Daniel Alejandro Elsberry entered the world on August 29th, 2002 in Upland, California. He was the welcome caboose of a large, blended family. When he was eighteen months old, his family relocated from California to Mesa, Arizona. He was still living in Mesa when he passed away on March 22, 2022. He was 19 years old.
As a child, Daniel was quiet but active. He loved playing games and watching movies when he wasn’t hanging out with one of his two close friends. He was kind, obedient, and truly cared about other people, even though he was a fiercely private individual. He was reliable and responsible. An excellent student, he earned an academic scholarship to Arizona State University upon his early graduation from Red Mountain High School. Prior to his passing, he was studying towards a degree in Information Technology at ASU Polytechnic and working as an optical technician.
Throughout his life, Daniel was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in the Church in many capacities beginning in his early teenage years. He loved his Savior profoundly, and frequently drew his friends into deep, intense conversations about Jesus Christ and his Gospel. He sought God in his life, and truly endeavored to walk by faith.
Danny also participated in the Boy Scout program, earning the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 14. Even after achieving this rank, he continued earning merit badges, garnering three gold palms.
Daniel was a sensitive, imaginative soul. He loved fantasy, gaming, and role-playing. He was an avid collector of figurines and swords. Often, he could be found playing Dungeons and Dragons, War Hammer, or Legend of the Five Rings. He was especially fond of dragons, and had amassed an extensive collection of them in many different forms. He also enjoyed writing; paying homage to his favorite games and movies by adding to their lore through composing works of Fanfiction. He parlayed his love of creating characters into art, commissioning drawings of his favorites from various artists.
Like most young men his age, Daniel was a pizza enthusiast. He often craved it–although he also enjoyed Firehouse Subs and the offerings at Coldstone Creamery. Each night after work, he would eat a large bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats.
His family will miss each and every one of these endearing quirks. Daniel was truly a special young man who was very much loved and valued. He is survived by his parents Eric and Patty Elsberry, his older siblings Danesa (Matt) Sovereign, Melissa (Trevor ) Johnson, Christopher (Carree) Elsberry, Mario Elsberry, and a passel of adoring nieces and nephews. His absence has left a hole in our hearts and in our lives.
Service held at Mesa City Cemetery, Wed March 30th, 2022.