Beloved son and grandson, husband and father, friend to many – passed away June 26, 2019, in his Bothell home.
Daniel was born December 5, 1981, the son of Donald and Cheryl Kuhn of Portland. The family moved in 1986 to the Seattle area, settling in Redmond where Daniel attended Horace Mann Elementary, joined Cub Scouts, and played Little League baseball. Daniel also loved to spend time at the country home of his maternal grandparents near Umpqua, Oregon. It was there that he learned to love the outdoors -- and riding ATVs.
The family experienced tragedy with the death of Daniel’s father in 1991. Daniel’s grandparents moved north to help raise him so that his mom could continue her work with the City of Bellevue. The extended family moved to Woodinville, where Daniel graduated from Inglemoor High School and went on to attend Shoreline Community College.
From early childhood, and throughout his life, Daniel was intensely bright and curious. He loved to explore. Asked where he would like to go on summer vacation, he immediately chose the place he had just studied in sixth grade: “Greece and Italy; I really need to see those places.” That led to many domestic and international travels, with Daniel eagerly absorbing it all, from his favorite Oregon coast to the tip of Baja to the ruins of Pompeii and the castles of Great Britain.
In 2012, Daniel married his love, Minette Racz of Kirkland, formerly from Denver. The couple had two sons, Carson and James, ages 8 and 4, both as bright and inquisitive as their dad. The family had many close friends and loved to share hospitality at their Bothell home.
Daniel worked primarily in the hospitality and customer service industry, at various Seattle restaurants and at Century Link Field where he could keep an eye on his beloved Seahawks. He is survived by his wife Minette, his children Carson and James, his mother Cheryl Kuhn, his grandmother Evelyn Addcox, as well as a large extended family.
Interment is private at Novelty Hill Cemetery. A memorial service will be scheduled later.
(Posted: September 20, 2019)
My nickname for Dan was The Mayor. His love for Seattle was huge. His fanatical love for all the Seattle sports teams was tremendous. Hell, I have seen him scold people on social media for complaining about the Seattle weather. He let everyone know what an amazing city this is and very lucky we were to live here. I first met Dan at a Brewfest in Port Townsend more than a decade ago and he just had a way of making you feel like you were his best friend. Smart, mischevious, engaging, hysterically funny. It was so easy to have a "bromance" with Dan. We all can take comfort in knowing that he is looking over his amazing wife, Minette and their adorable boys. He will also be looking over the Seahawks, Mariners, Sounders like a good mayor should. You were one of a kind, Dan. You will be missed terribly. It was an privilege to have know you.
(Posted: September 02, 2019)
My friend Dan, I will never forget you. It was an honor to know you and to work with you. I had a lot of fun by your side. You were always in a good mood and you had a great sense of humor. I will never forget our discussions and our plans to open “Le jetteur de cuillère “. It was so funny! You are an amazing man, my friend. I will never forget you and you will always be in my heart. Rest In Peace, Dan. I miss you my friend.
(Posted: July 12, 2019)
I can't begin to fathom that I am writing a "comment" regarding Daniel's passing. I can't begin to comprehend that he has left his beautiful world, with Adoring Wife, 2 Precious Lives he help create, a home, land, family, friends, critters. This funny, beautiful, handsome, caring, loving soul we were all blessed to know. Funny, oh yes, we became quick friends at work when I went up to the bar to fetch my drinks, and he purposely squirted me in the eye with soda water, leading me to laugh hysterically and wonder if my mascara was all over my face, while serving our customers. It was a perfect moment, the best kind, the innocence of silliness that makes life grand, that magic Daniel brought to the day. Silly, Goofy, Wonderful. Also, learning through conversation about life, "You went to Horace Mann Elementary?, Really?" mmm "My sister taught kindergarten there" mmm "Was her name Susan Wolfin", "Yes" "Uh , your sister was my kindergarten teacher" Of Course, Daniel was the boy that remembered & cherished his kindergarten teacher. This is so difficult. This is so sad. My heart is heavy for his family all around. Thankful for the lives Daniel and Minette created to carry on Daniel's being, through the eyes of their sweet boys. I'm certain he'll be the only Man I'll ever meet that was in my sister's kindergarten class and the only bartender that would squirt me in the face, at work. I trust and know that he will be watching over his family forever more. The words always fall short of what I want to say. I love you Daniel Kuhn. Rest In Peace with your Papa.
(Posted: July 08, 2019)
My longest friend, I cant begin to understand why you have been called from us so early. I love you so much and my heart breaks everytime I think of you. Sending prayers to gramma and mom, and your beautiful family. I still have your postcards from the tower of London with my dream ring. I will always remember the boy in the garage. Thank you for 33 years of friendship!
(Posted: July 07, 2019)
Dan Kuhn, you will always be missed but never forgotten. You were an amazing friend, father and husband. You were like a brother to me. Considering I don't have barely any family around, Dan always invited me out for drinks and jokes and to watch sports games with. He was a very kind, smart and funny dude. I will forever cherish the times we spent together. Whether at work or off the clock, I will always remember you my friend. Until we meet again, I pray for your family and friends. RIP brother. Cheers!
(Posted: July 06, 2019)
What a wonderful tribute these words are to an amazing young man. And, if a picture can be worth 1,000 words, THIS photo of Daniel is worth hundreds of thousands. The entire tribute displays his openness, his friendliness, his curiosity, his love of life. People were drawn to him for those and many, many more reasons -- he touched so many people in so many ways. I'm just sorry his stay here was altogether too short.
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