Da Chen

Da Chen

Tuesday, October 23rd, 1962 - Tuesday, December 17th, 2019
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Da Chen was born in China October 23, 1962, he entered into eternal rest December 17, 2019 in Wildomar, California. He is survived by his Wife, Son, Daughter, extended family and friends.

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  • Interment

    Eternal Hills Memorial Park
    1999 El Camino Real
    OCEANSIDE, CA 92054
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    Graveside Service Monday, December 23, 2019 at 12:00 PM Please look for the color assigned to “CHEN” and follow that specific color-coded arrows to the Hillside Mausoleum, located on the west side of the cemetery grounds.

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Bonnie Cook, 1st cohert, Fairfield MFA

Posted at 08:22pm
Dear Chen family and beloveds of Da,

I was saddened, and frankly shocked, to learn recently of Da's passing. Da was so full of life and beautiful energy when he was at Enders' Island. His gentle presence, his radiant smile, his deep wisdom, and generous soul made him an extraordinary presence and exceptional teacher in the MFA program. He graced us with his transcendent flute and elegantly signed our books with his calligraphy. Many teachers have come and gone in my life, but I will never forget DA Chen, gone way too early. What an example of how to be an exemplary human being! Having suffered abuse which would have crippled or destroyed most people, Da, instead rose above it to grow and bloom in the best possible way-- by being an example of the best that humans are capable of being, and by giving back to others. I hope it brings his family some comfort to know that others loved him too, and feel his loss. In his honor, I'm re-reading Colors of the Mountain, and so is my book club. May you find healing.

Y Ping Sun

Posted at 02:05pm
Dear Sunny, Victoria and Michael,
We were so saddened by the news of Da’s passing. He was such a talented, kind and fun person. Da was a good student, an accomplished author, a loving husband, a devoted father, a dear friend and a mentor to many. He will truly be missed by us all.
David joins me in sending you all our deepest sympathy and condolences!
With sadness and love,

Alex Glass

Posted at 08:47pm
Dear Sunny and Chen family--

I am so so sorry to hear of Da's passing. He was an incredible spirit and one of the most talented and gracious people I have ever come across. His abilities as a writer were extraordinary, and his kindness and ability to connect with people were well known around the literary and publishing worlds and beyond. Everyone loved him. He lived in a constant state of gratitude and I am very lucky to have known him and worked with him for as long as I did. I posted two pictures, one of us at the Poets & Writers Gala in 2008 and another of Da with elementary school children in Washington DC. Please accept my deepest condolences and know that I will be thinking of you and of Da for a long time to come. He will live on in his many books and the readers who were moved by his words and the people he met who were the recipients of his boundless generosity.

Alex Glass

Carolyn Julia Brown

Posted at 04:39pm
I’m wiping tears as I write this. A light has truly gone out in the world, along with the magical sound of Da’s flute. I’m so glad I recorded his flute playing while I was at Enders Island for the Fairfield MFA program, and that I have his books on my shelves. Da Chen was a legendary teacher who seemed to connect with everyone and to touch each student’s life in some personal way. He will be remembered with affection and gratitude by many.

Antonia Beeble

Posted at 01:59pm
Dear Chen Family: We were greatly saddened to hear of your loss. We will remember Da fondly. You are all in our hearts and prayers.

Toni, Tom, christopher and Shana Beeble

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