Service for Michele Daschbach Fast


A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 22, for Michele Daschbach Fast, the youngest daughter of the well-known Daschbach family of Atherton, who died Oct. 12 in the Seal Beach rampage in Orange County that left eight dead. She was 47.

The service will start at 11 a.m. at Church of the Nativity, 210 Oak Grove Ave. in Menlo Park.

Ms. Fast attended St. Raymond School and graduated from Sacred Heart High School. In her youth and throughout high school she played tennis competitively for the Menlo Circus Club and Sacred Heart High School. 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, Lisa Fuerst and Laura Pitchford, both of Atherton; and brothers Rooney of Sunset Beach, and Mark of Atherton.

Memorial donations may be made to Ms. Fast's favorite charity, Click here to go to the Michele Daschbach Fast Memorial Charity Fund page.

Other stories:

Local Soccer Mom Michele Fast's Tragic Death Inspires Community

Hundreds mourn Seal Beach wife, mom Michele Fast (Orange County Register)

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Posted by Al & Sarah Filice
a resident of another community
on Oct 20, 2011 at 11:38 am

Dear Mark and family,

Both Sarah and I wanted to express our deepest sympathy for the tragic loss of your sister, Michele. There are no words to tell you how sorry we are that your family has had to endure this horrific experience all because of the actions of such a sick individual.

Please know that that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely, Al & Sarah Filice

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Oct 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I can only imagine what this family is going through.

We lost a beloved family member to a murder that is still unsolved. I wish I had words of comfort the Daschbachs and Fasts but I don't. I am just so deeply sorry.

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