Larry Daniel Eugene “Daniel” Kaufman

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Larry Daniel Eugene “Daniel” Kaufman

Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 2 Dec 2015 (aged 42)
San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, California, USA
Burial Monrovia, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 155981367 View Source
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Daniel Kaufman, age 42, a job trainer at the Inland Regional Center, San Bernardino, California, was among the fourteen people brutally executed by a Pakistani terrorist and her American husband, during a Christmas party at his workplace.

Kaufman is hailed as a hero, having shouted warning to several people, thereby preventing them from being harmed by the shooters.

A memorial service was held Saturday, December 5, 2015, at the Santa Fe Recreational Dam area, California, where Kaufman frequented the Renaissance Faire.

Kaufman is survived by his partner,
Ryan Reyes; adoptive parents (uncle and aunt), Mark and Julie Sandefur; adoptive brother (cousin), Timothy Sandefur; and many friends.


Last Friday, in The Sun newsroom, we received a poignant email message from the father of one of the 14 people who died in the San Bernardino terrorist attack.

His son was Daniel Kaufman, the friendly, compassionate man who could talk to "anybody and everybody."

Daniel, named after his mother's favorite Elton John song, and adopted at age 9 by his aunt and uncle, was larger than life and a friend to the world.

At 1 p.m. Dec. 10, he was laid to rest in a private ceremony at the Turner & Stevens Live Oak Cemetery in Monrovia, the first of the shooting victims to be buried.

"We have been hiding from the press for our privacy," Daniel's father, Mark Sandefur, said.

"We knew the funeral was the first for the shooting victims, and we wanted, and had, a private ceremony with only his closest friends and family in attendance. It was a very comforting thing," he added.

"I remembered the first funeral of the Boston bombing victims was a circus because of the media," he told me.

Daniel, 42, was born "Larry Daniel Eugene Kaufman" in 1973 in Los Angeles.

"Nobody EVER called him Larry," said his brother, Timothy Sandefur, the son of Daniel's aunt and uncle, his cousin by birth.

"He taught me how to tie my shoelaces. He taught me how to shave," Timothy said in his Freespace blog.

Daniel had a rough early childhood.

He was a 2-pound, premature baby born to a homeless alcoholic, surviving against all odds in the worst possible conditions.

When Daniel was removed from her custody and placed with his aunt and uncle - Julie and Mark Sandefur, who adopted him - his life was saved and he thrived in a stable, warm and loving environment, a kid's paradise.

"We were caretakers of the 11-acre Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles," Mark said. "So Daniel became a history buff - he was immersed in history."

His father said Daniel fell in with many, many people who shared their lives and loves with him.

In 2001, Daniel joined the fine people who bring us the Renaissance Faire each year - he had acquired a unique perspective of the past and fit into this group perfectly, according to Mark.

He was loved by all who knew him.

Even the interactive computer game Daniel played went dark worldwide in tribute.

Daniel was known for being open and jovial and elevating people's spirits.

"Our home is one filled with love and laughter, and he blended in from the beginning. Still, he remained a strong, independent personality as well," Mark said.

According to Daniel's brother, Timothy, Daniel had a soft spot in his heart for sick plants or animals. He was always rescuing some injured cat or bird - and even let an injured duck he brought home live in the family pool.

It was Daniel's compassion that led him to his connection with the Inland Regional Center, where he would take a small number of special needs people and teach them how to work at a coffee bar.

They run a small coffee house in the center that is used as a learn-by-doing classroom, Mark said.

Daniel, who was a coffee gourmet, worked with his students until they could graduate and be placed in a neighborhood coffee house and learn to be productive members of society.

A graduate of Eisenhower High School, Daniel had an interest in horticulture. He started a home garden that he tended until his death. He especially liked strange-looking plants that looked like they belonged in a Dr. Seuss book.

In lieu of fresh flowers, those who would like, please send live plants, suitable for the San Bernardino climate.

These will be added to the garden that Daniel so lovingly tended. They should be sent to:

Daniel Kaufman
c/o Pathways
287 W. Orange Show Rd.
San Bernardino, CA 92408

Mark said, "I think all who knew him are humbled by his fleeting presence on Earth."

Source: Los Angeles Daily News, Los Angeles, California, Tuesday, December 15, 2015Larry Daniel Kaufman, a 42-year-old resident of Rialto, was identified Thursday as one of the victims killed in Wednesday’s mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

Kaufman, who went by the name “Daniel,” ran the coffee shop at the Inland Regional Center, according to social media posts and news reports.

Friends of Kaufman peppered Facebook with their condolences following news of his death.

“The world is so much darker now that he’s gone,” said friend Caitlin Hansen in a Facebook post.

Kaufman was passionate about the Renaissance Faire — he worked there for years — as were many of his friends, according to his Facebook page.

His partner Ryan Reyes told CNN he was vibrant and full of life, and could have a 30-minute conversation with a clerk at a grocery store about his cat.

Hansen said in her Facebook post that Daniel was a valued member of the Guild of St. Cuthbert and was an “amazing person” who “touched everyone with so much joy and life.”

“We all love you so much and will miss you until the end of time,” Hansen said in her post.

Friend Robert Lee Smith, of Redlands, posted on his Facebook page: “You always reminded us that life is to be cherished- loved- appreciated.”

The Guild of St. Cuthbert announced on its Facebook page Thursday that it will be holding a memorial for Kaufman at 3 p.m. Dec. 27 at Farm Sweet Farm in Riverside.