Born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota, Dan Fitzgibbons is the youngest of five children to Tom and Carol Fitzgibbons. Following high school, he attended North Dakota State University, later transferring to nearby Moorhead State University where he graduated with a 3.46 GPA. He completed his education with a Bachelor of Science in marketing and business administration, leading to a successful career in information technology solutions in the Greater Minneapolis, Minnesota region. Fitzgibbons is married to Paige since 1994 — after meeting in the early 1990s — and they have two children, Jack and Grace.