Saturday, August 22, 2009
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT
Pat Chambers Residence
1477 Scenic Dr.
North Muskegon, MI 49445
At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.
Muskegon Art Museum
Life Story / Obituary
Daniel Chambers was a true Renaissance man - multi-talented, focused and willing to take risks. He learned about hard work as a young man and grew to channel his energy in creative and productive ways. His professional demeanor earned him the confidence and respect of others. Yet, Dan was also known for being kind, gentle and a dependable man people were proud to know.
The 1950s were a bustling, optimistic time in American history. Neighborhoods and schools were bursting at the seams in the post-war Baby Boom. Families moved from the cities to stake their claims to a comfortable life in the suburbs, where new domestic technologies promised to make the average American life easier. Daniel Robert Chambers was born during this period of robust exuberance to Alfred “Gunn” and Eveylyn (Williamson) Chambers of Standish, Michigan on September 5, 1951. The middle of three boys, Edward, Daniel and their younger brother, Patrick, undoubtedly kept their mother busy and on her toes while growing up. Although raised in the bustling suburbs of Dearborn, Dan spent most of his summers on the beautiful and historic Mackinac Island, where he created many unforgettable childhood memories.
Dan knew by the time he graduated from high school that he wanted to pursue a career in design and arts. Upon graduating, he moved out west to attend California College of Arts and Crafts, but later returned to Michigan to attend Wayne State University, where he earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree. Then, in 1981, Dan went to work for The Scott Group in Grand Rapids as an Art & Design Director. As such, he was responsible for administration of all design and quality control functions for this manufacturer’s custom textile products, both residential and contract. Dan was also in charge of designing and developing new product lines, from which his client list grew to include R.J. Reynolds, Amway, TRW, the Marriott, Ameritech and the Secretary of State, George Schultz. Moreover, many of Dan’s designs were exhibited throughout the area, including at the Detroit Artists’ Market and the Cranbrook Institute of Science, and as far away as California at the Three Dimensions Gallery in Berkeley.
With 10 years of experience under his belt, Dan ventured out on his own, starting his own design business called Chambers and Company in 1991. His firm produced residential and corporate interior designs for numerous clients in West Michigan, Florida and on Mackinac Island. By having his own company, Dan could also incorporate his personal philosophy, which was to work closely with each client to create an interior that fits the client’s style, needs and budget within a reasonable timeframe.
Although Dan’s business kept him quite busy, he valued his community and was always actively involved in it. His talent for design carried over to his community activities as he chaired the Art in the Park for Summer Celebration for several years. Dan also served as Chairman of the City of Muskegon’s Historic District Commission, during which time he was instrumental in saving the last five historic buildings in downtown Muskegon, which have since become the cornerstone of the new City Centre. When he could squeeze in some leisure time, Dan loved to get dirty with some gardening or cooking, and he enjoyed traveling. He was also a huge book lover, especially when it came to Native American art and culture and all things in nature. Dan had a soft heart for his horse, Kokomo, and they were quite a show when competing in riding and dressage contests. But above all, Dan simply loved to relax at home, surrounded by the love and smiles of his family and friends. This kind, gentle, intelligent man will be sorely missed by his family and dear friends.
Daniel Robert Chambers died at home surrounded by his family on Monday, August 3, 2009. His was a valiant 6-year fight against early onset of Lewy Bodies Dementia. He was 57 years old. Burial took place in his beloved Grand Marais, Michigan on Thursday, August 6, 2009. Dan leaves Terry MacAllister, his life partner of 28 years, brothers, Patrick and wife Audrey of North Muskegon, Edward and wife Nona of Mackinac Island, and Bart, his constant canine companion. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred "Gunn" and Evelyn Chambers. Dan's partner and brothers thank the team from Hackley VNS and Hospice for dire support. Bob, Pam and Lisa were always there for Dan during his 2 year sojourn at home in the hospital bed.
A celebration of Dan's life will commence at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 22, 2009, at his brother Patrick's home -1477 Scenic Drive (at the end of Giles Road - follow the signs) with a time of sharing planned at 3:30 p.m. While Dan loved flowers, he's not here to see them. He asked that donations be made in his name to the Muskegon Museum of Art.