Daniel Nelson Middleton
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Officer Daniel Nelson Middleton, 28 of Superior passed away November 23, 2004. Born in Iowa in 1975, his family moved to Gilbert in 1987. Daniel was a Law Enforcement Officer for the past 8 years. Most recently for the Town of Superior. He is survived by his parents Ron and Rebecca Emary. His sisters Shawntel Cooney and husband Todd; Kristina Sutherland and husband Adam; and Stephanie Middleton. Nephews Shane, Shawn, and Brandon: uncles,
Doug Stivers, and wife Joan, Donnie Stivers and wife Kim Marie aunt Barbara Stivers, and numerous other family members, friends, and co-workers. Daniel had two passions in life, being a police officer and his family. He was deeply loved, and will always be missed. He was a very strong and proud officer, who's death has left many wondering why? Daniel not only left behind family and friends, but he left behind many who respected and cherished the man he was. We will always love and cherish the special time we had with you Daniel. A viewing will be held for family and friends Friday, November 26, 2004 from 7pm – 9pm at Allen Funeral Home, 1130 S. Horne Mesa, AZ (480) 833-1716. A Funeral Service will be Saturday, November 27, 2004 at 10:30am at Chandler Christian Church 1825 S. Alma School Rd Chandler, AZ.

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Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 25, 2004.
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November 19, 2019
You are gone but never forgotten
Chris Garcia
September 9, 2016
I miss you my friend
Chris Garcia
July 10, 2015
I miss you... so much!!!
May 1, 2015
Hey I miss you uncle dan -love brandon
November 23, 2014
10 yrs ago my world fell to pieces and changed like I never thought it would. I still think of you everyday! Its so hard not to think about what might have been... Love you always and always!!
June 27, 2014
I would like to think you are looking down at me and you are proud of me for handing myself the way I did today. I miss you... and today when I needed strenght I thought of you and I got it! You are my angel in blue! Love you and miss you so much!!
June 2, 2014
Middleton I see your picture at my house every day. I think about you a lot and you were like a son to me. I'm glad you didn't suffer, I was on the call and I pray you have a safe journey and have fun up there with your family.
Fred Murrieta
June 1, 2014
Hi my friend I wish you where here I miss buddy.
May 13, 2014
I keep thinking about the time you took time out of your day to bring me an AMP energy drink to my track practice and threw it over that really tall fence haha... I miss you right now and wonder what life would've been like if I you didn't leave us, or if I would have gone with you that evening to Kearny.. I Love You Brother
Payton Murrieta
January 20, 2014
Hello my best friend things are not the same without you I miss you.
Chris Garcia
December 20, 2013
Hope you are celebrating!
rebecca Emary
December 19, 2013
Happy Birthday brother, hope you get caked in heaven love you!!!!!
December 19, 2013
Happy birthday old man!
Jim Wilson
December 19, 2013
Happy Birthday Buddy!!
October 31, 2013
Sometimes I start to miss you during the day and I come here to see that innocent smiling baby face! I know you were anything but INNOCENT! Lol!! It makes me smile back at you and my day is a better day! Love you Always!!
August 31, 2013
Thinking about you tonight made me cry. Still cant believe how someone with such an impact on everyones life that you touched can just be taken away in the blink of an eye. I love you brother and miss you
Payton Murrieta
March 17, 2013
Happy St. Patty's Day... Loves!!
January 26, 2013
I still remember playing outside in the yard, your truck was parked right outside the fence. You asked me if I wanted to go with you to kearny to get your new stereo or speakers put it in I think I can't exactly remember what. You were so excited to come back and show us,after you got them, but of course I had to ask my mom haha.. she wouldn't let me because I had school in the morning. I don't like the fact that I was the last in superior to see you.. that next morning at school was one of the most painful times in my life. Getting called to the office, I was at the top of the hall walking down, and as I got closer to the bottom doors I could see my mom n dad trying to hold my sister still as she screamed.. that's when I knew.. I Love you Daniel, and I wish I could hit you in the stomach again because I knew it was your weak spot:)... Miss you big brother
Payton Murrieta
December 31, 2012
Your grandfather is with you now take care of him. I love you and think iof you everyday. I miss you very much.
Rebecca Emary
December 30, 2012
Sometimes it feels as if time has stood still and you just left us... but that's only the pain of losing you.
June 7, 2012
I miss you my friend.
Chris Garcia
May 29, 2012
Dan you are the big brother I never had and always wanted. Thank you for that. You are missed and thought about always.
David Hutton
May 29, 2012
Dan you are the big brother I never had and always wanted. Thank you for that. You are missed and thought about always.
David Hutton
December 18, 2011
tommorow is your bday i love you so much i wish i could hug you and tell you i love you.
love mom
rebecca emary
November 23, 2011
I Miss you more than ever....
November 22, 2011
If I could go back 7 years today... Even though it hurts... I'm still so very grateful for the time I did have. Love you and Miss you!
September 2, 2011
I really wish I could go back to the last time I saw you. I believe I was the last in superior to see you before you left us. I love you my big brother. Long as I Live.
Payton Murrieta
July 3, 2011
Hello my friend ,you were like my little brother I do miss you ,I wish we had time to talk once again ,just that you are missed very much.
Chris Garcia
February 1, 2011
I miss you every day.
Love you,
rebecca emary
December 23, 2010
I still think about you everyday. Miss you bro...
Jim Wilson
December 22, 2010
So much has happened this year but the holidays can't go by with out reminding us of you. I was running out the door today and grabbing for a sweater there your sweater was. I wondered what you were doing right that very second. I love you and think of you always.
I. Roseanne Service
December 19, 2010
Happy Birthday
November 23, 2010
Well another year has passed and I can't believe it's been six years... I stop and think of all the great memories we had and it seems like they were just yesterday. You are truly missed and will always be in our hearts.
Andrea Robles
October 9, 2010
Daniel I miss u an wish u could still be here with us today its so hard to understand why u had to go u r in a better place. I think of u an remember all the fun times Melodi Payton an I had with u We miss u <3
Eva Arriola Cisneros
September 27, 2010
Well, lets see I miss the good times we had working the mean streets for Superior. But most of all I miss a good friend. See you later.
Wallace Kenney
September 26, 2010
There are days where I miss you more than ever. I wish I had you here to talk to. I could use a big teddy bear hug right about now. Losing you still feels like yesterday but I know your still here with me in some way. I hope you are one of the faces I see first when it comes my time. love you teddy!
Melodi Murrieta
September 25, 2010
i miss my brother i dont even know what to say i miss you too much to even think.
Payton Murrieta
August 18, 2010
Hi teddy.well I can truely say that no matter how long its been...my heart still hurts. There are times like today that I wish you were here. There are songs,pictures, and stories of you and I stuck in my head. I know It will always be like this and thats whats hard to handle, but your in a wonderful place now. I just wish you were here to talk to about my troubles and triumphs. I love you and miss you so much.
Melodi Murrieta
June 25, 2010
Just thinking about you...
December 29, 2009
Wow, this year has gone by so fast, but it can't be over until I say Happy Birthday! I hope it was a fun one talking with family and loved ones who are already with you. I want you know I always stop to think of you in November and December. Bonnie's wedding was on your birthday and I wasn't sure how to feel about that. Jim was there and he knew it was your birthday too. You probably had no idea how many lives you touched. I know that as time passes on it's easy to forget but just know I will never forget you!!! I love you and miss you!
I. Roseanne Service
December 3, 2009
Time has came and gone and it seems like forever since you left. Whenyou get too far away from me I close my eyes and remember our last hug and the words you spoke to me. I can still feel your arms around me iam so greatful for that. Many days I am blessed with your jokes and the memory of your childhood and your adult life. but there are many days still filled with tears. I pray often to our Lord to care for your soul. I feel I will be blessed the day I return home with you. My love for you could fill an eternity Love mom
November 19, 2009
I can't believe it has been almost 5 years since you were taken from us so suddenly. Just know I still think of you all the time and you will be happy to know I keep in contact with your family. I love them like they were my own. You are missed dearly and I miss you and love you!

