Daniel David Herrera (known as Danny to his family) was born September 13, 1965 in
Stockton, California to Michael and Wanda Herrera. He moved to heaven on April 21, 2023 in
Carmel, California while visiting the parents of his lovely, longtime girlfriend Megan Connolly.
He died from an aortic rupture which was sudden and unexpected.
Daniel moved to Colorado with his mom and brother at the age of 5 and grew up there where
he developed his love of the outdoors in the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. He graduated
from Smokey Hill High School and Fort Lewis College in Durango with his bachelor’s degree.
After college Daniel moved to California where he worked a sales representative for Nestle
Beverage Company. In 2000 he moved to Oregon where he worked at Albertsons until he
changed careers to work as a metal artisan at Archive Designs. He loved his work and found
great joy in creating things of beauty. Many of us have art works he created in stain glass
Daniel was passionate about family, friends, nature, music, and all things creative. He loved
to snow ski, hike, bike, rock climb, kayak and anything outdoors. He loved his gardens where
he grew his own vegetables. He also loved music and enjoyed playing his guitar.
His greatest love was for his two children - David and Renee. They were truly a joy to him.
He shared a special bond with each of them. He took many family vacations where he
enjoyed special time with those who loved him. He had a deep abiding love for his parents
and brother and extended family. His passing leaves a hole in their hearts, but also incredible
memories of someone so special.
He had a wonderful relationship with his girlfriend Megan and a community of very special
and amazing friends with whom he shared many wonderful times with enjoying music, food,
Daniel is survived by his children, David Michael Herrera of San Luis Obispo, CA and Renee
Hannan and husband Phil (and expectant grandchild) of King of Prussia, PA; mother Wanda
Sano and stepfather Joel Sano of Leander, TX; brother Michael Herrera and wife Diane of
Leander, TX; stepmother Karen Herrera of Coos Bay, OR; stepsister Michelle Adkins and
husband Jake of Coos Bay, OR; stepbrother Rob Garcia and wife Nita of Lincoln, CA; and
many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Daniel was preceded in death by his father, Michael Joseph Herrera Sr. of Coos Bay, OR;
grandparents Bill and Faye Herrington of Stockton, CA; grandparents Phil and Amalia Herrera
of Stockton, CA.
Daniel was kind, loving, caring, fun, and creative. He was rich in the special relationships he
had with so many people, both family and friends. He was a wonderful father, son, brother,
and friend to so many. He will be missed greatly and remembered by those who love him as a
special light in their lives gone too soon…
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