August 25, 1989 - September 8, 2020
Le Raysville, Pennsylvania
September 8, 2020
August 25, 1989
It is with immense sadness that the family of Daniel (Dan) Aaron Copes announce his passing due to complications of Stage IV Adrenal Cancer. Dan lived to the fullest for 31 years from August 25, 1989 - September 8, 2020. As he passed peacefully, Dan was surrounded by his loving family and partner, listening to music.
Dan is predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Louis and Jeanne Rosenberg (née Dunnells) and Betty Rosenberg (née Michelson), and his paternal grandparents, John Copes and Joyce Bolig (née Melley).
Dan will live on in the memories of his loving partner, Kailin Bouse, his parents, Jon and Cheryl Copes, his siblings, Benjamin and Melissa Copes, and many many beloved extended family members and close friends.
Dan went to Elk Lake High School in Dimock, PA where he had a lot of fun, learned a little, and started building his vast network of lifelong friends. Dan then went to Bloomsburg University, where he initially studied kinesiology. After partaking in a month-long study abroad program at Shandong University in China, and returning there several times subsequently, Dan began studying and eventually earned his Bachelor's Degree in Chinese linguistics and attained the status of fluency in Mandarin. While at Bloomsburg, Dan also studied and earned a Minor degree in music arts. After his formal education was completed, Dan dedicated his life to learning about, discovering, and creating music. Along with his band, The Dank Hopes Project, Dan became immersed in the North Eastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) music scene, playing shows at various venues and events and supporting his fellow artists from the region. Dan's self-improvement journey never ended and earlier this year, he took a month-long yoga course with his partner, Kailin.
From a young age, Dan was an adventurous, intelligent, kind-hearted person who loved nature, animals, art and music, and his fellow people. He would regularly seek out people that he thought were interesting or different, who needed a shoulder to lean on, or who he thought he could have a conversation with. Everywhere he went, Dan made new friends. Whether he knew it or not, he was always showing people by example how to be better, how to be more caring and less judgmental, how to genuinely listen and care about other peoples' lives, how to show generosity when others would turn their backs, and how to live life to its fullest with no regrets. He would always greet people with a big smile, a hug, and a boisterous "how ya doing, brother?!" And sure, Dan also had his quirks. He always ran on what became known as "Dan Time"; he loved sleeping and disliked being woken prematurely; he didn't like being touched on the neck and back; and he never wanted to throw anything away. Dan was one of the most full and complex people you could ever meet and this is part of what attracted so many people across the world to him.
Dan touched the heart of every person he ever met. That is how he will live forever. His energy is deeply embedded everywhere and in everything. The particles of his essence now blanket the Earth and soar through the entire universe, no longer confined to the places his body walked.
Dan's family is planning a memorial service and will communicate the details to friends and family when available.
Until we see you again, Rest in Peace, Brother.
From: Rob Grieshop
Jon and family, saddened by this news - big hugs and prayers!
From: Tom Jantz
Jon, Cheryl and family,
All my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of great sadness. May God bless you all!
From: Donna ellis
I was one of the phlebotomist that took care of Dan during his stay at Robert Packer.IWords can not explain what a truly special man he was. My deepest condolences go out to his family and partner. He will never be forgotten.
From: Jeff Wright
Very sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies.
From: Jesse Shadduck and family
Thoughts and prayers go out to your family, sorry for your loss
From: Peggie Bouse(Kai's Gramma
To Dan's family & my precious Granddaughter Kai my heart breaks for all of you I enjoyed Dan's company everything you 2 came to visit it was always a laughfest I am sorry for your loss but grateful I had the honor to meet and spend time with Dan. Rest in Peace I love you dearly.
From: theresa madrak & robert
We knew Dan through our daughter and he was a kind, loving person. So so sorry that he had to leave this earth too soon. May he rest in peace and peace be with you also.
From: Tomek Kasperkowicz
Jon and family, I am very sorry for your loss.
From: Sue Camp
Jon and family,
I’m so sorry for your loss. Try to remember all the good times even though it’s so difficult right now. And remember he’s always with you in your hearts!
From: Sandra Sykes (Lane)
My sympathies to Jon and the family of Daniel. I did not know your son but from what I have read he was already an Angel on Earth. May the memories you have bring you comfort in the times to come.
From: Nancy Alderson
So sorry for your loss. I knew Dan thru the LeRaysville market . He was a kind and gentle man. Our prayers for comfort to the family. Nancy and John. Alderson
From: Darlene Kostelac Hinman-Payton Baltzley
Was blessed to have met Dan & instantly found him intriguing & full of life!He was kind to our family at the camp ground as we celebrated my son' graduation. Payton, my other Son, is just devastated and is deeply missing Dan. I am sharing the love on Payton's behalf to the Cope family & friends as they all mourn the loss of a good soul. May Dan now sing a happy tune forever! Honored to have known Dan. God bless.
From: Gabby Baltzley
I was truly heartbroken to hear of Dan's passing. He always brought the good energy to any room, anywhere. In this crazy world, he was one of the few people I know with a solid gold heart. He is the most positive person I have ever met, and I deeply admired that. He reached out to me to connect with Payton. He was a great friend to Payt and expressed his support and love for him. I am full of gratitude knowing my brother had a friend like Dan. I know Payt wishes he could have returned the support in Dan's final days. We both are truly sorry for your loss. We wish the whole family peace.
From: Christina Lim
Dear Copes family-
My name is Christina Lim and I was a classmate of Dan and Kailin’s this past March for our yoga teacher training. For a better part of the time Dan’s yoga mat was next to mine. It was an intense time due to the schedule and the nature of the program’s focus to practice looking inward. And Dan was so brave to do so with honesty, humor, inquisitiveness, courage, deep kindness and love. He shared his heart with everyone. He truly truly lived in the moment and gave of himself wholeheartedly. It is rare to meet someone who has no pretenses nor judgement so that you trust them immediately. And Dan was such a rare individual.
Please know I share in your sorrow and grief and I am celebrate his meaningful life with you.
With deepest sympathy,