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Daniel P. Forrest, 26, formerly of Rockton, IL passed away from cardiac arrest due to a medication accident on Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. He was born June 8, 1990, in Rockford; the son of David Forrest and Pauline (Keehn) Fredin. Daniel was a graduate of Hononegah High School and was attending Seattle Central College.
Daniel was a bright, loving young man with a genuine compassion and kindness for everyone he met and always cared more of others than himself. He had the ability to make friends quickly, make everyone around him feel special, and make them laugh with his wonderful sense of humor and wit. He had a bright future and was looking forward to the next chapter in his life, after college. Daniel loved his family and friends, history, boating, music, movies, and loved nature and the out-of-doors. He was a Jeep enthusiast, loved the holidays, family get togethers, and just hanging out with friends. He was a lover of music, life, and his journey going to college, hanging out with new friends, and working towards his degree in Business and Marketing at the University of Washington. He marveled at the beauty of the scenery in Seattle, WA and took every opportunity he could to explore and go hiking on weekends to witness the beauty of nature and all it has to offer. His smile could light up a room like no one has ever witnessed. Daniel was a loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, and cousin. He was very intelligent, but could stop and marvel at the wonder of a beautiful sunrise or moon on the horizon. He wanted everyone to share his enthusiasm for nature, knowledge and enjoyed long, intelligent conversations with people to discuss things that were important to him and to them with a completely open mind. He grew up playing hockey, football, baseball, skateboarding, snowboarding, wakeboarding, and loved the water and boating with his family.
Daniel is survived by his father, David; mother, Pauline; brother Michael; Grandfather George Fredin; Aunt Elaine Olson (Steve); Aunt Trina Durstock, (Jay); Aunt Bonnie Peltola (Wally); Uncle Steve Forrest (Mary); Aunt Jean Holm (Peter); cousins, Chad Peltola (Kim), Jorgen Peltola, Matt Olson, Steve Olson II (Lisa), Bill Durstock, Mary Durstock, Ann Forrest, Steve Forrest Jr. (Michelle), Kelly Forrest, Mathew Holm, Julie Ballard (Marty), and Ryan Ballard.
He is predeceased by his infant sister Melissa, Grandfather Robert Forrest, Grandmother Helen Davis, Grandmother Mary Fredin (Frisella), Grandmother Shirley Fredin.
Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2017 in Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd., Fred C. Olson Chapel 1001 Second Ave. Rockford. Burial in Willwood Burial Park in Rockford, IL. Visitation will be on Friday, May 5, 2017 in Fred C. Olson Chapel from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, send memorials to the family.

Condolences & Shared Memories (25)

  1. Spencer Schubert

    I was saddened to hear about Dan's passing. He was such an important friend to me in my childhood. For so many of my earliest and most treasured memories growing up, he was there by my side. Even though we grew apart in middle school and high school, I always felt that we had a certain understanding. He was the kind of guy who, even after years, I think I could have called on if I was in need. I regret being unable to attend the visitation due to being away for work outside the country, but I hope my message will find his family. I'll never forget Dan or the mark his friendship has left on my life.

  2. Joan L. Zarate

    I am so very sorry for your loss, may GOD BLESS on your time of sorrow!

  3. Elaine (Murph)Murphy

    Paula and Family: Just wanted to express my sympathy in the loss of your son.I remember meeting both boys yrs ago.Take care now.Ole Lpn @OSF (worked with ya.

  4. Classmate

    To the family and friends of Dan: if your grief was measured by Dans worth it'd have no end. You're in my and many other students thoughts. All of us were deeply saddened by this tragedy.

  5. Cottrill

    Paula, so sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Love,Dianne and Paul.

  6. Tom and Sharon(Davis) Harradine

    Our sincere and heartfelt condolences. May God give you all comfort in your time of sorrow.

  7. Ronda White

    Oh, Paula, I am so sorry! I just can't imagine the pain...

  8. Maria Graceffa-Schiro

    Sending my deepest condolences and prayers. ❤️

  9. Jean Geller

    Dear Trina and family, Steve and I wish you and your beautiful family our deepest condolences. I can imagine that losing such a dear person who brought you such a lifetime of joy and struggle leaves you all with profound sadness. I hope you can find comfort in knowing that, at least, his struggle has been lifted and that you'll know that he is now at peace. Your loving and supportive family and friends are here for you to let you know that we want to help in any possible way. Nothing can replace your son, nephew and friend but maybe you can try to dwell on the good memories of some of the times you had together, when he was well. Much love, Jean

  10. Tiffani R Weatherly

    I offer my condolences to your family. May the Lord bless you with peace.

  11. Becky Armbruster

    Paula my heart hurts so bad for you!!! I cannot imagine your pain right now!! Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers!! You have been through the unimaginable!!! Love you!

  12. Donnie Busby

    I'm so sorry for your loss. God bless you and Daniel. I haven't seen him since he was a little boy, but I'm sure he was a fine young man.

  13. Karen Olsen

    Dear Paula and family, my heart is so heavy with saddness. Peace and memories to you and your family. Prayers to you.

  14. Norm

    Paula, your whole work family loves you, grieving with you and for you. Prayers going up for you and all of yours at this unbearable hard time.

  15. Terri & Bill Powers

    Paula and David: As time passes, may you find comfort in family, friends and happy memories. Our sympathies go out to you and your family during this devastating loss.

  16. Colleen James

    Paula my deepest sympathy to you and Michael. I remember Lindsey coming over and playing with Michael and his little brother Daniel when they were small. Your angel is in heaven watching over his family now. Hugs to you

  17. Chris Johnson

    The one and only time I had the pleasure of meeting Daniel was on a trip to Utah to see his mother graduate from Western Governor University. We had a blast. The first day we arrived we lost our car in the parking garage. With all of our cell phones losing their charges and the tensions running high it was Daniel that saved the day. He asked a stranger who spent an hour driving him through the garage to locate our car as if it were a Seinfeld episode. When times get difficult to understand it's these memories of Daniel that we need to hold onto and to remember how special he was to each and everyone of us. Daniel, thanks for the memories and the laughter and to know you will be missed but never forgotten.

  18. Pam and Tom Brooks

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers are with you.

  19. Sam and Linda Frisella

    We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

  20. Patricia Johnson

    love you Paula and family

  21. CHI MYERS

    Thoughts and prayers to all

  22. Anita Feltes

    My sincere sympathy to Paula and the rest of Dans family. May he Rest In Peace.

  23. Terri Schubert

    We loved your son Paula and Dave, he was the first friend our Spencer made upon moving to Rockford, and they were two of a kind. They became inseparable at the babysitter Diana's and cemented that friendship through scouting, school and being neighborhood buddies.He remained a true and genuine friend. We have so many awesome photos and memories of Daniel and Spencer and our hearts are aching for you. May you find comfort in these shared memories of your beautiful son by so many. The thing we all love about Rockton is the feeling of family, we lost one of our own this week. God's peace and comfort to you all, The Schubert family

  24. Wayne and Mary Williamson

    Dear Paula, Dave and Michael, There are no words to tell you how very sorry we are for the passing of Dan. Our hearts are hurting for your pain. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Wayne, Mary, Danielle & Jacob Williamson

  25. Angie Jordan

    Paula, I'm so sorry for the loss of Daniel. He was a wonderful and funny young man. So many fond memories of you all living by us. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.


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