Daniel Stephen Wright
May 20, 1989 – May 26, 2019
Daniel Stephen Wright, 30, went to be with his Lord and Savior in the arms of his loving wife and surrounded by his family, on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO, after a long heroic battle with Leukemia (ALL).
Born in Port Angeles, WA on May 20, 1989, he was the son of Denise Wright Haughney from Tamuning, Guam, and Danny Stephen Wright from Cookeville, TN, and the stepson of James William Haughney from Virginia Beach, VA.
He married the love of his life and best friend, Rebecca Meyer, from Des Moines, IA in 2012 after meeting her on Season 8 of the Biggest Loser TV show, when he was brought back as a second season contestant. He and Rebecca made their home in Des Moines and were active members in their Community Group at Walnut Creek Church – Altoona.
After graduating from Wake Christian Academy, in Raleigh, NC, Daniel studied at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and he was working toward completing his degree at Des Moines Area Community college when he was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2017.
Daniel and Rebecca started a Fitness Training business together, Fitness Wright Now, passing on their experience to help others. Daniel had recently returned to his career as an Insurance Services Analyst in the Personal Lines Service Center at Nationwide Insurance before his Leukemia relapsed in December 2018.
Daniel had a love for God and others and had the ability to connect and relate to everyone he met. He inspired many during his short time on this earth with his big heart, positive attitude, sense of humor, and kindness, even during the most difficult days. He had a God-given talent for speaking in front of any audience with conviction and wisdom beyond his years. His voice, which impacted so many of us, although gone from this world, is now boldly proclaiming God’s glory in Heaven.
Daniel is survived by his wife, Rebecca Meyer Wright; mother, Denise Haughney; and stepfather, Jim Haughney, of Willow Spring; father, Danny Wright of Atlanta; sister, Deanna Thomas and her husband, Reece Thomas of Fuquay-Varina; stepsister, Susan Scimeca and her husband, Jason Scimeca of Raleigh; stepbrother, Will Haughney and his wife, Dana Haughney of New York; a grandmother, Shirley Godwin Jones of Willow Spring; mother and father-in law, Tom and Shirley Meyer of Des Moines; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Nikki and Dave Holveck of Ankeny; and many close aunts, uncles, and cousins in North Carolina, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Colorado, Tennessee, Maryland, Illinois, and Guam.
A verse that Daniel clung to throughout his cancer journey was Romans 5:3-5, "Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
Visitation will be held at Dunn Funeral Home in Des Moines on Friday, May 31 from 6–9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at Walnut Creek Downtown in Des Moines at 323 E. Locust St., on Saturday, June 1 at 10:30 a.m.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.IlesCares.com and will be displayed at the visitation.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Daniel’s honor to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, https://donate.lls.org.