Updated: Jan 6
Updated: September 29th, 2022
Daniel Wendell Halseth, born in Estacada, Oregon, on January 28, 1976, the beloved son of Wendell and Christine Halseth, was taken from us violently on April 9, 2021, in Las Vegas, NV. by his 16-year-old daughter and her 18-year-old companion. They both pleaded guilty to 9 felony counts and are awaiting sentencing. It makes totally no sense to us and all who knew and loved Dan. Six months prior to his murder, he had moved to Vegas at the request of his youngest daughter to rescue her from her claims of abuse at the hands of her mother and step-father. He did so because his children were always the most important "miracles" in his life. He was in the middle of court hearings to have custody per her request at the time she murdered him. The DA has told the family that we may never know the "why".
Daniel, a graduate of Hood River Valley High School and who earned a Bachelor of Music at Western Oregon State University as well as an MBA from Corbin University. Daniel had an amazing talent for music which he shared throughout his life. Especially, wherever there was a set of drums or a piano nearby- the stories abound how he just couldn't resist the urge to play and invite others to join in. In fact, Daniel became fondly known as "Drummer Dan." His expertise in IT made Daniel a valuable consultant and facilitator on projects nationwide. With over 22K followers on Instagram alone-not even counting his FaceBook, TikTok, Twitter, LinkedIn accounts among others, he freely shared advice in helping others and mentored hundreds along the way. Daniel lived in Addison, TX before returning to Las Vegas, NV. , Daniel enjoyed the outdoors. During his walks he would always stop and take pictures and videos of our beautiful world. He lived by the saying “always stop and smell the roses”.
Daniel walked the walk and always wanted the best for everyone, even if he didn’t know the person. He always lifted people up and had a smile, always. Daniel's sincere smile and willing heart made every stranger a friend, and every friend, family. Daniel also used his free time for what he felt was a special calling in reaching out to others who were struggling with their lives. This was especially important to him in helping returning veterans. Daniel dedicated his life to bringing joy to everyone he met.
Daniel is survived by his mom, Christine Halseth; brothers Ben (Mellissa), Tom (Carmen), Michael (Linda); sister Leslie; two loving children Dana and Jordan Halseth; nieces and nephew Sammy, Rowan and Brody; and countless cousins and relatives. He is predeceased by his father Wendell Halseth and brothers Gerald Halseth and Timothy Halseth. In lieu of flowers, the Halseth Family welcomed donations to the Daniel Halseth “Hello Friends” Legacy Fund. Contributions were used to support those organizations Daniel was committed to: Music, Wellness and Veterans.