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Obituary: Daniel Eugene Sargent (1948-2023)

Submitted by family–
On Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023, the world lost a True Alaskan Adventurer and Story Teller. Daniel Eugene Sargent was born on January 13, 1948 in Placerville, California. Born to Ralph and Helen Sargent, Daniel grew up in Citrus Heights and went to San Juan High School, class of 1967.

Daniel Sargent

He served a tour in Vietnam, after which he hitchhiked across Europe, sleeping underneath the Eiffel Tower and losing his class ring in the China Sea. He then returned to the United States and hitchhiked his way back to California.

Daniel took some classes at Sierra College, however, he soon decided to keep the promise he had made to himself as he flew over the area on his way to Vietnam: if he returned, he would move to Alaska. So, he drove up and landed in Haines, Alaska. He lived there for one year and began working on the Alaska Marine Highway.

It was there Daniel met and fell in love with his wife Lavena (Blackwell) Sargent. Together they traveled around Alaska having countless adventures, hunting bears, and camping at the very top of the world. The two of them also had a daughter, Tiffany (Sargent) Hallquist, who was born and raised in Juneau.

Daniel was an avid outdoorsman who loved archery, hunting, fishing, and telling a GREAT story. He was a wonderful and loving family man who adored all his nephews and nieces, and especially his three grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Lavena Sargent (Juneau, AK), his daughter Tiffany (Sargent) Hallquist and her husband Nathan, and their three children Tristan, Lillith, and Arianna (Gresham, OR); his sisters Nancy Zimmerman (Citrus Heights, CA) and Tommi (Chuck) Bowlden (Citrus Heights, CA); and an assortment of nephews and nieces including Chad (Cathy) Zimmerman, Jenna (Louis) Cameron, Daniel (Marisa) Bowlden, William (Allison) Keith, Clifford Keith, and Jasmine Blackwell. His grandnephew and grandnieces (who helped prepare him to be a grandpa) include: Johnathan, Cole, Emily, Jacob, Danica, Eleanor, Morgan, and Crow.

Daniel truly loved Alaska and was proud to call it his home for over 50 years.

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