Remembering Daniel C. Wiseman, 1953-2023

Family and friends are remembering Daniel C. Wiseman, and sharing this remembrance with his community:

Daniel Calvin Wiseman
April 2, 1953 – February 17, 2023

Daniel C. Wiseman passed away peacefully on February 17, 2023, in West Seattle after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Dan was born in Madison, South Dakota, on April 2, 1953, to parents Austin ‘Cal’ and Joyce Wiseman. He was the second oldest in a family of six children. When Dan was just four months old, the young family moved to Seattle. Dan graduated from Evergreen High School in 1971 and attended South Seattle College.

Dan grew up working in the family business, learning the trade from his parents. He eventually purchased the still-operating Wiseman Appliance of West Seattle’s Admiral District in 1981. As the owner of Wiseman Appliance, he was a valued member of the Nationwide West Marketing Group. He belonged to the group so that he could bring more value to his customers. He also served as a long-time member of the board. Dan was very generous with his time, talent, and philanthropic donations to the West Seattle Community he loved. Dan was a past chairman of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, West Seattle Anti-Crime Council, and the Mayor’s Small Business Task Force. He was past president of the West Seattle Jaycees and his condominium’s HOA board. He received the Mayor’s Small Business Award in 1994.

Dan loved to play golf, travel to Alaska for fishing trips, travel the world, and make frequent trips to Las Vegas with his good friends. Dan loved gatherings with family and friends, and taking in the ever-changing views from his Alki condo. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and loved ones.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by daughter Christina (Philip) Larsen and their daughter Brooklyn of Sammamish. He is also survived by his five siblings: Paula (Billy) Small of Renton, and brothers Stephen of Kirkland, Craig of Shelton, Scott (Theresa) of Seattle, and Mark of Des Moines. In addition, he is survived by his many nieces, nephews, and cousins, and his longtime companion Dolores Smith.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center for their care and support.

Arrangements entrusted to Emmick Family Funeral Home. Please share your memories of Dan at: The site will also list the date and other details of the upcoming celebration of his life.

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11 Replies to "Remembering Daniel C. Wiseman, 1953-2023"

  • Forest February 24, 2023 (10:07 am)

    RIP Dan. He and at least two generations of his family have been pillars of Admiral’s and West Seattle’s locally owned and operated businesses. I think his brother Steve took over the appliance store when Dan retired due to his cancer.  

  • J February 24, 2023 (12:05 pm)

    Condolences to the family. Great family and store in WS. 

  • beanie February 24, 2023 (12:21 pm)

    I had the pleasure of getting to know Dan through our industry and he was always someone I enjoyed talking to. He made our community a better place and will be missed.

  • Megan Sheppard February 24, 2023 (12:49 pm)

    The Sheppards and the Wisemans have been interlinked in both business  (Dad and Cal owned some rental houses together) and friendship  for over sixty years.  Though my older sisters didn’t know Dan,  I did,  and I appreciated his business skills and his warm smile.  We Sheppard girls send our thoughts to the family. We know that Dan is up there having a good time over coffee with the old Benbow gang.

  • HL February 24, 2023 (2:29 pm)

    We wish that Dan’s retirement meant that he had time for more fun, not that he was battling cancer. So sorry to hear about his early passing. He sold us all of our appliances and even installed a few! It was always a pleasure to interact with him. 

  • Emcat8 February 24, 2023 (9:47 pm)

    I am so sorry to hear this. When I remodeled my kitchen, I got most of my stuff there and he was so helpful and patient with a total appliance and construction newbie. My condolences to his family. 

  • Matt Haze Doran February 25, 2023 (8:14 am)

    My father worked for Cal and Dan for many years; they were good businessmen and good people. Dan hardly aged as the years wore on, partly due to his positive outlook and optimism. He will be missed by all of us on the peninsula. Rest in peace. Haze Doran

  • tim February 25, 2023 (9:16 am)

    My four burner is still going strong. Thank you Dan!

  • Admiral Customer February 25, 2023 (10:19 am)

    Sorry to hear this. I have purchased several appliances from Wiseman’s since first moving to Admiral in ‘93. They are always helpful and willing to work with me on my tight budget. I highly recommend making your next purchase at Wiseman’s. Business like this are the best part of the West Seattle experience.  

  • Kristi Mandt February 25, 2023 (3:06 pm)

    Dan was a very close friend of mine; I first met him in 1990 through the West Seattle Chamber.  He always had a good attitude and was always willing to go the extra mile.  Great sense of humor and very kind.  I will greatly miss him.  He loved his family, friends and the West Seattle community. 

  • Carol Shorett March 4, 2023 (1:09 pm)


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