Robert Daniel "Dan" Bodvarsson

December 20, 1977 - April 8, 2019
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Robert Daniel “Dan” Bodvarsson of Alameda, California, died Monday, April 8, 2019, at the age of 41. Dan leaves behind his beloved wife, Morgan Jenkins Bodvarsson; sons Robert Gudmundur “Rob” Bodvarsson, 4, and Stefan Joseph “Stef” Bodvarsson, 13 months; mother and stepfather Mary and Travis Pratt; siblings Hannah and Caleb Pratt and Erik Ma; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins in the U.S., Iceland and Sweden. His father, Gudmundur Svavar “Bo” Bodvarsson, preceded him in death.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dan graduated from El Cerrito High School, where he excelled as an athlete. He especially loved soccer, baseball, tennis and golf. Several injuries kept him from competing at a higher level, but he never lost his love of sports, and was an avid supporter of the Golden State Warriors in particular.

Dan had far more friends than the average person, and they rushed to his side when his father died in 2006. Dan married the love of his life, Morgan, in 2013 in Lewes, Delaware, and they soon started a family in Alameda. Dan loved his sons more than life, and he made sure they had as many experiences as he could give them. When Rob was a baby, Dan worked evenings so he could care for Rob while Morgan worked days. When he returned to work, his mother, mother-in-law and sister stepped in, allowing for the family interactions that Dan loved.

Dan adored his three younger siblings, and greatly enjoyed playing the role of big brother. He spent several years in the early 2000s in his mother’s native North Carolina to be near his family, and was happy when they returned to the East Bay after the birth of son Rob.

Dan was very proud of his Icelandic heritage, and had both U.S. and Icelandic citizenship. He loved visiting his dad’s family and friends in Iceland, and hosting them when they visited California. He treasured his Icelandic family, and maintained especially close ties with his cousins.

Those who knew Dan quickly understood that his main goal was to make his family and friends happy, and he worked hard to do so.

A connoisseur of food, wine and beer, Dan did much of the cooking for the family, and shared his love of food preparation with son Rob. A favorite activity was to make pasta from scratch, letting Rob turn the handle of the pasta machine. Dan was a Level-1 sommelier and he and Morgan were early members of Alameda’s Rock Wall wine club. Dan also loved to explore the cuisine of such countries as Cuba, Italy and Sardinia, bringing back new recipes, spices and condiments, which he incorporated into his own cooking.

Dan had an insatiable thirst for knowledge and maintained an extensive library of books and podcasts. He loved entering into discussions about the day’s events, or sports news, and enjoyed playing devil’s advocate.

Before becoming a realtor with Barbagelata Real Estate Group, Dan was a longtime bartender in the East Bay. It was during his years at Raleigh’s Bar and Grill and Henry’s, both in Berkeley, and Penelope Bar & Lounge in Oakland, that he established lifelong friendships with so many.

There will be a celebration of life for Dan on Saturday, April 20, at 10 a.m., at Epworth UMC, 1953 Hopkins St, Berkeley, CA 94707. A GoFundMe account has been set up in Dan’s name for his family at https://www.gofundme.com/dan-bodvarsson-memorial-fund.

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Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019

Time: 10:00 am

Epworth United Methodist Church


1953 Hopkins Street
Berkeley, CA 94707

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Born: December 20, 1977
Died: April 8, 2019

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Denise Douglas posted on 4/23/19

My deepest and sincere condolences. Words alone cannot ease the pain when suffering the loss of a loved one. The Bible can offer comfort when dealing with such painful times. It offers hope as brought out at Revelation 21:4. There we see how the many things in life that cause us pain, including death, will be removed forever. We also have the comfort in knowing that we have the opportunity of seeing those we have lost to the enemy death, once again, by means of the resurrection as brought out at Acts 24:15. Please do find solace in this.


pam posted on 4/20/19

Mary and family, this is such heartbreaking news. I still remember him as a lanky teenager, full of energy and athleticism and a love of life. He'll always be present in the hearts of his children and wife and all who knew and loved him. That smile says it all. I know your family and friends will draw in a circle of love around you to ease the pain. Sending love and hugs and memories. May he play in the fields of heaven.


Hilary Brown posted on 4/20/19

My cousin Daniel.... I will never forget your laugh, your smile, your incredible personality. In a crowded room, your presence, was the one to stand out. You’ll forever be remembered, cherished, and loved! May you now be rejoicing, as you reunite with family and loved ones in paradise! Jesus be with you, until we meet again. I sincerely love you.


laura Esperanza surls posted on 4/20/19

We are so saddened by the loss of the wonderful and ebullient Dan! I have many happy memories of laughing and jesting and eating delicious food with him. I was also always struck by his loyalty and commitment to family.


Marilee Bailey posted on 4/20/19

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Marilee Bailey posted on 4/20/19

I’m so, so sorry for your loss. I knew Daniel as a young boy when I worked with his father, Bo in the Earth Sciences Division at Berkeley Lab. I’m delighted to learn that Daniel grew into a fine man; an athlete like his father; a loving husband and dad; and a proud Icelandic citizen. He will be missed by many.


Heather Britt posted on 4/20/19

Morgan, Mary, Travis & family, I am saying a pray for you all. I pray for you to be comforted in this storm and surround yourselves with beautiful memories of the good person Daniel was. He certainly lead a life deserving of being celebrated. -Heather Britt & family


Nancie Hughes posted on 4/20/19

My sincere condolences on your great loss. May you all be surrounded with love.


Bobby & Jane Gibson posted on 4/19/19

Morgan, Mary and family Wish we could be there with you all to celebrate Daniel's life. Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time. May God comfort you and bring you peace. Love Bobby & Jane