Michele Daschbach Fast: Daughter of Atherton, beloved family member and lifelong sports fan

by Contributed Content on October 14, 2011

Editor’s note: Michele Daschbach Fast, who grew up in Atherton, was one of the victims of the shootings that took place in a beauty salon in Seal Beach, CA on Wednesday, Oct. 12. This obituary was provided by her sister Laura Daschbach Pitchford.

Michele Daschbach Fast, 47, passed away on October 12, 2011. In her passing, Michele leaves, Patrick,  her loving husband of 24 years, and their three incredible children, Patrick, 20, a senior at UC Berkeley,  Laura, 18, a freshman at UCLA, and Lisa, 16, a junior at Los Alamitos High School in Los Alamitos, CA.

Michele was born at Stanford Hospital, and grew up in Atherton. She attended elementary school at St. Raymond School and graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1982. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara, and it was there that she met her future husband. It was Patrick’s career in the aerospace industry that ultimately led them to settle in Seal Beach, CA where Patrick and Michele lived and raised their family for the past 16 years.

The youngest of six children, Michele is survived by her parents, Howard and Leonore Daschbach of Atherton; sisters, LeeLee Cusenza of Pleasanton, CA, Lisa Fuerst and Laura Pitchford, both of Atherton; and brothers Rooney of Sunset Beach, CA and Mark, also a resident of Atherton.  Michele also leaves behind her father-in-law Stephen Fast of Pacific Palisades, CA, six brothers- and sisters-in law, 15 nieces and nephews and two great nieces.  Her Labrador, Otis, has also lost his loyal companion.

Throughout her life Michele was drawn to sports, both as a participant and a fan.  In her youth and through high school, Michele played tennis competitively for the Menlo Circus Club and Sacred Heart, and continued to play recreationally as an adult.  She was also quite a swimmer — usually the first one in the pool each morning at McGaugh School.

As competitive as she was as an athlete, Michele pulled even harder for her favorite teams. She was a lifelong San Francisco Giants fan in both good times and in bad. No one was happier than Michele when her Giants finally won the World Series in 2010. She was a dedicated supporter of all of the teams for whom her children competed.

In addition to the achievements of her own gifted children, “Shell,” as she was known to family and friends, took immeasurable pride in the scholastic and athletic success of her many nieces and nephews.  Michele followed them as closely as she could — in person when possible, but otherwise glued to the internet.  Not infrequently, Michele would find an out-of-town score or an online article about a game involving one of her nieces and nephews even before their parents would.

While perhaps initially coming across as a bit shy or reserved, there was no one with a better, quicker or cleverer sense of humor than Michele. An incredibly bright woman, Michele was quick with the one-liners that often left the listener a bit puzzled at first, but then laughing hysterically when they finally got the subtle punch line.  Then Michele would laugh heartily at her own insightful pun.

Michele has left us way too early, but she lived her short life so fully and selflessly, and made such an impact on the lives of others, that she will never be forgotten.  Her beautiful smile, hearty laugh and loving spirit will be with us forever.

Services will be held for Michele on Saturday, October 22, at 11:00 am at the Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park. A reception for family and close friends will follow at the home of her sister Lisa.



Romen Rey October 15, 2011 at 9:27 am

I shall continue to pray for Michele’s soul. May God bless her and show her the way to His loving arms. I remember Michele like it was just yesterday, her warm and bright smile as she came to the office to visit her Dad and sister. My sympathies to her children, and her family.

Annie Dodge October 16, 2011 at 8:24 am

Michele’s sisters opened their homes and their hearts to us when we lived in Menlo Park, and our children attended St. Raymonds. Knowing how wonderful Lisa and Laura are – I just know that Michele was just as wonderful. My heart goes out to all the family for their unbelievable loss. My thoughts and prayers, as well as the thoughts and prayers of all our family, are with you now and always. Annie Dodge

Joanne & Dean Holman October 16, 2011 at 11:14 am

We are thinking of you and sending our love to your family at this time of grief. Joanne and Dean

Paulette Tawadrous October 16, 2011 at 3:37 pm

My heart is breaking from sadness over Michele’s tragic death. I knew Michele when she lived in Upland. She was my tennis partner for years. I can’t say enough about how sweet and kind person she was, a truly classy lady. We kept in touch even after she moved to Seal Beach, but not as much as i should have. My heart aches when i think of what her mom and dad are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, her husband Pat and 3 children. I will forever miss her. Goodbye my friend. I’ll never forget you.

Mrs. Jack Pedersen October 16, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Thinking of your family in this time of great loss. God bless you.
Pearl Pedersen.

John LemMon October 19, 2011 at 8:29 pm

The LemMon Family, infamous from the other side of the tracks in bucolic Atherton are all extremely shocked and saddened by this horrible turn of events. The patriarchs of the families practiced law for many years in San Mateo County, and the children have all lived lives full of joy and progeny, this tragic event tragically cuts short a treasured lineage. We shall honor her memory by living well and just. John LemMon

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