Daniel Yitzchak Goodman was born on February 24, 1919 in Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada to Rabbi Aharon David and Sima Leah. When he was 5 years old the family moved to the US where Daniel was educated. He excelled as a sportsman and won a number of medals for swimming.
In 1935 his family made aliya and settled in Tel Aviv. In World War II Daniel was appointed the head of the Censorship Department, and was later sent to Baghdad as Chief Censor, a post he held until the end of the war.
When the War of Independence began, Daniel presented himself and was drafted into the IDF. Trained as a gunner, he was sent to defend the Jordan Valley. On May 18, 1948 he fell in the battle for Zemach/the Deganya Bridge. He was buried in Deganya A three days later.