Daniel Hunter is the owner and C.E.O. of Hunter Oil & Chemical, which is a Fortune 500 company and the father of Noah Hunter. Daniel is a strict father and often abrasive to his children. In fall 1998 Daniel loses all of the company's money and, after spending a day with Noah reminiscing about the past, Daniel shoots himself after picking a final fight with Noah. Noah is the one to discover his father shortly after he had committed suicide. While gathering information about Daniel for his obituary, Brandon Walsh learned from Blythe Hunter that Daniel wanted to be an artist, but gave it up to run the oil company and suffered a lifetime of numbness because of his failure to follow his passion.