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Dwight Van Tassell (USA)

Dwight Van Tassell (USA)

Dwight Tassell Obituary

On January 11, 2024, our beloved Dwight Huong Van Tassell left this life. His kindness, humor, and gentle temperament touched anyone who knew him. He was truly a peacemaker and was always a source of persistent positivity.

Dwight was born in Vietnam under difficult circumstances. He became a Van Tassell after his adoption in November of 1973. Without his birth record, the family decided on a day in March to celebrate his birthday.

Dwight was a hard worker – always the one found folding laundry and helping with dishes in his family of ten. He took dance lessons alongside his sisters and father which culminated in recitals in dance and piano. He was often teammates with his brother and closest confidant, Darin, in baseball, basketball and soccer.

Growing up, Dwight played every sport that he could. Despite missing his right hand, he quickly learned to adapt to any game. He was well-known for catching a ball, quickly slipping off his glove, and throwing the ball so fast you barely noticed. He played on Statesboro High School’s first soccer team and graduated in 1986. He went on to study recreation and graduated from Georgia Southern University.

Dwight is a two-time U.S. Olympian, competing in the Paralympics in Atlanta (1996) and Sydney (2000) as part of the standing volleyball team, where he twice played in the Bronze Medal game.

Although he was a remarkable athlete, brother, and friend, Dwight’s greatest triumph is his love story with his wife Shanna and the family they created together. Their engagement and marriage marked the beginning of a beautiful family, with daughters Mia and Sarah. The happiest days of his life were the days his girls were born. Being their father was his greatest blessing and joy in life. Family meant the world to Dwight, who shared his love for sports, particularly the Atlanta Braves and Georgia Southern, with his daughters. Dwight spent hours umpiring, coaching, and cheering from the sidelines as he watched his girls compete in swim team and gymnastics.

Despite battling the devastating effects of Type 1 Diabetes, kidney failure, and heart disease, he continued to be a source of love, light, and laughter for his family.

He was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had a deep and abiding testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that Families Are Forever.

Dwight is survived by his devoted wife of 23 years, Shanna, and his cherished daughters, Mia and Sarah. His…

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