Obituary: Michele Daschbach Fast, sports enthusiastMichele Daschbach Fast, the youngest daughter of the well-known Daschbach family of Atherton, died Oct. 12. She died in a shooting rampage that took eight lives in a beauty salon in Seal Beach, a community in Orange County. She was 47.
Services were held Oct. 22 at the Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park.
Ms. Fast attended St. Raymond School in Menlo Park and graduated from Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton. In her youth and throughout high school she played tennis competitively for the Menlo Circus Club and Sacred Heart. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara, where she met her future husband, Patrick Fast.
Mr. Fast's career in the aviation industry ultimately led them to Seal Beach, where they lived and raised their three children for the past 16 years.
As an adult, Ms. Fast played tennis recreationally and was an enthusiastic swimmer. She was a life-long San Francisco Giants fan and a dedicated supporter of all the teams on which her children competed, say family members. She also took pride in the scholastic and athletic success of her many nieces and nephews, they say.
Ms. Fast is survived by her husband of 24 years, Patrick Fast of Seal Beach; children, Patrick, 20, a senior at UC Berkeley, Laura, 18, a freshman at UCLA, and Lisa, l6, a junior at Los Alamitos High School in Los Alamitos; her parents, Howard and Lenore Daschbach of Atherton; sisters LeeLee Cusenza of Pleasanton, and Lisa Fuerst and Laura Pitchford, both of Atherton; and brothers Rooney of Sunset Beach and Mark of Atherton.
Donations may be made to Ms. Fast's favorite charity, smiletrain.org.
Visit tinyurl.org/Michele-111 to see the Michele Daschbach Fast Memorial Charity Fund page.