Daniel Hedges
1979 - 2017
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Daniel Andrew Hedges



Daniel Andrew Hedges passed on peacefully in his sleep and went home to be with His Lord Jesus Christ on December 23, 2017, in the early morning. He was born April 27, 1979 and was deeply loved and cherished by his parents, Daniel Joseph and Ginger Hedges; and his sisters, and their families, Jamie Mae Collins (Russell) and Mary Jennifer Forsthoff (Lucas); his aunts/uncles, Darla Armstrong, Gordon and Donna Walhood, and David Walhood. He was preceded in death earlier this year by his beloved grandfather, Gordon A. Walhood Sr.

Daniel was a selfless and gracious man. He knew how to encourage others with his rich sense of humor, kind words, and genuine conversation. He was a loving son and brother, caring uncle, dear friend, and compassionate educator. Daniel grew up in New Mexico, Virginia and Oklahoma where his father served as a minister and university professor. He attended Hope Christian School and the Albuquerque Academy, where he lettered in golf, and was on the 1997 New Mexico State Championship Golf Team. He graduated with a bachelor's degree from Oral Roberts University.

After early careers in real estate, the golf industry, and sales, Daniel discovered his calling to teach special needs children. He then attained a master's degree in special education from New Mexico Highlands University. Daniel was a gifted special education teacher who taught at Artrisco Elementary School, Grant Middle School and other schools. He had a purposeful calling to work with special needs children and was active in helping the poor and needy of the community.

He was an excellent golfer, taking up the sport with his father. As a youth he joined the US Junior PGA and soon became an experienced tournament player and was selected to play in the New Mexico High School All-stars Golf Tournament two years in a row. He enjoyed playing many great golf courses throughout New Mexico and Oklahoma, especially with his favorite partner; his Dad.

Daniel was a dedicated Christian and attended Harvest Church in Albuquerque. He leaves a legacy of humility and selflessness.

Friends may visit Friday, December 29, 2017, 5:00 â€" 7:00 p.m., at FRENCH â€" Wyoming. Services will be held Saturday, December 30, 2017, 11:00 a.m., at Faith Chapel, 1726 Girard Blvd. NE. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Joy Junction, 4500 2nd St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105. Please visit our online guestbook for Daniel at

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Published in Albuquerque Journal from Dec. 27 to Dec. 28, 2017.
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January 10, 2018
My Dearest Hedges Family,

I am so sorry to hear about Daniel's passing! I send my deepest condolences to you all at this unfortunate time! The following is one of the memories I remember of him and hopefully it can bring a smile on your face!

All the kids from Heritage Hills Church were playing kickball for a church activity one afternoon. I was pitching and he was up. I wasn't very good so I had to give it a go a few times before he could kick it, but he was always kind about it. When he finally landed one it came and hit me in the face which I can only describe as a lightening bolt fast and powerful! I remember thinking two things: Ouch & why isn't he running to 1st base? I don't know how red my face was but I do know what kind of person he was because of that moment. He was so kind, caring, and loving and it showed. He could have made it to at least second base but he came straight for me instead apologizing and making sure I was alright!

He was a wonderful person and I am honored to have known him! I wish you all peace and love at this time!
Love,
Sabrina (Yonemoto) Bergsten

P.S.
My family sends their love and condolences too! We would love to hear about how your families have grown as well!

Sabrina Yonemoto-Bergsten
Friend
December 29, 2017
Our lives have been forever changed by Daniel Hedges.

Daniel came to work with us but quickly became a trusted friend. His kindness, faithfulness, dedication and commitment shone through all he did. He served God by loving and serving people.

Daniel loved, walked with us and ran our entire business why we were in China finalizing our adoption of our precious daughter.

He loved his family so much. He talked so much about his family. He was an amazing uncle, loving brother and faithful son. He came alive the most when he talked about being an uncle. He always wanted his mom to be taken care of when his dad was away. He supported his family so faithfully and adopted our family as his own. We would not have been able to adopt our daughter if it would have not been for Daniel. We had to be gone for 17 days plus prep and post trip time away.

Daniels kindness could be felt by anyone. He was an amazing golfer. He truly lived out the good news of the Gospel. Daniel loved like Jesus. We are forever changed and are so thankful for him! Daniel made life better, sweeter, easier and fun everywhere he went. He will be dearly missed. To his amazing family. Jesus went to prepare a place for you, but no doubt that's what Daniel is doing now. Surely, there are heavenly golf courses and he is scoping them out. Our hearts hurt with yours. Our hope is in the God who saves! We love you!

Our love, prayers and the comfort of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

The Simmons
Ana Simmons
December 29, 2017
Our lives have been forever changed by Daniel Hedges.

Daniel came to work with us but quickly became a trusted friend. His kindness, faithfulness, dedication and commitment shone through all he did. He served God by loving and serving people.

Daniel loved, walked with us and ran our entire business why we were in China finalizing our adoption of our precious daughter.

He loved his family so much. He talked so much about his family. He was an amazing uncle and faithful son. He always wanted his mom to be taken care of when his dad was away. He supported his family so faithfully and adopted our family as his own. We would not have been able to adopt our daughter if it would have not been for Daniel. We had to be gone for 17 days plus prep and post trip time away.

Daniels kindness could be felt by anyone. He was an amazing golfer. He truly lived out the good news of the Gospel. Daniel loved like Jesus. He are forever changed and are so thankful for him! His selfless love, compassion, considerate love for the needy and for our family will be deeply treasured. He was a reflection of Jesus. God's Love could be felt through him. We are forever grateful for this friend, brother in Christ and faithful servant of the Lord.

Our love, prayers and the comfort of the Holy Spirit are with you all.

With deep love and appreciation,
The Simmons
December 28, 2017
I am truly sorry for your loss. I hope the words at 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17, along with the fond memories of Mr. Hedges bring you some comfort during this time.
December 27, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. I am the outreach person for The Compassionate Friends. We are a local group of parents who have lost a child or children. We know the grief, we have walked the path. If the parent(s) and/or grandparent(s) of the deceased would like to attend our bi-Monthly meetings, join our Facebook pages or receive The Compassionate Friends monthly newsletter or receive contact phone numbers please contact me. Once again I am so sorry for your loss. We gather in December (300 attend) to light candles and remember our children. Please contact us for information.

Joseph Segura

Albqcompfrnds@gmail.com
Joseph Segura
December 27, 2017
In working with Daniel at Atrisco Elementary, I came to know him as a caring individual and a total professional. My heart aches at the loss of a truly fine human being. He was a perfectionist in his work and wanted everything to be just right. I got an email in early December from Daniel and I saw that he had written it at about 3:00 AM He was worried about some paperwork and I reassured him that all mistakes can be fixed, but he wanted to make sure that it was done right and in good time. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Even though I only new him for a short time, I knew immediately that he was a wonderful, caring person and a man of integrity.
Toni Silva-Dunbar
December 27, 2017
Our prayers go out to Daniel's family. I remember when he was student teaching at Grant MS, a very fine young man. We have the calm assurance of knowing he is in the arms of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
Kathy Melendez
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