Daniel Joseph Lawless
January 5, 1959 – July 5, 2019
Daniel Joseph Lawless, 60, passed away peacefully at his home in Spokane, Washington on July 5, 2019 after a hard-fought battle with cancer.
Dan was born January 5th 1959, in Denver, Colorado, to Robert and Dolores Lawless. He attended Wheat Ridge High School after which he joined the Navy where he was trained as an aircraft electronics technician. Being a native Coloradoan and an excellent skier, he joined the Navy’s ski team. He was very proud to have served his country with the VAQ136 Squadron supporting the EA-6B Growler and completed tours on both the USS Midway and USS Saratoga Aircraft Carriers. He was grateful for the opportunity that the Navy gave him to travel the world.
Having always had a knack for electronics and fixing things, Dan continued his education after the military at both Fort Lewis College and Colorado State University studying Computer Science.
NASCAR was one of Dan’s many interests and was by far his favorite sport. At the age of 16 he purchased and passionately rebuilt a Shelby Mustang that brought him years of enjoyment. The restored mustang won numerous awards to the point where Dan ran out of trophy display room.
Dan valued the friendships he made and continually sought to connect with new people. He loved his dogs and caring for his home, but what brought him the most joy is the time he spent loving and supporting his family. He was the best, most loyal husband, father, brother, uncle, friend and co-worker his family could have asked for. Although he has gone to heaven, his memory will not be forgotten as he lives on through his son, nieces and nephews and in all our hearts.
He is survived by his wife, Cindy Lawless; son and his spouse, Garrett and June Lawless; mother, Dolores Lawless; brothers and their spouses, David and Denise Lawless, Richard and Elizabeth Lawless; in-laws, Ted and Mellony Ellingson, Bev and Al Denny, Mark and Peggy Kaufman, and Ammie Ellingson; nephews, Mitch Lawless, Zachary Lawless, John Kaufman, Jason Kaufman, Ben Ellingson, Kyle Ellingson, and Paul Denny; nieces, Nicole Pring, Victoria Lawless, Sarah Kaufman and Megan Denny.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Lawless and older brother, Mark.
Please send donations to:
Hospice of Spokane P.O. Box 2215 Spokane, WA 99210-2215
Liver cancer research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Direct link to donation page is here: https://secure.fredhutch.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=adf_meetmitch&experience=meetmitch&s_src=mariners19&s_subsrc=aegio2007m&utm_source=nonhmpg&utm_medium=top_utility&utm_campaign=meetmitch
- Visitation Saturday, July 13, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, July 13, 2019
Daniel Joseph Lawless
July 13, 2019
My uncle Dan was one of the first people to call me -michiro. He knew baseball was one of my favorite sports and my favorite player was Ichiro Suzuki. That name has stuck with me for over 20 years. Thank you for all the memories Uncle Dan and also having all the popsicle selections in Spokane. We love you and miss you more than you know
July 9, 2019
Our prayers go out to all the Lawless family, Dave I am so thankful my job brought me to the Spokane area over the last several years allowing me to see you and Dan. I am so thankful for the cherished memories I may not have gotten otherwise. May God bless you and your family in this difficult time, see you soon.
July 9, 2019
Dan was a close childhood friend, whom I will surely miss. Condolences to your family. Thank you Dave for spending time with my wife and myself prior to Dan's passing.