Tanya Turck
May 6, 2009
hey there babe! just thinking about all of the memories we had together. I really miss you and some days are worse than others. I can still feel you around me sometimes. I wish you could see your nephews and how they are growing up. Just looking into little daniels eyes reminds me so much of you. I love you Teddy! I wish I could just see you again, but I know I will when my time comes. sending ya kisses.
Melodi Murrieta
December 19, 2008
Happy Birthday Daniel!
I. Roseanne Service
December 17, 2008
Another year has passed and another Birthday has come and gone (Happy Birthday). I still can't believe it's been four years... I stop and think of all the great memories and it seems like you were here yesterday but then there are times when it feels like you have been gone forever. We all miss you and you will always be in our hearts.
Andrea Robles
November 24, 2008
It's been 4 years, you are still loved and missed! I live my life each day aware of it's fragility because of you. I enjoy my life's journey in your name.
I. Roseanne Colvin Service
November 23, 2008
We just attended Daniels 4th memorial service at the crash site. Father Francis said a blessing and it was very special for all of us in attendance. We continue to think of him daily and will never quit missing him.To all of his friends and family thank you for your calls and well wishes. Rebecca and Ron
rebecca emary
April 8, 2008
I just had to stop my busy day and reflect a moment on how much you are missed. You help me to remember that life is so short and to enjoy my journey. I think about all the fun memories and at the time I didn't see much fun in them till I look at it now. You made me and Kristina laugh even when we wanted to really be mad at you. Were you ever intimidated by anything? (other than Ron...he he) You just seemed so brave and completely invincible. I really miss you a lot!
I. Roseanne Service
March 29, 2008
I have been thinking often of Daniel, my cousin. I remember many times at family gatherings how we would play together as well as Jared our other cousin. We all wanted to be police officers. Jared is now a Sargeant in the military and I am an evangelist in the church of Christ. God had different plans for all of our lives. I thank Him for the priviledge I had to know Daniel and be a part of his life, and he a part of mine.
Mark Doland
November 22, 2007
I thought of you with love today.
But that is nothing new.
I thought about you yesterday,
And days before that too.

I think of you in silence,
I often speak your name
Now all I have is memories
And your picture in a frame

Your memory is my keepsake
With which I’ll never part
God has you in his keeping
I have you in my heart.

Gone but not forgotten.
You’re always in my heart.

I Miss You…
Andrea Robles
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