Daniel Isaac Kaplan

March 31, 1995 – Dec. 1, 2012
Beloved son of William and Constance; grandson of Shirley Vaughan of Columbia, SC.

Daniel was born March 31, 1995 at Verdugo Hills Hospital and lived his entire life in Montrose. He attended John C. Fremont Elementary, Rosemont Middle School, Crescenta Valley High and Daily High.

Bright, intuitive and talented, Daniel enjoyed artistic and academic successes, particularly during his seven years at Fremont. He was the fifth grade statewide winner in the “Imagine That” essay contest. He also played various instruments in the school bands and enjoyed a brief career acting in TV commercials.

His life was cut short on La Tuna Canyon Road on the evening of Dec. 1 when the car he was a passenger in swerved out of control and crashed into a railing. His family dearly hopes that if his loss keeps others from driving too fast on that stretch of road, he will not have been taken from us in vain.

Daniel is survived by many close friends and family. He was strong and courageous as he endured debilitating medical problems. He was the light of our life and will be dearly missed.

Crippen Mortuary Directors

2 Responses to "Daniel Isaac Kaplan"

  1. Desiree   December 6, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Daniel was a friend of our son. Our son was deeply affected by his death. Daniel’s life is not the only one taken from La Tuna Canyon. We lost a close friend in 2006 on that same road. The road is windy, the speed limits are too fast, and too many people tailgate others aggressively. How many people will lose their life on this road until city government makes a change to speed limits or add lighting to an otherwise dark roadway? I have not driven this road since my friend lost her life in 2006. I suggest others speak up and make a change to make this road safer for everyone to travel on.

  2. Lynn Kern   December 6, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Connie,
    My heart goes out to you and your husband.You are in my thoughts from Carmel Valley. Bill joins me in sending our deepest sympathy.
    Lynn Kern

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