Nolan, Noah, Jacob, Samantha and Nathan Dao

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"In Loving Memory"

Nolan, Noah, Jacob, Samantha, and Nathan Dao, all perished in a tragic house fire on April 24, 2011 in Vancouver, WA.

All of these children will be missed and leave this world
with memories of their gifts and talents
yet to be discovered to the fullest.

Nolan (12) had a gift for detail orientation and was able to assemble the most difficult of projects without the boorish instructions. He took pride in that ability and we all relied on him when the time came to assemble anything requiring patience and tenacity.

The twins, Noah and Jacob (9) born moments apart, were truly their own separate persons. Noah, the peacemaker and pleaser would always watch out for his brother Jacob. Jacob was looked at as the sensitive one in the family and was loyal to his brothers and sisters. The twins both excelled at soccer and practiced taekwondo.

Samantha (8) even at her young age, aspired to be a teacher and loved beautiful jewelry with her matching dresses. Familiar words from Samantha after she received compliments for her beauty was a simple and petite, "Thank you". Samantha was well read and her penmanship could not be matched by anyone in the family; she took her time to do it right the first time.

Nathan (6) as the baby of the lot, he could not be found guilty of any wrongdoing; he could do no harm and as with most in his category, he knew it and took complete advantage of it. The entire lot took special care in looking after Nathan, but his special place was with his mother, snuggling for warmth and security.

Special thanks to: US Bank for their untiring support of Lori through these times, Washington Department of Veterans Affairs, Partners in Careers (PIC), Share House Vancouver, and so many of our friends who have expressed condolences. Your kind words and connection to us is so therapeutic and a part of the healing process.

We are deeply affected by our caring community
and wish only to express our gratitude for all you have done.

They are survived by their mother, Lori M. Dao and sister, Alena A. Dao of Vancouver; grandmothers, Ki Wha Willbur of Vancouver and Sang Min Lee of Walnut Creek, CA; grandfather, Mike Willbur of Vancouver; uncle, Brian L. Willbur and his wife, Phuong Willbur of Oakland, CA; aunt, Kristine Willbur of Fort Drum, NY; and cousins, Nicole and Chloe Willbur.

The memorial service for these precious angels will be at Summit View Church, 7701 NE 182 Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98682 at 2:00 p.m. this Friday, May 6, 2011. (It is the wish of the family that there be no cameras or cell phones at the service.)
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Published in The Columbian on May 5, 2011
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