Daniel James Crockett was born 15 October 1996 in Provo, Utah and passed away 22 January 2021 in Logan, Utah.
He is the son of James Paul Crockett (Jim) and Marilee Hunsaker Crockett.
He is survived by his great-grandmother, Shirley Joy (Bragg) Clark; grandparents, Paul D. Crockett, Sherryl (Reed) Crockett, Elzarus LeGrande Hunsaker, and Tana Lisa (Clark) Hunsaker.
Siblings, nieces and nephews are Marian Crockett Johnson (m. Damon), Kathern Crockett, Amanda Crockett (m. Josh Wainwright), Jared Thomas Crockett, Caroline Crockett, and Cynthia Crockett. Nieces and nephews are Haven (6), Ty (4), Remi (3), and Adrik Johnson (1), and Paul Wainwright (1).
Aunts, Uncles, and cousins are Gary and Niki (Crockett) Thornock, Rebecca (18) Karen (15) Christopher (12); Nate and Angi (Crockett) Hansen, Ember (16) Arik (13); Ben and Traci (Crockett) Hanks, Audrey (12) Ander (10) Janson (8); Andy and Heidi (Neff) Crockett, Adalie (20) James (17) Sydney (15) Kinsey (12); Alan and Holly (Crockett) Hedengren, Kaylee (17) Ryan (15) Tyler (13) Kayle (11) Luke (8) Carrie (6); Ryan and Jen (Crockett) Paulsen, Spencer (14) Adam (12) Matthew (9) Emily (7) Nathan (5); Michael LeGrande Hunsaker; and David LeVon Hunsaker.
Daniel was preceded in death by great-grandparents Edwin (Ted) & Marian (Larsen) Crockett; Jim & Iola (Erickson) Reed; Elzarus LeVon Hunsaker & Kathern (Wheatley) Hunsaker Ragen; and Lewis Clark.
Daniel was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in the Australia Sydney North Mandarin Chinese Speaking Mission. He was a full-time mechanical engineering student at Utah State University and was employed by Arrow Fence and loved his coworkers.
Daniel lived in Provo, Utah from October 1996 until May 1997 while his father completed his undergraduate work, after which his family moved to Bountiful, Utah where he lived for three years. In August of 2000, after his mother completed graduate school and his sister’s adoption was finalized, his family moved to Fort Worth, Texas for two years followed by Highland Park, Texas for his father to attend graduate school. He attended Armstrong Elementary kindergarten through fourth grade and then McCullough Intermediate School for fifth grade. While in Dallas, he was a model for Dillard’s, JCPenney and numerous other businesses and industrial ads. He also appeared in episodes of Barney & Friends working with his family. In August 2008, his family returned to Utah, living for two months in Farmington before settling in Sandy where he attended Lone Peak Elementary in sixth grade, Indian Hills Middle School and then Alta High School, where he graduated. He earned his Eagle Scout award at age 13. While in high school and after, he was employed by Liberty Mountain. He then served a mission after which he attended Utah State University. Daniel occasionally worked on film sets with his mother and siblings as well as composed film scores for his mother.
Daniel was an extraordinarily talented musician. He composed music, played the baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, clarinet, baritone, accordion, keyboard, piano, recorder, and bass guitar. In his final weeks, Daniel taught himself to play the guitar. He took second in state for baritone saxophone as a senior in high school. He was in five bands in high school. He also played football for Alta High’s sophomore team his Freshman and Sophomore year and in a jazz band his Freshman year of college. He demonstrated work ethic and built a bond with his team. He had mastered the Rubik’s Cube puzzles and could manipulate and solve them no matter the shape or size. Daniel had a deep interest in his ancestors and loved hearing and reading about their lives and going through their photos. Daniel was a hard worker and didn’t limit himself when there was a task to get done. He got along well with people of all ages and all interests. Daniel was a natural leader and had an unending supply of interesting ideas to explore and share.
Friends and family are welcome to pay their respects to Daniel at a viewing on Wednesday, January 27 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, 1950 East Dimple Dell Rd. (10600 South), Sandy, Utah. All COVID protocols will be followed. On January 28, a viewing limited to family will begin at 10 a.m. with services at noon at the Pepperwood Drive Chapel in Sandy. Daniel’s services will be broadcast at noon over Zoom https://lonehollow.org/funeral.html. Graveside dedication will follow at Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery.
On behalf of the entire Beninati Family, we send our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Daniel was a wonderful student at USU. I enjoyed getting to know him during the time I was his academic advisor. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Crockett family at this difficult time.
We are heartbroken and so very sorry for the loss of Daniel. We remember meeting Daniel and your loving family the first day of first grade at Armstrong in Dallas - what a beautiful sweet soul inside and out. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Our deepest heartfelt condolences The Clarkson Family, Doug, Susan, Isabella and Ian
My family's thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I understand our kids know each other from Alta. We are so sorry for your loss. Dan seems like a wonderful young man. I wish I knew him. It appears his light made a lasting impression on those he met and made the world a better place wherever he went.
We are so sorry to hear of your loss..he was way too young.
I can’t really find the words to say, my heart is with Dan and his family. It was a very real and beautiful service today.
Deepest sympathies to all the Crockett family on the loss of Daniel may he rest in peace.
Michael & Charlotte Farrell
I didn’t know Daniel but knew his mom and uncles when in high school in OakRidge. Sending heartfelt condolences to your family. Daniel seems a remarkable and talented young man. I’m so sorry for your loss.
My condolences to the Croket family for this very difficult moment.
Denis . France