Daniel Jesse Marti

Daniel Jesse Marti
October 7, 1992 – March 31, 2021

It’s been said that those whom God loves, die young. Daniel Jesse Marti, 28, of Elkhorn, Nebraska lost his battle with addiction on March 31, 2021 by succumbing to an accidental drug overdose and leaving this Earth painstakingly too soon.

Daniel is survived by his father, Dr. David Marti; his mother, Maureen “Micky” Gunderson Marti; his siblings, Lauren (Jonathan), Andrew (Jayne), and Tim (Michaela); his nephews, John Nowak, James Eledge, Max Marti; his grandmother, Marylin Acuff; and his beloved dog, Ash.  He was preceded in death by his grandfather, W. Douglas Marti, and grandparents Robert and Evelyn “Pat” Gunderson.

Born in Elkhorn, Nebraska on October 7, 1992, Daniel was the youngest of four children and the completion of his family. As a young child, his big beautiful blue eyes and soft curls were the envy of many.

Daniel habitually provided his family with a constant source of comedic relief.  He loved to make his family and friends laugh and quickly fell in love with the attention his jovial sense of humor brought. Perhaps it was that draw to the spotlight that led to his uncanny ability to somehow injure himself. Whether it was the stitches on his chin that he received on his family’s dining room table, or the numerous scalp staples he earned after an adventurous mishap on the playground, Daniel bore his scars with nothing but pride and a semi-mischievous smirk.

He attended school in Elkhorn, was a proud member of the wrestling team, and ultimately graduated from Boys Town High School in 2011.

Daniel enjoyed spending time with his friends, whom he regarded with fierce loyalty, attending classic car shows, devotedly supporting the Chicago Bears (with the exception of Jay Cutler), riding his motorcycle or showing off his Mazda RX8, proudly driven with a manual transmission, making countless local lawns beautifully landscaped, and most of all, playing with his dearest best friend and faithful companion, Ash.

Daniel, DJ, DG, Dan-Man was genuinely hilarious and loyal. He was inherently stubborn, at times to a flaw, competitive, a truly terrible driver, overly protective, and so deeply loved.

A part of his family’s hearts will remain forever broken,  yet take some comfort in knowing that he is no longer suffering.  He is now in the loving embrace of his grandparents.

A private memorial service was held in Daniel’s honor on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at the West Center Chapel of Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler Mortuaries in Omaha. Daniel will be laid to rest with tremendous love in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Daniel’s name either to the Heartland Weimaraner Rescue or Husker Weim Rescue, Inc. 



  • Bruce A Shively Posted April 2, 2021 8:51 pm

    My prayers and thought are with your entire family.

  • Mary and Paul Johns Posted April 3, 2021 12:10 pm

    What a beautiful tribute! Our sincere condolences to the Marti family. Prayers to you all.

  • Steve and julie moessner Posted April 4, 2021 5:27 am

    We are deeply saddened to see this today on what should be a great celebration Sunday- Easter. We grieve for you all, Marti Family, and pray that the arms of Jesus will enfold you daily as you go forward and remember Daniel!

  • Doran Dusatko Posted April 4, 2021 8:41 am

    Thinking of you and your family. Sending prayers your way.

  • Silvie Gunderson Posted April 4, 2021 10:59 am

    Our hearts are in mourning with your loss. May God give you answers and healing in your time of mourning. We love you!

  • Alicia Garnett Posted April 4, 2021 11:14 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. No words can help at a time like this, but I hope you feel the love and prayers sent to your family.

  • Lori Coffin Posted April 4, 2021 5:35 pm

    Oh DJ, my heart was broken to hear this today. You are loved, will be missed my many and never forgotten. Sending prayers of comfort for your family.

  • Tracy Hull Posted April 4, 2021 8:33 pm

    Lauren, my deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. My prayers are with all of you.

  • Dee Lowrey Posted April 4, 2021 8:58 pm

    Dave I am so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful beloved son— we should never have to bury a child. Here is a big hug.

  • Stephanie Kasper Posted April 4, 2021 9:34 pm

    Dr. Marti and family, I am so sorry for your loss and we have you in our prayers.

  • Karen Kneifl Posted April 5, 2021 4:06 pm

    Micki, my heart breaks for you over the loss of DJ. I pray that you will find comfort in your memories of all the good times you had.

  • Shirley Ortman Posted April 5, 2021 5:31 pm

    Dave I am so sorry about the loss of your son.

  • Steven Rogge Posted April 5, 2021 6:06 pm

    May God strengthen and comfort you. Praying for you in this time of great sorrow.

  • Kathy (Heidemann) Butler Posted April 6, 2021 9:40 am

    Dr. Marti and family…Our hearts break to hear this sad news. We also know that “the good news” is that Jesus SAVES, (which is what EASTER is all about). Knowing that… “good-byes are not forever, good-byes are not the end” it only means “we miss you” until we meet again! Thoughts and prayers go out to your family!

  • Tom Neumann Posted April 6, 2021 11:21 am

    Dave and family, Marita and I so very sorry for your loss!

  • Carol Fennell Posted April 6, 2021 3:17 pm

    Dr. Marti and family,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers.

    Carol Fennell

  • Nanci schnitker Posted April 6, 2021 4:06 pm

    Dave and family.. I’m so sorry for the loss of your beautiful son. Hugs and 🙏🏼🙏🏼

  • Ardith Ryberg, MD Posted April 8, 2021 7:59 am

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for all of you..

  • Dennis Hoth Posted April 11, 2021 11:26 pm

    Dave, nothing can be said that will make the hurt go away. Just know that we are praying for you and your family for the Peace only God can provide. AEKDB Dennis and Carolee Hoth

  • Margy Gunderson Posted April 20, 2021 2:47 pm

    Dear Micky,

    I know how much you loved Daniel. Losing a child must be one of life’s greatest trials, as is making sense of such a tragedy – especially when it involves someone so young. There is no understanding why such sorrow befalls such good people, so we are asked to believe in God’s plan for our lives. Hopefully knowing that he is with Nina and Papa now will bring you some comfort.

    Margy Gunderson

  • Cheri Marti-Howard Posted May 6, 2021 3:36 pm

    I was researching information for the Marti family for my kids and came across this. I’m so terribly sorry and did not know. Was just reading a sentiment elsewhere that went, “Love is like the ocean that continues far beyond the horizon and life, like the sun, continues to shine where we cannot see.” Thinking of you all and holding you close.

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