EAST RANDOLPH, Vermont — Dan Nephi Hostetter, 57, was born September 11, 1955, the fourth of six children to Warren G. Hostetter and Edith Christine Renner.
Dan passed away in his home in East Randolph, Vermont on November 27, 2012 after complications from a falling accident.
Dan was a fifth-generation member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He grew up at the family home in the Mormon Settlement of Richfield, Colorado. When Dan was 6 years old, the family started spending the summers at the Sawmill near the La Jara Reservoir, Colorado. This became a virtual paradise for four adventuresome boys. Countless hours were spent exploring, shooting BB guns, riding Tote Goats, playing on the sawdust pile and just being free. With an unlimited amount of scrap lumber and nails, Dan began a lifetime of dreaming, creating and building.
Shortly after his first marriage, Dan built a home for his family in Richfield and he continued to remodel and improve each home that they lived in until the recent completion of the remodeling of the family home in East Randolph, Vermont. In high school, Dan was active in sports playing football, basketball and baseball. At the age of 19, he accepted a mission call to Mexico and served from October 1974 to October 1976 as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Upon receiving an honorable release, Dan returned home for a short time and then took a job in Salt Lake City. There he met and married Catherine Darling on March 11, 1977 in the Salt Lake Temple. To this union were born five beautiful children, Christopher (and late wife Ali Cole) of Bountiful, Utah; Brant (wife Carilee Cook and grandchildren Anthony and Marcus) of Salt Lake City, Utah; Brock of Salt Lake City, Utah; Kimberly of Laguna Niguel, California; and Aubrey (and grandchild Lily Rain) of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dan spent the first part of his professional career as an Expediter and then a Master Scheduler at Sperry Rand, Wicat, and then Racore, all in manufacturing computers. For a short time he became a self-employed consulter for various Fortune 500 companies and then took a job at Future Electronics, a worldwide company where he became the number one salesman for the entire company.
On July 21, 1993, after separation and divorce, Dan married Laurie Nichols in the Salt Lake Temple. To this union were born three beautiful children, David, Warren and Sera. After this second marriage, Dan started Pulitzer Mortgage and several other businesses including Super EBuy.com, an online merchandising business. Dan has served for many years in his Church in many different callings including Scout Master, Deacons Quorum Advisor, Young Men’s President, Lay Minister for the Salt Lake City Jails, High Priest Group Leader, Councilor in two Bishoprics, and High Councilor. Dan was also a very talented writer, authoring several books including, “The Hideously Ugly Christmas Coat”, “The Christmas Wreath”, and “The Christmas Doves”. The most important thing in Dan’s life was his family and the desire to have them for eternity.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 1 at the South Royalton Ward in South Royalton, Vermont. On Wednesday, December 5, a second funeral service will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Imperial First Ward Chapel. Burial will be in the Wasatch Lawn Cemetery in Salt Lake City, Utah.