Household and associates of Daniel Sargent shoot flaming arrows into Auke Bay on Saturday throughout Sargent’s memorial at Raven Shelter. Sargent was one of many founding members of the Juneau Archery Membership and was survived by his spouse Lavena and daughter Tiffany Sargent Hallquist. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)
Tiffany Sargent Hallquist selected to put on her father’s size-11 boots to his memorial as not solely a strategy to really feel near him once more however to additionally keep in mind the large sneakers he’s left to fill.
“He was a storyteller and the most effective fisherman you’ve ever met in your life,” Hallquist mentioned. “He beloved searching, and made the most effective moose jerky you’ve ever had in your life. He was only a massive presence.”
Daniel Eugene Sargent, 75, died on Sunday, Feb. 7 in Anchorage from issues throughout surgical procedure. To honor the lifetime of the person typically described by household as being bigger than life, there was a memorial held for Daniel on Saturday at Raven Shelter at Auke Village Recreation Space. Daniel’s flannel shirts lined the window frames of the shelter for anybody to take, a becoming gesture for somebody who his household mentioned was recognized for giving folks the shirt off of his again.
Daniel Sargent’s flannels blow within the breeze on Saturday throughout a particular memorial service held in his honor at Raven Shelter. Visitors had been invited to take dwelling one in every of Daniel’s shirts as a means of each remembering and honoring him. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)
“He was a flannel shirt and denims type of man,” mentioned Hallquist. “I went by way of and gathered up a bunch from his home. I’ve been carrying all of his garments. He was my finest pal; he was my rock.”
Hallquist and her mom Lavena knew they wished to do one thing particular to honor not solely the daddy and husband that Daniel was, but additionally the Vietnam veteran that he was. When a 21-gun salute proved to not be within the playing cards, the Sargent household turned to the following and maybe finest concept: a volley of fireside. With Daniel being one of many founding members of the Juneau Archery Membership, Hallquist and her mom determined the most effective and most applicable means for the household to pay respects was with a row of archers capturing flaming arrows into the water.
Jenna Cameron lights a row of arrows to pay tribute to her uncle Daniel Sargent throughout his memorial on Saturday at Raven Shelter. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)
“My dad labored for the Alaska Marine Highways within the present store with an indication that learn, ‘bow searching spoken right here.’ So, I do know he would have beloved this, to see all people collectively like this, I can really feel it, he’s right here with us.”
Hallquist, a kindergarten instructor in Oregon and the one baby of Daniel and Lavena, mentioned she had plans of coming again to Juneau this summer season for her 30-year highschool reunion together with her youngsters so they might spend time with their “Grandpa turkey.” Although plans sadly modified, Hallquist mentioned it was heartwarming to see so many individuals come out to pay their respects and to see the clear influence her father had on so many lives.
Tiffany Sargent Hallquist shoots a flaming arrow into the air to honor her late father Daniel Sargent throughout a memorial ceremony on Saturday at Auke Bay Recreation Space. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)
“It feels good, he would have beloved it, nevertheless it’s empty in a means as a result of he’s not right here,” Hallquist mentioned. “I informed everybody that I need to say I’m damaged hearted, however my coronary heart is so full as a result of I really feel him a lot, however I miss him.”
Daniel had been retired from the Alaska Marine Freeway System for 20 years, and Lavena defined, it was by way of an opportunity encounter at work that the 2 would strike up a friendship that will finally flip into a wedding. Lavena mentioned Raven Shelter was picked as the placement for the memorial for sentimental causes because it was the place the 2 would share their first picnic throughout their first yr of marriage in 1978.
Pictures of Daniel Sargent stacked with rocks to maintain from blowing away line the picnic tables of the Raven Shelter on Saturday throughout his memorial service. Daniel was 75-years-old. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)
“The primary yr we had been married on the primary day of snow, we went and received some pastrami, some contemporary bread and a bottle of wine,” Lavena mentioned. “We walked alongside the primary snow and had a picnic right here, simply me and him, no one else was round. A couple of month in the past, we talked about how we should always do this once more, in order that’s why all people’s right here right this moment as a result of that’s what he wished to do.”
Lavena Sargent and her daughter Tiffany Sargent Hallquist stand by the hearth as they share tales and recollections of their late husband and father Daniel Hallquist. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)
Regardless of Saturday being chilly and grey, loads of colourful tales of Daniel shared by the hearth stored the night heat. Daniel’s niece Jenna Cameron shared recollections of Daniel’s generosity and the way she used to deliver her son as much as Alaska for visits each summer season for Daniel-guided fishing journeys.
“He was such man. He had a giant coronary heart, he beloved all people, he would give the shirt off of his again for anyone,” mentioned Cameron. “He would actually do something for anyone, he would cease and assist folks so much, something like that. I got here up yearly to Alaska with my household to go fishing since my son was 9, he’s 17 now. He would all the time give him a alternative if he wished to go to Disneyland or Alaska and each time, he’d decide Alaska. We’d exit on the boat and go fishing, he made a knife for my son and my husband, only a good man.”
Lavena Sargent is offered a flag throughout her late husband’s memorial service on Saturday at Auke Bay Recreation Space. Daniel was a Vietnam Veteran and had been retired from the Alaska Marine Freeway System for 20 years. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)
Whereas saying goodbye is rarely simple, Lavena mentioned she was completely satisfied in understanding it was the kind of ship off Daniel would have wished. Alaska has been Daniel’s dwelling ever since he first noticed it touring from Fort Lewis to Anchorage in the course of the struggle; Lavena mentioned he all the time talked in regards to the promise he made to himself that if he managed to get by way of the struggle he was transferring to Alaska for the remainder of his days and as his family and friends would say, in true Daniel style, he lived as much as his phrase.
“Daniel will all the time be part of the neighborhood. He beloved Alaska, he beloved the Alaska way of life, he beloved the Alaska Marine Freeway,” Lavena mentioned. “He beloved me, he beloved his household and he beloved his associates.”
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