Daniel Esposito passed away Friday August 24, 2012 at his home in Manhattan Beach with his family at his side. Daniel was born in Utica, New York on April 11, 1925 and was the first child of Daniel and Sarah Esposito. He faithfully served our nation during World War II in the US Navy from 1943 - 1946. In 1948, he moved to Los Angeles and graduated from UCLA in 1952. He earned his Master's Degree in Public Health from CSU Northridge. He married Joan Grisez on April 21, 1963 in Patterson, CA and moved to Manhattan Beach the same year. Daniel worked as a health inspector for the county of Los Angeles for 37 years and retired in 1989. Daniel enjoyed watching sports, following politics, listening to the radio and taking it easy. He was known by his friends as "Spear" for his ability to sprint fast. He was survived by his wife Joan Esposito of Manhattan Beach; his sister Carmela Mahlstedt of North Hills, CA; his four children - Gena Esposito, Daniel Jr. Esposito, Patrice Tracy and Dave Esposito along with his three grandchildren Aiden, Dane and Paige Esposito; his nephew and niece Gary and Lisa Mahlstedt; and his Uncle Ralph Ruggiero of Van Nuys. Funeral services will be held at 9am on Thursday August 30 at American Martyrs Church.

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  1. We are so sorry for your loss. We remember our time together with great fondness. Our prayers are with you today as always.

  2. We are truly saddened with the loss of Spear. Since Joe and Spear were both born in their grandmothers bed in Utica, they share a special bond. Spear will always hold a special place in our hearts.

  3. Dad, I will always miss you. You were such a wonderful dad. I consider myself truly lucky to have been your son. I will always miss the time we spent together just sitting and watching TV. I always just loved spending time with you. I will miss watching Dodger and Angel games with you. I will miss you when we go out for birthday dinners and at Christmas time when we would have family meals. I will miss Tuesday night dinners with you or simply going over on a Saturday and sitting with you for a few hours and watching golf, college football or just talking. You set such a good example of how to live as an honest, kind, considerate, charitable, humble, loving person. You were always so nice to me. Thank you for being such a good dad! Love, Dave

  4. Dear Joan and family, I know that this is a very sad time for all of you and my mother Lena and I feel the loss too. I always remember Spear as such a gentle man, never speaking badly of anyone, I always admired his patience and kindness. When I was very young, I use to fly to Calif. with my Grandpa Spina when my Aunt lived in Torrance and went to vist Aunt Sarah and Uncle Dan almost every day. I was so happy as a 13 year old visiting family that use to live in Utica. Joan, you and Danny were the most beautiful couple that I will always remember. On behalf of all my family, my Mom Lena Greco and my husband, Ron Colicci my brother Brian and family we offer our deepest sympathy and love. May Danny rest in peace and watch over us forever. Love Michele Greco Colicci

  5. Joan, I was so sorry to hear of Danny’s passing. He was truly one of the good chiefs. We first met, when he was the chief in Central, in January of 1970. Our paths later crossed when he became my chief in Torrance. I remember well when you would come by the office with the kids to say hi. I later became his senior and ultimately became the chief in Torrance when Danny retired. He was always the cool one but always got the best out of his staff. I always thought that you and he would eventually get out of Manhattan Beach and retire to Pebble Beach but… Again, I am so sorry for your loss he truly was a great boss and friend. Charles McMullen (ret. 2004)

  6. Dear Esposito Family, I am truly sorry to hear about Danny leaving us. I fondly remember Danny as my Chief Sanitarian when we both were assigned at the Harbor Health Center in San Pedro. He was a great boss, always quite and unassuming but earning much respect for his acumen and professional knowledge. May he rest in peace and be always near to our Lord. Ben Piazza

  7. Dear Esposito Family I am very saddened to hear about Dan’s passing. He was my first Chief when I was a trainee inspector in 1972. His leadership of that office of 20 veteran and new inspectors was amazing. He inspired me to advance and eventually I became a director of a different department. His patience, intelligence, sense of humor, sincerity, dedication, and humbleness were all wonderful traits to follow. I will be thinking of the Esposito family during these difficult times. Please know you are in my prayers. Lewis Pozzebon

  8. I too was fortunate to start my 32 year career under Danny’s leadership. Right from the start, I realized many of his outstanding qualities. What an example he was to so many of us. His character was rock solid, and he had an ethical standard that was second to none. I was proud to have him as my Chief; and tried to emulate him through out my career. Danny will be missed by so many of us.

  9. Joan and Family, I will always remember my trip to California in 1974 and was welcomed into your home on I believe Danny ‘s 4th birthday and meeting all four children. Dan;s cake was cowboy wagon made by you Joan. It was a work of art. You and Spear took me and my cousin Cindy to an outstanding dinner and had a memory to always remember Spear by. He had the kindnest of Aunt Sarah and Uncle Dan’s special charm. Pless you all JoAnn and Tony Moda Rochester, New York

  10. I have fond memories of my cousins Spear and Joan visiting New York when I was growing up. I felt very comfortable calling them 4 years ago when I visited LA, and they took my daughter and I out to dinner. We will remember Spear as a very special person with a strong sense of family. Karen Foresti Hempson (Lucy and Francis’s daughter)

  11. Dear Familia. It is great sadness that I write this note. Danny was my teacher and mentor. He was without a doubt a credit to all of us who worked for L.A.CO. Health Dept. His example to me served all of us well. I still talk about him with great stories we lived thru. Former Deputy of Environmental Health , Ralph Lopez

  12. Dear Joan and family so very sorry to hear of the passing of Spear – We will always remember dinner at your house 1970 when Fred came back from Vietnam. God Bless

  13. We were so sorry to hear about Spear. I (pat) remember him baby sitting me & Carmen. I also recall him taking me & Joann Esposito to the beach. He was a great cousin. I’m sorry it has been so long since we last saw the two of you. I believe it was @ my uncle Dan’s Funeral. I hope you & the kids are doing well in spite of this sour-full occasion. You all are in our prayers.

  14. My deepest sympathy to Daniel’s family.
    John Bucaria (godson), son of Joanna Esposito-Bucaria
    Thousand Oaks, CA

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