Daniel Lee “Danny” Foster, formerly of Elkins, passed away October 8, 2023 in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. He was born on August 21, 1964, the second son of Arlin C. “Pete” Foster and LaRue Byers Foster.
Danny was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, Opel and Gideon Earl Foster of Elkins and Olen and Esta Byers of Decatur, Arkansas.
Danny is survived by sister Marsha Foster of Rogers, Arkansas and a brother Steve Foster of Greenland, Arkansas.
Danny was an avid fisherman and spent hours along the White River, behind his boyhood home, dreaming of the day he would own a bass boat so he could catch bigger fish (some of would end up on his wall).
Danny was naturally right-handed but Arlin insisted he throw a baseball left- handed. Many days were spent in Danny’s youth with him throwing a baseball left-handed as his father worked on his mechanics, and his brother Steve, the catcher, all in an attempt to get Danny to the Major Leagues, as left-handed pitchers hang around the Majors, longer than their right-handed counterparts.
Danny could hit a baseball a country mile. Many times, during baseball games, Danny would pitch to his best friend, David Brink, while providing his own run-support, by jacking homers into the stratosphere. Danny and David had a relationship that outpaced mere friendships. They were brothers. During one baseball game, Danny was two-for-two, with 10 runs batted in. Danny had hit two grand slams and the opponents walked him with the bases loaded, twice.
While playing football for Elkins, Danny saved the first undefeated-untied season in Elkins football history when on the last series of the game, he sacked, his future friend, Brent Hutchins, three straight times, despite Brent telling all of his teammates who they needed to block on the next play. We can rest assured, that Danny has a fishing rod in his hand, enticing a big bass to snap at his spinner bait. Growing up, in such a fisherman family, Danny would always remember when he, and his grandfather Earl, were fishing a pond, when it began to rain. These two avid fisherman, returned to the truck not pulling their lines out of the water, and letting out line. Both had bites, and pulled fish to the bank, and waited for the rain to stop. The joke in the family was “why did you wait for the rain to stop before baiting the hook?”
Danny was a Master Electrician working for EDH Electric in Mt. Pleasant, Texas for 34 years. It was his brother, Steve, who arranged for Danny to have a job working for an electrical company wiring Bell Engineering on the campus of the University of Arkansas in 1985. Little did we know that that one instance would lead to a career for Danny. He made the best of it, as he would always do.
Danny’s ashes will be committed to nature along the White River where Danny spent so many hours fishing, at a later date, with close friends in attendance. Danny had one blood-brother. That brother, had to write this, in honor of his brother.