Daniel Paul Hamada was born on June 1, 1966, in New York City and died unexpectedly at the young age of 48 on July 15, 2014. At the age of 3, he moved with his family to Hood River, Ore., where he lived until his graduation from Hood River Valley High School in 1984.
Throughout his childhood, Dan enjoyed school, friends, basketball, making awesome mixed tapes and spending time with his grandparents. Even after leaving Hood River, he always proudly called it his home town.
Dan graduated from the University of Southern California in 1988 in business administration and moved back to Oregon, settling in Portland. He worked for a variety of companies before settling at Pacific Residential Mortgage, where he served as a mortgage broker. He considered it his second home and shared many good times with his co-workers and customers.
Dan's greatest joy was his family. He married his wife, Judy Waters, of Beaverton, in 1993, and had three children: Jordan (17), Jacob (14) and Kiana (11). His children meant the world to him, and he could often be found accompanying them to track meets, soccer games or dance performances.
Dan was an avid Trail Blazer fan and enjoyed participating in fantasy sports with his old high school buddies.
Dan leaves behind not only his wife and children but also his mother, Susan Addy; sister Debbe Hamada and her husband, Bill Andrews; his father, Paul Hamada, and stepmother, Cathy; stepbrother Alex Addy, stepsister Brenda Addy, stepsister Anna Thompson Allen, stepbrother Stephen Thompson and his cousin Janet Hamada and her husband, Steve Glatter.
His family and friends will always remember Dan for his great love of his family, ready smile, his sense of humor, warmth and his easy conversational style.
A celebration in honor of Dan's life will be held Saturday, Aug. 9, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Sunset Presbyterian Church at 14986 N.W. Cornell Road, Portland, OR 97229, with a reception immediately following the service.
A scholarship fund has been established for Dan's children, especially his son Jordan who will start at the University of Oregon this fall. Please visit this website for more information on how to donate:
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