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Daniel J. Olmsted: Obituary

Dan headshot for bookBelow is the obituary posted on the site of the Fairfax Memorial Funeral home. We invite you to leave a message there.  We share your grief. Thank you for your emails, prayers and kind words. We hope you will join us in March to celebrate Dan's life.  If you would like to make a tax deductible donation in Dan's name by check:  Autism Age PO Box 110546 Trumbull CT 06611.  Or use the secure payment button on this site. Thank you. Kim

Link to Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home

Daniel James Olmsted passed away in Falls Church, VA on January 23, 2017. Dan is survived by his beloved spouse, Mark Milett and sister Rosamund McDonel Augsburgnd. He is predeceased by both of his parents, Robert and Catherine (Hatfield) Olmsted, and his sister Sara Vana.

The family will be receiving guests from 1-2p.m. with a celebration of Daniel's life following at the Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home at 2p.m. on Saturday, March 18. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his name to the Age of Autism, .


Ricky Barnes

I was so honored to interview Dan and Mark B, for a film I was making about Mercury (50 Cents A Dose). The work they've done (and are still doing) brings light into this dark and damaged world. The character of Dan's spirit was quite evident, in that short moment when I, luckily, got to share a bit of space with him. The world is a poorer place without you, Dan. God's peace to your family, and thanks for your awesome work in the world!

Granny Blue

Beyond grief. He kept me going. I skipped a couple of Age of Autism's because I was concentrating on a letter to someone in a power position who was bullying my grandson who is in my care. Very carefully. So shocked to check back. How could I go on. Dan would say you must. So I did it. The letter, I think , is great. Told my husband my own letter is genius. Now to grief. Oh God, this can't have happened. Sorry you guys who were so close. So sorry. Granny Blue.


Thank you from our family. So much information. So much we all shared.
Such a loss.


Age of Autism and Dan Olmsted has been a great source of information for me since my son was diagnosed. I have followed since the very beginning. It hurts to lose someone in the Autism community. My heart hurts for his family and friends. Thank you for all you have done and we will continue to support Age of Autism.


I'm kinda new here, and don't really understand everything, but if AoA is Dan's legacy, then we've lost a GOOD MAN, and a GOOD AMERICAN. Rest in PEACE, Dan Olmsted, R.I.P./


My gratitude is deep for Mr. Olmsted who used his gifts to be a champion of a generation in the face of all odds. His writing gave multitudes a voice only his gifted intelligence could express for us so aptly. My regret is not ever commenting to let him know my gratitude for his advocacy and helping give a sometimes beleaguered individual to keep pushing too. My sincerest condolences to his loved ones. The loss of someone so amazing is especially unfair.


Dan you were always a ray of sunshine even when we were in a sea of despair. I will never forget your support, your kind words, and you dedication to a cause you could have walked away from, but did not. There are no words for our grief and our gratitude for all you have done. Rest assured, you will never be forgotten.
Thank you! I hope your family finds peace in the great work you have done and that you were loved by so many.

Samantha Hink

Thank you ~ from an autism mom you gave hope to. God give your family strength , we got this. We will never stop fighting for our kids...for our cause. God bless. <3 Samantha Vanreymersdal Hink

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