Daniel Drew Jong

July 5, 1958 - De­cem­ber 23, 2018

San Francisco Chronicle - Late Edition (Sunday) - - LIFETRIBUTES -

Daniel Drew Jong qui­etly took his last breath at sun­rise, De­cem­ber 23, 2018 in Oak­land Kaiser Hospi­tal, the same hospi­tal where he was born 60 years ago. He passed peace­fully.

His fa­ther Francis Jong met his mother El­iz­a­beth dur­ing WWII, both serv­ing with the Fly­ing Tigers in China, where they re­turned to raise their four chil­dren, An­drew, Ben­drew and Chris­tine, born in the 1940’s, and Daniel born in 1958. He was the joy of his par­ents’ hearts, and as the much younger child, be­came their “only” child, grow­ing up in El Cer­rito Cal­i­for­nia and liv­ing there un­til his mar­riage in 1995 to Lisa Adame-Corker when he moved to a house in El So­brante, CA. Their son Ka­likiano Jong was born there in 1998.

Daniel was in­ti­mately as­so­ci­ated with the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia Berke­ley all his life. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Kennedy High School, Rich­mond, in 1975, he grad­u­ated from Cal (U.C. Berke­ley) with a ma­jor in psy­chol­ogy in 1979. While at Berke­ley, he worked for the Cal Vis­i­tors Cen­ter and af­ter grad­u­a­tion con­tin­ued work­ing for Cal in the park­ing divi­sion which led to his job at the Cal­i­for­nia DMV. Daniel then worked as a fi­nan­cial an­a­lyst for Charles Sch­wab, and fi­nally came back home to U.C. Berke­ley where he worked as a fi­nan­cial an­a­lyst un­til he re­tired last year in July, at age 60, due to health com­pli­ca­tions which, un­for­tu­nately, brought him to his early demise.

Daniel loved Cal. From high school on, Daniel at­tended as many Cal sports events as he could, root­ing for Cal foot­ball and bas­ket­ball teams as a sea­son ticket holder, and at­tend­ing ev­ery other Cal event he could, in­clud­ing gym­nas­tics

But his real pas­sion was with the churches he at­tended. First the Berke­ley Chi­nese Com­mu­nity Church, where his mom and dad were early founders, then later with the Chris­tian Lay­man Church as an adult. He sang in choirs, was an avid vol­un­teer for church du­ties, and used his au­dio/ vis­ual skills to record church events. One fun joy was his au­dio work with the Hawai­ian Is­land Min­istries for a large con­fer­ence in Honolulu ev­ery year.

Daniel was loved by most ev­ery­one he came in con­tact with for his kind­ness, vol­un­teer­ing, and joy. And no one had greater faith in Christ and God then Daniel. This deep faith helped him through his last days, know­ing he had a lim­ited time left on earth, but know­ing he did ev­ery­thing he could do in the name of God and that he would be able to join his lov­ing par­ents, who have passed be­fore him.

Daniel leaves his brother Ben­drew, sis­ter Chris­tine, and his son Ka­likiano, and more­over the count­less friends he de­vel­oped over the years. He will be missed by all.

We in­vite you to The Cel­e­bra­tion of Life Ser­vice to be held on Satur­day Jan­uary 19, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Tilden Room, 5th Floor at the ASUC Stu­dent Build­ing at Ban­croft and Tele­graph Av­enue in Berke­ley. Ca­sual attire (e.g. Aloha shirts in the spirit of Daniel’s affin­ity to Hawaii) would be some­thing Daniel would have liked. Street park­ing, pub­lic park­ing, and ASUC base­ment park­ing avail­able.

The fam­ily re­quests that dona­tions be made to the Berke­ley Chi­nese Com­mu­nity Church at http://bc­c­cucc.org/. For fam­ily con­tact: ben­[email protected]

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