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.