The Life of Daniel Ahlquist
Ahlquist had an affinity for intricate tie-dyeing techniques, gourmet bread, crossword puzzles and taking long baths in his bathtub. He is survived by his wife Nina Rodriguez and daughter Esmeralda Ahlquist as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
He was an instructor who cared deeply about each and every one of his students, using an engaging teaching style that made readings legible while keeping class entertaining with personal anecdotes.
Early Life and Education
Ahlquist’s research examines the socio-material dimensions of land, with particular focus on how individuals and social groups interact with both nature and one another. She is currently involved with projects examining land development, conservation and environmental justice in rural northern Thailand.
Her teaching and service activities include advising the Spartan Food Security Council, developing first-year student writing courses, and fostering civic engagement through DukeImmerse and DukeEngage programs with regard to sustainability-focused civic engagement activities. She also leads a community based learning project with MSU student organic farm.
Ahlquist was an unsinkable spirit whose courage and generosity of spirit inspired those he came in contact with. He leaves behind his beloved Ma, four siblings with their spouses, 14 nieces and nephews and many cousins and friends; to honor his memory we request donations be made in his name to the ALS Association.
Ahlquist served with distinction in the Air National Guard as a flight engineer for both 53rd and 189th Airlift Squadrons before finding his calling as a journalist at Willmar Tribune.
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He is an incredible teacher, motivator, and person. His classes are lively, well-rounded, and fun; his difficult topics are taught humorously with engaging instruction style; plus students receive high quality assignments!
Achievement and Honors
Ahlquist was best-known as an author of “Homology, Genes and Evolutionary Innovation”, an influential book that revolutionized research into evolutionary developmental biology. Additionally, he founded palaeoecology as a field and pioneered using fossil preservation to study both evolutionary history and ecology.
James Madison College faculty adviser of Spartan Food Security Council. Additionally, he hopes to collaborate with MSU Student Organic Farm on campus for place-based learning experiences.
He enjoyed reading, creating crossword puzzles and cooking gourmet meals – as well as telling dad jokes to his family. Nina Rodriguez and Esmeralda Ahlquist survive him along with many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Ahlquist was an avid family man who relished going to the zoo, creating intricately tie-dyed T-shirts, and cracking dad jokes. Additionally, he enjoyed foodie adventures, crossword puzzles, and homemade bread – among many other pursuits.
He has served on various community boards and committees, such as the Family Advocates Board and Treasure Valley Leadership Alliance. Additionally, he sat on the YMCA Board and participated in Boys & Girls Club of Ore-Ida Council activities.
Ahlquist is an outstanding teacher who takes great care to engage his students through engaging anecdotes and insightful observations in his classes, making the mountains of reading easier to bear. Additionally, he’s keen on working closely with the Spartan Food Security Council on creating place-based learning opportunities.
Ahlquist is a commercial real estate developer and entrepreneur who has created several health care-related buildings in Meridian and Boise. As CEO of Ball Ventures Ahlquist (BVA), which currently has several projects under construction such as Ten Mile Crossing and Central Valley Plaza, Ahlquist also owns a business that provides defibrillator services in public places.
He was an active philanthropist and served on many community boards. In 2016, he ran as the Republican primary candidate in Idaho gubernatorial race and finished third behind Raul Labrador and eventual Governor Brad Little; his favorite pastimes included tie-dyed shirts, crossword puzzles and dad jokes. Nina Rodriguez survives him along with their son Esmeralda Ahlquist as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.