Daniel James Gallagher
1989 - 2020
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Daniel James Gallagher

Colorado Springs, CO - Daniel James Gallagher, 30, died at home on July 21st, 2020. Daniel was born on December 21, 1989, in Seattle, WA. He moved with his parents and sister to Alamogordo, NM, in 1995 when his father accepted a position at NMSU-A. He graduated from Alamogordo High School in 2008. He went to UNM and NMSU, and he received his Bachelor of Individualized Studies degree in 2016. He was a talented musician: in high school, he performed with the celebrated local ska-punk group "Juggernuts," and at UNM, he performed with the group "Easier Said than Done." He worked at Animal Village, E.Z. TV and Appliances, and as an online Apple product consultant. Daniel lived with mental illness but was well-known for helping others over their own "bad patches." His son, Aaron, was born in October 2019, and Daniel loved singing to him and seeing him watch lights and colors. Daniel moved to Colorado Springs with two of his best friends in March 2020, and he was planning on going back to school to become a counselor.

Daniel is remembered by his father, Dr. James Gallagher, for his outgoing nature and his adventurous spirit in thought and deed; he is cherished by his mother, Annette Claycomb, for his graceful hands, intense care for the world, and his occasional laughter; his step-mother Kim Lopez Gallagher, for how he took care of his friends and sought spirituality; as Danny by his sister, Liz Gallagher, for his music, his depth of knowledge, and his brilliance, creativity, and curiosity; his step-sister Mia Rascon for his resilience and strong will; his step-brother Max Rascon, who shared: "Though the nature of his character was subject to speculation and turbulence, his commitment to family never was. Proof of this can be found in how he would always find time to play videogames with me after school, and I would look forward to these sessions all day in school"; and his son Aaron James Gallagher. He is also remembered lovingly by relatives and friends all over the world. Daniel, you will always be in our hearts.

Please check Return to Nature's Tributes: http://www.returntonaturecolorado.com/obituaries/ and search for Daniel Gallagher. More information, remembrances, and tentative plans for a virtual memorial will be posted there. We hope to have an in-person celebration of life once the COVID-19 crisis is over.

The family requests that remembrances be made through contributions of time, energy, or money to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), https://nami.org, or NEXT Naloxone, https://www.naloxoneforall.org .




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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Aug. 5 to Aug. 9, 2020.
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August 21, 2020
Jim, Annette and Liz,

The pain your going through is so deep, it's untouchable, unspeakable, unbelievable. I'm so very sorry to hear about Daniels death.

Not only did I know both of you from the College, our Sons' where in High School together. I was so impressed by the way you both acknowledged Daniels' mental health issue. It helped me with my daughter.

It's hard when HOPE dies. All the hopes you had for Daniel. But HOPE still means something in a different way. HOPE = Hold On, Pain Eases.

I wish you peace.
K.D. Owens
August 14, 2020
Dear Annette, I am so saddened reading of your loss of Daniel. Knowing you through our NAMI association in Port Angeles, I can appreciate the pain you’ve endured. I’m currently in Europe for a few months so not able to hug you in person.
Jane Vanderhoof
August 10, 2020
My heart was hurting for you when I read the news. My daughter remembered Danny as a very nice person. She, too, was saddened by the news. Our heartfelt condolences to your entire family.
Cathy Aguilar-Morgan
August 10, 2020
Daniel is and always will be part of a very close circle of friends who mean the world to me. We grew up together and shared such formative times of our lives together, that I am simply grateful for having known Dan for these years. He was a great friend who always understood his friends better than they at times understood themselves.

One of my fondest memories with Daniel were our camping trips to the mountains which were somehow always undertaken on the spur of the moment. To leave the desert basin and be surrounded by trees for one night was the only important thing. After ravaging someone’s fridge and taking a quick trip to Walmart for essentials like Hot Dogs, chips, beers and so on, we were on our way (unfortunately missing most of the camping essentials like firewood, flashlights, hatchet, enough mattresses, etc.) But the music was good, meandering up the mountain road, shouting our high school conversations to one another over the noise. When we finally found a clearing that seemed far enough away from civilization, really pushing our cars that were not meant to go down these dirt & gravel roads, we unloaded. And somehow like magic everything always appeared. Under someone’s car headlights branches and tinder were found, a tent was assembled only partially wrong, a fire (probably started by Dan with some old homework from one of our backpacks) started blazing, and the food somehow always tasted incredible. Sitting across from each other with the bonfire light illuminating our faces and exciting our talk, perhaps listening to Daniel playing the guitar, we had one of many many great nights together. My sincerest and heartfelt condolences to his family. Love you Bruder, Julian
Julian Fahk
Friend
August 10, 2020
Danny was one of Shelby’s first playmates when we all lived in Alamogordo. I will always remember his sparkling eyes, his little grin, and his creative and curious spirit. What a beautiful soul the universe shared with us. Peace and love to Jim, Annette, and Liz.
Lesa Hadley
Friend
August 10, 2020
May God’s love and grace continue to surround you. I am so sorry his physical body has run it’s course.
Lynette Wedig
Friend
August 9, 2020
When I met Daniel I found him to be super intelligent and independent. He was friends with my daughter. We would invite him to her birthday parties and she has very fond memories of him.
Sending love and healing prayers to the family and friends of Daniel.
Monica Kekuewa
Friend
August 9, 2020
Juggernuts days are some of my fondest memories with you. I have always cherished the times of me following all you guys around with my camera and just hanging out and listening and talking music. Rest in paradise, my brilliant friend.
Melissa
Friend
August 9, 2020
So sorry for you loss of such a loving family member and a talented, brilliant companion to so many. I wish you peace.
Candice McDonald
Friend
August 9, 2020
Thinking of the times Danny and his family would visit relatives. I will cherish these memories of being together as family. We loved Danny, he will be surely missed.
Sheri & Terry
Sheri
Family
August 8, 2020
I am remembering Danny's sparkling eyes when he smiled, telling of his adventures and of the respectfulness he showed to all. Love Sister/Aunt Mary
Mary Fuller
Family
August 8, 2020
I remember when Dan and Liz stayed for a week with in Taos in 2002 or 2003. They helped name Dusky Rose of Corona and Cristal Luna of Corona (because we got the pups at a now-defunct gas station in Corona, NM). During that week, grocery shopping, Dan asked for sushi. I was astounded. I didn't know what sushi was until I was 20 or so -- and here was Daniel James from Alamogordo, asking for sushi! We will miss you, Dan.
Paula and Mark
Family
August 8, 2020
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Mary Fuller
August 7, 2020
I remember having him as a student when he was in high school. He was witty, charming, and respectful to everyone. Was very saddened to hear of his passing.
Kathy Wallis
August 7, 2020
My heart hurts for Danny's family and friends. I have a lot of fun
memories of Danny as a little boy. He was very clever at an early age. Love to all. Danny's Aunt Deanna
August 7, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Danny you are now with our lord and he has told me that everybody gets into heaven.
Bill and Patty Whitman
Family
August 6, 2020
I loved Danny and I love all of you so much. Know how much I think of you all with a heavy heart , but also know it is ok to hurt and only time helps to heal. Love you all, Sister and Aunt Eileen
Eileen
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