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In memory of Daniel Stockmyer

Created by Family Of Daniel Stockmyer

Daniel Stockmyer

Daniel was 6 years old when he moved into our home with his younger brother, Jason. Daniel was a sweet, loving child who wanted to please. He was very athletic and made friends easily.  Daniel’s
teen years, however, were difficult for him, and he struggled in school.  College did not stimulate him either, though his employers at the tire shop were happy with his skills and hard work.

Daniel’s birth parents were alcoholics.  My husband and I were concerned that Daniel might be genetically predisposed to alcoholism or addiction and we warned Daniel about this.  Our daughter, Jessica, finally told us that her brother had been drinking heavily.  We were in the process of finding help for Daniel when he told us that he had quit drinking cold turkey.

October 3r was a very enjoyable day for our family.  Dan had the day off from work and, after doing his chores, he watched the Denver Broncos with his father, Milton and older brother, Charlie.  That evening he ironed three work shirts and packed a large lunch for the next day.  Nothing warned us that this would be our last evening together.

The next day, when the shop called to find out why Dan hadn’t come in, Milton went to wake Daniel -- and found him dead.  I knew something was terribly wrong when Milton called me at work to come home immediately.   By the time I arrived home, the paramedics, fire trucks, and police cars lined our curb.  It looked like a crime scene.  Later, we found out this was customary when there is an unwitnessed death.

It took two weeks for the coroner’s report to come back. Daniel died from a bad reaction to the drugs Methadone and Valium.  Due to the amount in his body, death was ruled an accident.

Daniel was an avid backcountry snowboarder and his final resting place overlooks the snowcapped Mount Evans and his favorite, Loveland Pass.  We have encouraged memorial donations to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America in the hope that others will learn about the dangers of taking pharmaceuticals drugs without a doctor’s prescription.


This Memorial was created to commemorate a loved one's life and to let other families know they can turn to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids for help when struggling with their son or daughter's substance use. Please consider sharing this page to increase awareness of substance use disorders and to provide hope and healing for others.

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1. Rebecca Sik
I was sent here because I met Chuck on Instagram. He and I have become friends there. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Hopefully his death can bring some help to others who have experienced this type of tragedy. Hopefully his story will help prevent this from happening to someone else. There are no words that can bring true comfort but I hope my candle will let you know there are people out there in the world who really do care. God bless your family. My most sincere condolences. Rebecca Sik
2. Pat Aussem
Thank you for sharing your story about Daniel as it will help turn the tide with respect to knowledge about RX drug abuse. Loveland Pass is so beautiful - may he rest in peace in those beautiful mountains. Pat