"There is no greater love than a man that would lay his life down for his friends."
There is no doubt that anyone that knows, or has ever met Shannon Dailey, knows that there would be no hesitation in Shannon to lay his life down for someone, loved one or stranger. There was never a moment in Shannon's life that he would not give you 150% of anything he had, if it meant that you would enjoy it half as much as he did.
Shannon's willingness to lay his life down for loved ones would also be evident by his willingness to serve in the United States Marine Corps. Shannon served through a tour of Afghanistan, and was honorably discharged after obtaining the rank of Corporal. The stories Shannon would tell of the men and women he served with would always be preceded by "I'm not a hero but I have served with many", and then he would describe some tale of laughter, bravery, and all around shenanigans- with extreme and mostly dramatic, over-the-top, gestures that you could not help but become engrossed in. His humility and love for the Marine Corps was only matched by his rough and boisterous nature that you could not help but be attracted to.
One word that definitely describes Shannon is surprising. Being in the Marine Corps was something he loved, and something that made him the man that he was. However, there was one thing that made him whole. Becoming a daddy. Kassidy was born to Melissa LaClair and Shannon in 2010, and everyone found out that the Hard as Nails Marine had a heart bigger than anyone could know. Shannon has been quoted many times as saying that Kassidy saved his life, that she was at times his sole reason for living. Shannon and Melissa would sacrifice greatly to make sure that Kassidy would know that she was loved, and would be raised better than either of them could ever have. Nothing would exemplify Shannon's love, this admirable attribute, more than the love he had for his daughter, Kassidy.
Shannon's love for Kassidy is the reason for this gofundme. Shannon, loves his daughter, loves his niece and nephew, loves just about everyone he has ever met, but on Saturday August 12th Shannon was killed in a motorcycle wreck. This motorcycle was a new adventure for Shannon, one that he prepared for by taking safety classes, wearing the proper gear, and was ready for many great adventures.
The Marines speak of Valhalla when fellow Marines pass. When Shannon went to Valhalla, he left a void in many people's hearts, one that will never be replaced. However, he also left a need, a need for everyone to remember the great times they had with him, and the great man that he was. He also left an opportunity, and opportunity for so many people to show Kassidy how much love she has with Shannon gone.
This gofundme is set up in Shannon's memory to help pay for funeral expenses, however more importantly it is set up for the wellbeing of Kassidy Ann Dailey. The goal of $10,000 is just a tangible number for an endless love. Funeral expenses are around $7,500 and 100% of every dollar over that expense will be used for the wellbeing of Kassidy. If for some reason the goal is not met, at least 25% of the amount raised will be kept strictly for her wellbeing.
The gofundme is set up by Chris Hendrix, Brother-in-Law of Jason Dailey, and he will be accountable for providing the family with the donations. As a tribute to the family, who will receive reports of the donations, it would be an honor to have monetary donations that represent the number of years you have known Shannon. Examples are a quarter for every year, or maybe even 1, 5 or 10 dollars per year. When the donation is made please provide the number of years you have known Shannon and maybe a favorite memory or photo. Anonymous donations are welcome too, but a favorite memory would still be enjoyed.
Thank you for taking the time to read this entire tribute, and the family would like to extend their deepest thanks for helping Kassidy in this long and difficult time that she has ahead of her.
In closing are three pictures, which define the spirit of Shannon:
His love for laughter.
His love of life
The love of his life.
- Cindi Davidson Brashear
- Margaret Ketchel