Mr. Daniel Dean Gardner, age 47 of Marion, passed away unexpectedly after a hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer.

The son of Michael David Gardner and there late Judy Buchanan Gardner, he was born on December 02, 1971. In his high school days, Daniel loved to wrestle. He was quite good and became an all-state champion for his sport. Daniel was a lifetime fisherman, and among being an excellent cook, he was also known to be able to fix just about anything someone gave him. He was known as a wonderful and caring person, and is described by his children as the best father they could have ever asked for. Daniel's passing has saddened the hearts of all that knew him and he will be deeply missed.

Preceding Daniel in death, in addition to his mother, are his brother, David Gardner, and his daughter, Maggie Gardner.

Left to cherish his memory, in addition to his father, are his wife of twenty-three years, Holly Gardner, and four children, Jacob, Meghan, Olivia, and Sara Gardner. He also leaves behind a sister in law Rachel Hergenrother (Adam), and their children Ben and Gracie Hergenrother.

A Memorial service to celebrate Daniel's life will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 102 Andrews Place, Swannanoa, North Carolina 28778, with the Father Matt Leonard officiating.

The family will receive friends today (Friday, July 12, 2019), from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., at Beam Funeral Service.

A private inurnment will occur at a later date.

Beam Funeral Service & Crematory is assisting the Gardner family. For further information and/or to sign the online guestbook, please visit our website,, or call (828) 559-8111.

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