Daniel “Dan” T. Nauert, 43, of Sugar Grove, passed away around the morning hours of Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at Elmhurst Hospital in Elmhurst, Ill.
He was born April 9, 1968, in Aurora, the son of Paul and Judy (West) Nauert.
Dan grew up in Oswego, Ill., with his father, mother and older brother Dave Nauert. He attended Oswego High School, where he became very involved as a student athlete. He represented the Panthers in both football and basketball, and was an all-state baseball player, as well. Throughout his experience at OHS, Dan also managed to win over the heart of his high school sweetheart, Dawn Coddington. The two were united in marriage on Aug. 3, 1991.
Dan began his college journey at Eastern Illinois University, but after a year discovered his true home belonged at Monmouth College. His skill in baseball allowed him to represent the Fighting Scots for three years, as well. Outside of his success and involvement in baseball, Dan spent his time at Monmouth with all of his fraternity brothers at the TKE house. He graduated in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in business.
His career path led him to many different places but ultimately brought him to JVM Realty. Throughout the years, his hard work and dedication granted him the position of Chief Operating Officer at JVM. Dan lived for what he did and saw his coworkers as a second family.
Outside of work, Dan’s pride and joy in life was his three children. His oldest, Megan, is a freshman at the University of Iowa. Although he referred to her as the biggest pain and high maintenance, he was more than proud of her success and independence. Through coaching her growing up and keeping her out of trouble, as she got older, Dan was a major influence on who she has become today. His middle child and only son, Dylan, shared an extremely close bond with Dan—one that only a father and son could have. He lived for all of Dylan’s sporting events, video games, fishing and anything else that would allow the two to get away from the chaos of all the girls. Dan was Dylan’s No.1 fan at every event and never failed to give his input and advice.
Last but definitely not least, Dan lived through the humor and craziness of his youngest child, Hannah, otherwise known as “Da Big G.” Being the youngest, Hannah spent a lot of her time with Dan, causing her to insist that she was his favorite. He looked forward to watching her excel in both volleyball and basketball and could not wait to get home from work to here her long stories and jokes. All of his involvement and love in his children’s lives would not have been possible without the love and support of his wife Dawn. The two spent many years together making memories that will last a lifetime. The strong, confident woman Dawn has become today is because of Dan’s push and encouragement.
Dan is survived by his wife, Dawn; his three children, Megan, Dylan and Hannah; his mother, Judy; his mother and father-in-law, Grace and Larry Coddington; his brother, Dave; and his father, Paul. His extended family, friends and many of the families within the Kaneland Community will also forever remember Dan.
Like a song by one of his favorite artists, Tracy Chapman, Dan will always, “If you think of me, if you miss me once in a while, Then I’ll return to you’ll return and fill that space in your heart.”
A funeral mass was celebrated on Saturday at Holy Angels Church. Fr. Bob Jones officiated. Interment took place at Blackberry Township Cemetery in Elburn. Visitation was held on Friday at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive in Sugar Grove. A prayer service was conducted Friday evening.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the American Heart Association.
For further information, call (630) 466-1330 or visit our website at www.healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.
The Kaneland High School Athletic Department has started a benefit fund for the Nauerts. Donations can be made directly to Old Second Bank or dropped off with Linda Kelley at the high school athletic office.