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Daniel Balcom

September 9, 1977 — August 17, 2023


Daniel Robert Balcom, 45, passed away at his home in Bismarck, ND on August 17, 2023.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 12:30 PM, Friday, August 25, at Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, 519 Raymond St. Bismarck. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 pm, Thursday, August 24, at Cathedral of the Holy Spirit. A vigil will be held at 7:00 PM.

A service livestream will be made available for viewing by Cathedral of the Holy Spirit at the following link:

Burial will be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Daniel was born on September 9, 1977, in Bismarck, ND to James and Sara Balcom – the second child, with an older sister, Jessi.  He graduated from Bismarck High School in 1996.  In 2016, Daniel had a beautiful son, Jacob, who was and continued to be the source of his greatest joy and pride.

Daniel worked many jobs in the food service industry.  His bright smile and welcoming personality made him a natural bartender and server. He got his start at the Jade Garden as a line cook when he was in high school, working next to his good friends Karl and Eric.  He also waited tables at the family-owned Peacock Alley with all his cousins.  The last couple years he worked as a waiter at The Walrus with some good friends who he loved.    

Some of Daniel’s proudest moments came while being at Hope Manor Sober Living Home.  He lived in Hope Manor from June 2020 to April 2022.  During his time there he went from resident to trusted senior member to volunteer resident manager.  His love for people, his hunger for recovery at the time, and his heart of service showed that he was a natural leader. 

Daniel was a very talented artist.  Not only could he draw and paint wonderful, magical things, he was also a beautiful writer who could put his feelings into words.  He was a performer – a self-taught juggler.  He loved bikes, music, photography, plants, rocks, bugs, cats, fish, weird T-shirts, stickers – not necessarily in that order. Daniel’s greatest love was his son, Jacob.  He truly enjoyed people and being with others.  He had the unique ability to see the beauty in all people and everyone around him could feel it.  Everyone always hoped to see Daniel wherever they went.  His family and friends will miss him dearly.   

Daniel is survived by his son, Jacob Ernesto Balcom; father, James (Sue) Balcom; mother, Sara Balcom; sister, Jessica (John) Heidrich; stepsister, Claire (Jason) Barnhard; stepbrother, Adam (Kelsey) Bartholomew; nieces and nephews, Daniel James Balcom, Elle Waldoch, Audenia Barnhard, Lucy, Oliver, and Finley Bartholomew.

Daniel is preceded in death by his grandparents, Mary Agnes and Curtiss Balcom and Mary and Robert Hixson; cousin, Lisa Moltzen.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hope Manor Foundation, PO Box 1301, Bismarck, ND 58502,

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, August 24, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Cathedral of the Holy Spirit

519 Raymond St, Bismarck, ND 58501


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A vigil service will begin at 7:00 PM.

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Friday, August 25, 2023

12:30 - 1:30 pm (Central time)

Cathedral of the Holy Spirit

519 Raymond St, Bismarck, ND 58501

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