In loving memory of

Daniel James Ballas
March 29, 1992 - October 10, 2022

Daniel James Ballas of Yorba Linda, CA, age 30, passed away unexpectedly on
Monday, October 10, 2022. He was born on March 29, 1992, in Fullerton, CA,
son of John Demetrius Ballas III and Angela E. (Jemsek) Ballas.

Daniel was an inspiration to others and touched the lives of all who knew him. He
enjoyed the company of his family and friends more than anything. Daniel found
pure joy in life’s most simple pleasures. He loved music, going for walks and
outings with friends, watching movies and sing-alongs, and laughing with loved
ones. Daniel will be remembered for his contagious smile, unique sounds, and
special hugs. 

Daniel is preceded by his grandparents John D. Ballas Jr., Dr. John J. Jemsek,
and Marijane E. (Robertson) Jemsek. Daniel is survived by his parents John D.
Ballas III and Angela E. (Jemsek) Ballas, sister Jennette M. (Ballas) Romney and
her husband Michael D. Romney, sister Elizabeth C. (Ballas) Ridenour and her
husband Alan N. Ridenour, brother John D. Ballas IV and his wife Heather C.
(Hefner) Ballas, grandmother Colleen R. (Frawley) Ballas, several nieces,
nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and countless other loved ones.

A funeral mass will be celebrated by Fr. Richard Delahunty and Fr. Seamus
Glynn on Thursday, November 3 at 10:30am at St. Martin de Porres Catholic
Church, 19767 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, CA 92886. There will be a
reception at the church hall following the funeral mass.

To capture special memories and stories of Daniel, the family has created an
online memory book to preserve these stories and the impact he had on others.
Messages and photos can be shared at

In remembrance of Daniel’s life, the family asks that any charitable donations be
made to the YMCA of Orange County, Community Services (Inclusion & New
Horizons) Annual Campaign ( and
Clear Motivations, Adult Day Program


Mary Ann Serapin wrote on Oct 21, 2022:

"Daniel brought and gave so much love and happiness with his two smiling eyes to everyone that knew him. He was cherished by all. We have two favorite memories of our sweet Daniel. The first is when he was a toddler living in Chino Hills and he escaped the Ballas household through the front screen door. He decided he wanted to go for a walk and nobody was going to stop him! He happily was returned. The second memory was more recently at Feathery campground when JD and Angela camped in a cabin with him and we visited them all. Daniel was so happy being in the cabin and stuck to his dad's side the whole time we were there. He looked so safe and content. A great time was had by all! We love the Ballas family and are praying for you all though this sad journey. God is good and will heal you. Love, The Serapin family"