Daniel Harmon Plater, known to most as “Danny” or “Pluto,” passed away on Saturday, March 20, 2021, following an unexpected brain aneurysm the preceding week. Danny was born July 22, 1960, in Reno, Nevada to Joseph Rue and Isabel Lamal Plater. He spent his entire childhood in Reno before heading to Provo, Utah to play wide receiver at Brigham Young University (“BYU”). At BYU, Danny was highly respected in both the classroom and on the football field; he was an Academic All-American, MVP of the East-West Shrine Game, and picked up in the 4th Round by the Denver Broncos in the 1982 NFL Draft. His NFL career tragically ended with the Chicago Bears as soon as it started with the discovery of a brain tumor during the pre-season of his second year, becoming a fight for his life. Following open-brain surgery to remove both the tumor and his pituitary gland, Danny went on to attend medical school at the University of Southern California and worked in the medical industry before deciding to bring his talents back to his passion, coaching football at both Brigham Young University and the University of New Mexico. The latter half of Danny’s life was increasingly challenging as mental disabilities stemming from his earlier brain surgery began manifesting across facets of Danny’s life. Despite his mental disability and associated challenges, Danny will be known as a truly brilliant man and someone always looking for a quick conversation and laugh. He loved the first sip of his Mountain Dew, the mountains, a straight drive on the golf course and his family; he has touched countless lives with his humor and brutal honesty. He is survived by his mother, Isabel Plater, two sons Ethan and Jordan, brothers Joe and Jonathan, sisters Ann and Polly, five grandchildren, and former wife Adrienne. Family, friends, and all others are invited to the Nelson Family Mortuary, 4780 N University Ave in Provo, UT at 11am Saturday, March 27 to reflect on and celebrate Danny’s truly remarkable life.