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Obituary Jonathan P. Daily

By Staff | Mar 9, 2012

Jonathan Paul Daily, 24, of Martinsburg, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2012, at City Hospital in Martinsburg.

Born April 25, 1987, in Alexandria, Va., he was the son of Larry Zane Daily, of Shepherdstown and Diane Marie Taylor, of Baltimore, Md.

Jonathan was employed as a researcher at the U.S. Geological Survey in Leetown.

Jonathan graduated at the top of his class from Jefferson High School in 2005. He went on to study mathematics and biology at George Mason University, where he also was a member of the University Honors program. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2009.

From a very young age, Jonathan had a passion for martial arts and he began studying tae kwon do when he was 8-years-old. Physical health was important to Jonathan and in recent years he attained the position of black belt instructor for the International Kenpo Karate Organization, a position that allowed him to share his love for the discipline with others. In addition to martial arts, Jonathan worked out frequently and tested his strength and endurance in iron man competitions. He was an avid cook who delighted in preparing healthy meals for himself and his family and friends. Jonathan enjoyed the outdoors in his personal life and sought to protect it in his professional life. He loved fishing on the Chesapeake Bay and he often held his martial arts classes in local parks. At 24, Jonathan already had an article published in Ecology, a top journal in his field. He also had a long-standing love for technology and games, especially role-playing video games and the card game “Magic the Gathering.” He shared that love with his brother and his closest friends, spending hours discussing strategy for upcoming games or playing in front of a computer. Always looking for a new challenge, Jonathan had recently purchased an electric violin and was very much looking forward to learning to play it. He also was looking at graduate programs that would allow him to explore his interest in the intersection of applied mathematics and biology.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his stepmother, Ingrid Plant Daily, of Ranson; stepfather, David Taylor, of Baltimore, Md.; brother, Benjamin Patrick Daily, of Shepherdstown; paternal grandfather, Larry Daily and wife, Judy, of Moorefield; paternal grandmother, Ruth Daily, of Manassas, Va.; and maternal grandparents, Constance and Joseph Proulx, of West Warwick, R.I.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, 2012, at Eackles- Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, U.S. 340 at Halltown Road, Charles Town/Harpers Ferry, with the Rev. Dr. Fred Soltow officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to causes important to Jonathan; further information will be provided at the service. Condolences to the family may be expressed at his obituary online at www.eackles-spencerfuneralhome.com.