Central to Daniel's fifteen years of life on this earth was his family.
Daniel's Mother, Linda
Linda especially worked hard to develop Daniel's self confidence, his values, and his work ethic. It was Linda who helped Daniel with his school work and musical lessons. Daniel's personality was much more like Linda's than his dad's, so the loss of Daniel was especially hard on her.
Linda is someone who considers herself a feminist, but she made the choice to not work outside of the home. It was a choice and sacrifice made by Daniel's parents to allow for more nurturing of their children. It was a choice that Linda often questioned, since whe saw many friends getting rewards from their jobs and workplaces. Yet her choice is one that she and Tom learned to appreciate, given that it allowed them to spend more quality time with Daniel.
Linda was born in Illinois but has spent nearly all her life in Colorado. She was raised on a farm outside Longmont, Colorado, 30 miles north of Denver. She is a graduate of Longmont High School and the University of Colorado. She has worked as a legal secretary and paralegal. Linda is the adopted daughter of Joe and Virginia Conner (both now deceased)--the source of Daniel's middle name.
Tom works as a planning and grants manager at the Colorado Department of Transportation, promoting alternative transportation modes such as public transit, bicycles, and passenger rail. Tom was born and raised in the Finleyville area, 15 miles south of Pittsburgh, PA. Tom is a graduate of Ringgold High School and the University of Pittsburgh. He moved to Colorado in 1976. Tom is the son of a coal miner, Edward Mauser, and his wife Helen (both deceased).
Honored in President Clinton's State of the Union Address
Mausers Recognized by Archdiocese
At a ceremony in 2002, the entire Mauser family was honored as "Peacekeepers" by the Social Concerns office of the Catholic Archdiocese of Denver. The Mausers were honored for turning away from violence and anger, despite what happened to their son, and turning their grief into something positive for the community. The
family was noted for its volunteer work (with an AIDS patient), for helping raise money for a disabled girl and mission in Guatemala, and for their adoption of a baby from China. And Daniel and Christine were honored as helpers at Swedish Hospital.
Oh boy! Madeline makes a great first impression--pulling on the Archbishop's cross!