dedicated to uplifting third-world countries, particularly
Mongolia. Their goals include obtaining & delivering medical supplies and
equipment, providing post-graduate education to
medical professionals, training police authorities, and assisting orphanages.
Paul traveled to Mongolia seven times to promote these efforts.
In addition to his family, his passions were horses, gardening, skiing, and
fishing. He loved Hawaii, and his dream was to retire there. He supported the
arts and enjoyed collecting oil paintings. Serving others with kindness was the
essence of his heart. He had so many friends and
he loved visiting with them all. Typical visits to the grocery store became epic
never-ending conversations with people he ran into at the store. Finally his
dear family had to impose a time limit so they could get home before the ice
cream melted. His family resorted to fining him
when he exceeding the time limit, which has resulted in enough funds to see his
children through graduate school.
Paul always wanted to have a lot of children and as
so many nieces and nephews, neighbors, and friends can attest, Paul and Sharon
welcomed many children into their home and loved them as their own.
Paul is survived by his loving wife and devoted children, his parents and his
siblings Laura & Lenny Tatro of Logan, Utah; Scott & Kendall Daines of
Kensington, Maryland; Michael & Janice Daines of Wenatchee, Washington; Bruce
Daines of Ogden, Utah; Shelly & Bruce Wallentine of
Lanarck, Idaho; Andrea Hart of Paron, Arkansas; Clark Daines of Salt Lake City,
Utah and Stephanie Daines of Las Vegas, Nevada.
The love shared by Paul & Sharon will endure
eternally. He is her rock, she is his kite. He enjoyed her creative, colorful,
free spirit. She thrived in his loving care, stability and wisdom. The gift of
the six years following his original diagnosis, were the happiest years of
their marriage. They were fortunate enough to have a second honeymoon a week
before he died. Those memories can never be taken from them. Paul is the love of
Paul knew his time was near. He loved the Lord and took solace in his early
morning personal scripture study. He left his house in order. He had made a
personal checklist, which was discovered after his death. He told his family he
was at peace.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Wednesday, September 14th at the Logan
5th Ward Chapel, Logan, Utah. A viewing will be held from 6-8pm on Tuesday at
Allen-Hall Mortuary and on Wednesday at 10:30am at the Logan 5th Ward. Interment
will be in the Smithfield Cemetery in Smithfield, Utah.
Paul's family would appreciate donations in his name to the Swanson Family
Foundation to help continue the work for those who need our love and assistance.
Contact the Foundation at 2520 North 1500 West, Ogden, Utah 84404. 801-392-0360.