Edwin Henry Danenhauer Jr.

June 7, 1943November 5, 2018

Ed Danenhauer passed away on November 5, 2018 in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Ed was raised in Clifton, Arizona. He proudly attended the University of Arizona, and then earned a law degree from Hastings College of Law. Ed was then commissioned as a JAG Officer in the United States Navy. After separating from the Navy, Ed spent his career working as a certified public accountant. He spent the majority of his adult life in San Diego. Ed had a huge heart and had a passion for giving. He loved San Diego and it was important to him to give back to the community he loved so much. He served on numerous boards for a variety of organizations including the La Jolla Rotary, YMCA of San Diego, Parkinson’s Association of San Diego, San Diego Hospice and Palliative Care, and ScrippsHealth. In addition to giving, Ed had a few other loves we want to share. Ed loved the San Diego Padres. As a long-time season ticket holder he often would take his kids to games at Jack Murphy and later Petco Park. Ed also loved dogs, especially Corgis. He had three Corgi’s over the span of many years in San Diego. And we can’t forget the flip flops. He could be found working in shorts and flip flops most days of the week. Ed had a wonderful sense of humor, but took joys in the simple things. He didn’t need to be the center of attention. His greatest joy was his kids and grandkids. He loved visiting his kids while they were in college, and as they grew, he cherished the time together where he could just sit and watch his kids and grandkids interact and have fun with each other, often during trips to his time share in Palm Desert. He had an inquisitive nature and an open mind to trying new things. Such as hiking, learning about nature, conservation, and the ecosystems where his family lived. He took to heart the issues facing each of his loved ones in their perspective towns. He was well liked by most who knew him because of his inherent interest in them which penetrated beyond superficial boundaries.

Ed is survived by his three children, Craig Danenhauer and his wife Nicole and children, Leif, Annika and Xander; Kari Larese and husband Stefan and their two children Ryan and Jordan; and Mark Danenhauer and wife Karen and their two children Aster and Bodhi.

When you remember Ed, we hope you remember his smile and that twinkle in his eye. It’s how we knew how proud he was of his family.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to dad’s favorite organization – La Jolla Rotary. Rotary truly meant the world to dad.

Donations can be made to: La Jolla Rotary Foundation Avenues of Service Fund P.O. Box 525 La Jolla, CA 92058

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. And as his grandkids want to add, Grandpa was a GOAT (Greatest of all Time).


Edwin Henry Danenhauer Jr.

have a memory or condolence to add?

Aster Danenhauer

December 17, 2018

He was my grandpa. I remember how he loved to take us to baseball games and have picnics together. I will never forget my grandpa.

Gordon "Zeke" Knight

November 28, 2018

Ed and I became friends through the Rotary Club of La Jolla when I first arrived in San Diego in 1987. We worked together often on various boards, committees and community projects. We both became presidents of our Rotary Club and also served as presidents at the La Jolla YMCA. Working together bonded our admiration and respect for one another.

My wife, Ellen and I enjoyed his company, especially around the holidays. We still cherish the “Ho, Ho, Ho” pillow he gave us 15 years ago, and I always wear his festive Christmas baseball hat during the holidays.

Eventually Ed, with his dog Tommy, moved to Salt Lake City to be closer to his children. After a few years, he settled into a retirement home in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. We were fortunate to visit with him annually over the next few years always enjoying his sense of humor and twinkling eyes.

I consider Ed one of my very best friends and will miss his wise counsel and infectious smile. He was a man you could count on and turn to for help. I only wish we could have seen more of each other the last few years. Ed enriched the lives of all who knew him; and, he will be missed.