Daniel Blay Menyon
Daniel Blay Menyon was born on April 2, 1960, in the city of Tappita, Nimba County, Republic of Liberia. He was the fifth of eleven children born to Daisy Bopah Blaye. After the demise of his father, Samuel Blaye Boweh, young Daniel and his siblings were cared for by Reverend Dro Francis Menyon.
Daniel was raised and attended primary school in Gohzon, Morweh District, Rivercess County, Liberia and received his high school education at William V. S. Tubman High School in Sinkor, Monrovia. Daniel entered the workforce upon graduation from high school. He initially worked with the Daily Observer Newspaper. After that, he worked as a bank teller with the National Housing and Savings Bank in Monrovia, Liberia. In 1984, during his employment, the opportunity presented itself to immigrate to America where he pursued and earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
While in college Daniel was introduced to the love of his life, Sonya Gizele Bell of San Diego, California. They married on June 13, 1987 and their union was blessed with two sons. Daniel worked with the California public schools system for 28 years as a Financial Administrator, overseeing the finances of multiple school districts until his retirement in 2019. He continued part-time as a financial consultant for many school districts throughout California up to the time of his passing.
Daniel was passionate about his family, his country of birth, and the pursuit of education. He greatly impacted the lives of friends, families and other individuals. For example, while on vacation in Liberia, Daniel encountered two children standing by the road who were expelled from grade school due to a lack of tuition fees. Daniel met the needs of those children by sponsoring their education each year through high school graduation. Years later, Daniel received a telephone call from one of those students who went on to become a medical doctor in England. He thanked Daniel for investing in his education early in his life. That spontaneous, compassionate act set Daniel on the path to pursuing the vision God gave him to provide access to modern educational resources for the children of Morweh. He founded and was the Chief Executive Officer of a non-profit organization, the Morweh Educational Development Foundation (MEDF). Through MEDF, and with the help of generous donors and members of the Foundation, he was able to finance and build two modern educational facilities in his hometown of Buen’s Town where the children currently have access to free education, uniforms and meals. These resources that were being provided resulted in the students of the Daisy Bopah Academy scoring the highest percentage nationwide on the recent West African Examination Council (WAEC) of Liberia. His selfless work has impacted the lives of many children in Liberia, and has inspired individuals from nations throughout the world. He humbly gave all glory and honor to the Lord God Almighty for using him in this work.
Daniel dedicated his life as a servant of God in His kingdom. He was licensed and ordained to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and he lived an exemplary life of integrity. He loved to talk…whether it was sharing his faith, discussing current events, politics or history. He had a great sense of humor and a genuine concern for his fellowman. Daniel was a devoted member of Bethel Baptist Church of San Diego, California for 37 years under the leadership of Dr. John W. Ringgold. His life was a testimony to what God can do through His humble servants.
On September 8, 2022, Daniel Blay Menyon was called home from labor to eternal rest. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Sarah Blaye and Marie Brown, and one brother, James Blaye. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 35 years, Sonya Menyon; two sons, Jonathan Menyon and David Menyon (Kayla) of San Diego, CA; two grandchildren, Sage and Kora; six sisters, Nengan and Viola Menyon of Liberia, Magdalene Blaye and Mae Blaye Kinnay of Renton, WA, Joanna Tarr Zonwean (Henry) and Vera Menyon Weah (Jeff) of Colorado Springs, CO; three brothers, David R. Blaye of Liberia, Andrew B. Menyon (Musu) and Blojay Storther (Linda) of Denver, CO; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and numerous church family and friends who loved him deeply and will miss him dearly.
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2 thoughts on “Daniel Blay Menyon”
I interviewed Daniel for my video podcast, The Problem Solvers Forum, about a year ago. During that podcast, which was aimed at giving
publicity to Daniel and his wife Sonya’s brainchild, the Daisy Bopah Academy, he was pretty animated, committed, and passionate about the prospects of his not-for-profit academy. The thought of establishing a school in the heart of the Liberian jungle to cater to indigent kids was not only Daniel’s passion but his obsession.
Through our daily interaction on the Coalition of Concerned Liberians (CCL), chatroom, Daniel gave us monthly or, in some cases, weekly updates on the status of DBA. There were no doubts about his unbending desire to uplift his fellow human beings. We saw the Daisy Bopah Academy move from a rough prototype he had scribbled on paper to an institution that dominated the recent West African Examinations Council (WAEC) exams in Liberia. Following the news of DBA’s domination, I paid tribute to Daniel by posting a video of R&B singer Aloe Blacc’s hit, The Man.
But true to his selflessness and humility, he downplayed the tribute and was more concerned about the next chapter of his academy. That was vintage Daniel, a man devoted to the service of humanity, a good man with a solid moral compass…there was no nuance or a grey area regarding right and wrong. Daniel and I had hundreds of exchanges over our 26 years of chatroom camaraderie. Needless to say, we rarely agreed on any subject, but our disagreement was more often in jest. I, an optimist, always saw the glass half full, Daniel saw the glass half empty, but we did find common ground and agreement on the DBA.. I made several contributions to Daniel for the academy and will still continue with contributions. My deepest condolences to Sonya, and Daniel’s family. May his Soul RIP.
Clip of interview with Daniel Menyon.
Your passing epitomizes the term “untimely”, Your death was indeed untimely; it came as a shock to many. You were in the midst of accomplishing worthy goals. You hopefully did the best you could within your means. Hopefully, others will now carry on the projects you started and carry your dreams to fruition… that will indeed be a worthy challenge and undertaking.
Rest well, CyberBuddy. You will be missed at CCL, for better or for worse. May your soul rest in eternal peace.