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Missing MSU Alum - Dan Bergman, 48 (Class of '97) Found Dead

Postby TheBud on Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:49 pm

Missing Bobcat Alum - Dan Bergman

My neighbor is missing since last Wednesday. He is a great guy. If anybody knows anything, his family misses him greatly. This is very unlike him.

Search On For Ferndale Man Missing Since March 14
• Wed, March 21, 2012
FERNDALE — Family and friends of Daniel Joseph Bergman are asking the community for help this week to find the 49-year-old Ferndale man, who has been missing since Wednesday, March 14.
According to the Ferndale Police Department, Bergman was last seen at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday at his residence in Ferndale. He is described as a white male, approximately 6’ 3”, 350 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.
Bergman’s keys and wallet were found at his home and there were no signs of a struggle. The investigation is ongoing at this time.
Anyone with information regarding Mr. Bergman’s whereabouts is asked to please contact the Ferndale Police Department at 360-384-3390 . The case is numbered 12F1119.
— Ferndale Record






Montana State University-Bozeman
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering
1994 – 1997

Engineering Intern - Pegasus Gold / Zortman Mining, (04/94 - 09/94).
Provided engineering and supervision for the construction of surface water containment, measurement, and recycle pumping systems. Collected, analyzed, and reported surface and ground water quality measurements to Environmental Engineering.

Engineering Intern - Lewis & Clark County Public Works, (06/95 - 09/95).
Provided research for development of County Road Markers and Mapping Database utilizing GPS and compatibility with ArcInfo GIS. Examined Certificates of Survey for easement and encroachment resolution.
Activities and Societies: ASCE Student Section President 1995-96

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Mechanical Engineering
1987 – 1989

Activities and Societies: ASME Student Section Junior Vice President 1987-88, ASME Student Section President 1988-89

Montana State University-Bozeman
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1981 – 1983

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Re: Missing Bobcat Alum - Dan Bergman

Postby TheBud on Thu Mar 29, 2012 12:24 am

Well, it is 2 weeks today and no sign of Dan. There have been searches, but no clues to his disappearance. There are rumors about things that led up to that evening as to why he left, but no indication of where he went.

I sure hope that we see him back in the neighborhood with his kids very soon, but as of yet there is no good news. He was a couple years ahead of me at MSU.

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Daniel Joseph BERGMAN, 05-23-1963, 6'3", 350 lbs.Brown hair and eyes, last seen wearing red "Polo" ski jacket, button up T-shirt, slacks and hiking boots.

Mr. Bergman was last seen at his home in northwest Ferndale on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at 9:30 p.m. It appears he left the house on foot and has not been seen or heard from since. His ID, cell phone, money and other personal items were all left at home.

If you have seen Mr. Bergman, or have any helpful information on his whereabouts, please contact the Ferndale Police Department at 360-384-3390 or, if after hours, 360-676-6911 .

Dan Bergman
father, friend, and husband

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Re: Missing Bobcat Alum - Dan Bergman

Postby CatBlitz on Thu Mar 29, 2012 12:28 am

Sorry to hear this :(
Always sad to put yourself in that situation. Best of luck my friend.
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Re: Missing Bobcat Alum - Dan Bergman

Postby TheBud on Thu Mar 29, 2012 12:33 am



For my Whatcom County friends: a family friend of ours, Dan Bergman, is missing. He was last seen Wednesday, March 14th at 9:30 pm, and his wife realized he was gone at 8:00 am on Thursday, March 15th. A police report has been filed with the Ferndale Police. Dan did not take anything with him (keys, phone, etc.). It appears that he left voluntarily, and we are concerned that he intended to harm himself. If you saw him Wednesday night/early Thursday morning, please contact the Ferndale Police. Please share this information and his pictures along Facebook to spread the word to the Ferndale and Whatcom County community. Please, do not make or post flyers (we're trying to protect Dan's children from as much of this traumatic event as possible).

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Re: Update: Bobcat Alum - Dan Bergman Found Dead

Postby TheBud on Sat May 12, 2012 10:24 am

Dan Bergman's body was found Thursday. It is quite apparent that he had committed suicide. There had been plenty of speculation as to this likely outcome and many rumors as to why.

Apparently, his wife had presented him with divorce papers on the evening of his disappearance. Unfortunately, Dan decided this was the way to leave his children and friends. It is too bad that he felt this was his only choice.

He was a great guy that will be missed by very many. My heart goes out to his children, family, and friends.

Dan Bergman rest in peace.

Here are the latest news stories:


Body Found In Nooksack River, Ferndale
Posted: Friday, 11 May 2012 6:19AM
KGMI News Reporting
Joe Teehan

FERNDALE, Wash. -- Law enforcement officers are investigating after a body was found in the Nooksack River near Ferndale.

Whatcom County Sheriff Sgt. Kevin Meade says Lummi Natural Resource Officers discovered the body of an adult male in the river at about 3:30 yesterday afternoon near the 5100 block of Ferndale Road.

The remains were turned over to the county medical examiner to determine identity and a cause of death.


Body of missing Ferndale man found in Nooksack River
Posted: 12:20pm on May 11, 2012; Modified: 1:25pm on May 11, 2012

FERNDALE — A Ferndale man who had been missing for nearly two months was found dead in the Nooksack River on Thursday afternoon, May 10.

The body of Daniel Joseph Bergman was discovered about 3:30 p.m. by officers with Lummi Natural Resources near the 5100 block of Ferndale Road, on the edge of Hovander Homestead Park. said Whatcom County Sheriff’s Sgt. Kevin Mede.

