Daniel Bazer lost his long battle with Parkinson’s and Louie Body Dementia on the morning of November 12, 2020. He died in Goldendale in the home of his stepdaughter, Tanya M. DeCharles, and her husband, Nathan Nichols. He was attended by his wife of 35 years, Patricia Charlene Bazer, and the nurses of the Heart of Hospice.
Daniel was born in Brooklyn, New York, on July 12, 1942, to Helen Wasserman Bazer and Noah Bazer. His mother died when Dan was nine, and later Ethel Mills became his step-mother.
He leaves two sons: Daniel Barrett Bazer of North Zulch, Texas, and Jonathan Fredrick Bazer and his wife Katia in Vicenza, Italy. He also leaves a step-son, Martin D. Boyd and his wife Wendy of Fresno, California.
He leaves three grandchildren: Nathanial Bazer of San Diego, David Bazer, and Leah Bazer of Italy; and one step-granddaughter, Samantha Nichols of Washington. He also leaves his sister, Dinah Bazer and her husband Rodolfo Riesgo, and their two daughters, Breukellen and Marielle; and two grand nieces.
Daniel and Patricia met and married in Houston, Texas. They relocated to San Diego, where Daniel went to work for Solar Turbines as a machinist until he retired. He continued his interest in motorcycles and joined a “men’s social club with a motorcycle habit” based in San Diego.
After retiring, Dan and Pat traveled around the U.S. for a few years, for work, for sightseeing and for health, finally settled in Tucson, Arizona. Dan was aware that he was ill, but it took a while for a doctor to finally tell him he had Parkinson’s and dementia. Dan found and joined the Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery Gym in Tucson. The professionals who worked there helped him to be active for longer than he expected. The opportunity to meet others in his same situation was a big help.
Not long after he started at the gym, he was tested for a special Parkinson’s marker that got him admitted into Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) study sponsored by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and Indiana University School of Medicine and Molecular Genetics. He joined the study and traveled to San Francisco twice a year for testing until he could no longer physically make the trip. Of course ,the Covid-19 pandemic also put travel on hold. Daniel’s finial contribution to the study was a brain tissue donation. He hated the disease and wanted to assist in any way to bring an end to it.
The family wishes to give a special thanks to the Goldendale EMTs. They responded to our calls in a timely, courteous, respectful, and helpful manner. We are also very grateful to the nurses, aides, and staff of the Heart of Hospice for the loving care they gave all of us at this difficult time.
Daniel’s cremation is being overseen by the Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel. There will be a family memorial service at a later time.