Daniel Robert Malhiot, 42, of River Forest, died suddenly on Jan. 15, 2022. Born in Oak Park on March 31, 1979, he lived there for most of his life.
A lifelong fan of baseball and especially the Chicago Cubs, he enjoyed playing in the local Oak Park league as a kid and eventually became a coach for several years.
In his late teens, he developed a passion for weightlifting. For 25 years, he studied and practiced it, even when fighting physical limitations due to multiple sclerosis in recent years. He felt at home in the gym and easily made friends there.
Beneath a strong and tough exterior, he was known to his family and friends as a fun-loving guy with a kind heart, always there to listen and impart advice.
Dan is survived by his children, Lindsey (Phil Duncan) and Dylan Malhiot; his parents, Kathryn Sanderlin and Robert Malhiot; his brothers, Jonathan (Julie Malhiot) and Alex Malhiot (Andy Smith); his nephew and niece, Brayden and Mackenzie Malhiot; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Lindsey and Dylan were his heart and nothing was more precious to him.
A memorial service will be held in the spring or summer.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dan’s name to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society: www.nationalmssociety.org.