The death was ruled a suicide by Whatcom County Medical Examiner Gary Goldfogel following a Friday morning autopsy.

Bergman, 48, had last been seen at his house on Birdseye Court at 9:30 p.m. March 14, according to the Ferndale Police Department. It appeared he walked away, leaving behind his cell phone, ID and money. The river is about 2 miles from his home.

Bergman drowned, Goldfogel said. His identity was confirmed through dental records.

Missing Ferndale Man Found Dead In River

KGMI News Reporting
Alex Gray

FERNDALE, Wash. -- The body found in the Nooksack River near Hovander has been identified as a Ferndale man missing for almost two months.

Lieutenant Bill Hatchet with Ferndale Police says 48-year-old Daniel Bergman’s body was found yesterday afternoon.

Hatchet says the Medical Examiner ruled the death a suicide.

He says Bergman drowned.

Bergman was reported missing March 14 when he apparently left his Ferndale home on foot leaving behind his cell phone, ID and money.
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Re: Update: Bobcat Alum - Dan Bergman Found Dead

Postby Proud Griz Man on Sat May 12, 2012 1:52 pm

Sad news. :cry: :cry: :( :( My condolences to his friends and family.
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Re: Update: Bobcat Alum - Dan Bergman Found Dead

Postby TIrwin24 on Mon May 14, 2012 7:02 am

This is a sad event. Ferndale is my hometown and with how small it is, an event like this shocks everybody to their core.

My thoughts go out to his family and friends.

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Re: Update: Bobcat Alum - Dan Bergman Found Dead

Postby TheBud on Mon May 14, 2012 1:54 pm


Dan was at a couple of the Bellingham Cat/Griz parties. I see that he was born in Havre.

The funeral will be Wednesday.

Funeral Services and Obituary information:

http://jernsfuneralchapel.frontrunnerpr ... =dpaneOnly

There are links to post condolences, tributes, stories, and pictures.

Obituary for Daniel Bergman
Dan J Bergman, 48, passed away on March 15, 2012 in Ferndale, Washington. He was born in Havre, Montana on May 23, 1963 to Harold and Donna Bergman.

Dan was an accomplished athlete and led Chinook High School to numerous victories and state championships in wrestling and football. He went to Montana State University-Bozeman on an athletic scholarship and earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering, graduating in 1997.

While at MSU, Dan met Michelle Boyer whom he later married on June 1, 1996 in Story, WY. They moved to Littleton, CO and lived there for the next eight years. The two of them loved to camp, go on long hikes, and ride their tandem bicycle. He worked as a Project Manager for Timewarner Telecom until they moved to Ferndale, WA in 2004 with their two young children, Henry and Alice. Dan had lived in the Pacific Northwest in the early 1990s and was happy to be back in the land he loved.

It wasn’t long after relocating to Ferndale that Dan took a job as a Structural Engineer and later became a Project Manager for Anvil Corporation where he stayed until his death. He was actively involved in the American Society of Civil Engineers and the International Bridge Building Competition. He took pride in his work and the opportunity to contribute to his profession.

Dan was also involved in the community and greatly enjoyed his role with the KOMO Kulshan Ski Club, as a board member of his homeowner’s association, and a past coordinator of the bike/canoe hand-off of Ski to Sea.

Anyone who knew Dan knew how much he loved his children, Henry and Alice. True to his engineering background, he could break any task down into manageable pieces and was skilled at teaching the kids how to do things – how to use a fork at the dining table, how to read, how to change a bike tire, or how to build a campfire. He was immensely proud of Henry and Alice and his biggest smiles were always saved for them. Dan took great joy in family outings and loved to ski, explore tide pools, attend basketball games, camp, and boat with his family.

Dan is survived by his wife, Michelle, and his two children, Henry and Alice. Also surviving are his parents, Harold and Donna Bergman, and his two sisters, Susan and Tammy Bergman. He will be greatly missed.

Bellingham Herald:
Dan Bergman
Dan Bergman entered into rest on March 15, 2012 in Ferndale, WA. Please sign the Book of Memories, light a candle and leave your condolences for the family at http://www.jernsfuneralchapel.net/. Jerns Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services, Ferndale, WA

Published in Bellingham Herald on May 15, 2012

Body Recovered From Nooksack Is Missing Ferndale Man

Mark Reimers • Wed, May 16, 2012
Daniel Joseph Bergman went missing on March 14

  FERNDALE — The body discovered in the Nooksack River Thursday has been determined to be that of Daniel Joseph Bergman, according to dental records compared during an autopsy by Medical Examiner Dr. Gary Goldfogel.
  Bergman, 49, of Ferndale, had been missing since 9:30 p.m. on March 14. His keys and wallet were found at his home at the time he went missing.
  According to a report from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, the discovery was made near Hovander Homestead Park at about 3:30 p.m. by Lummi Natural Resource officers who were traveling the river.
  Sheriff’s deputies and officers with the Ferndale Police Department responded to the 5100 block of Ferndale Road and determined that the body had been under water for a significant length of time.
  No identification was initially available for the body and it was referred to the medical examiner, who identified Bergman and ruled it a suicide death by drowning.
  Ferndale Police lieutenant Bill Hatchett said the discovery hopefully will help the family along in its healing process.
  “Hopefully, this gives closure for the family,” Hatchett said.
  Email Mark Reimers at news@ferndalerecord.com. — Ferndale Record
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