Willie B. Daniels Jr., 75, our loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother passed away on January 8, 2020. He was born April 4, 1944 in Hartford, Alabama to Nellie Ruth Neal (Daniels) and Willie B. Daniels Sr.
In his younger years he moved to Utah. He graduated from Ben Lomond High School. During his school years he ran track and played football. Willie served his country faithfully in the U.S. Marine Corp, during Vietnam, “Sempre Fi”
After serving in the Marine’s Willie attended Weber State and later attended University of Berkley.
Willie was a member of The Baptist church.
He worked as a Master Machinist at Mare Island Naval Ship Yard, Rockwell and other various places in Utah.
He was very active throughout his life and an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting and fishing; he spent many hours fishing with his mom and his faithful pole ‘El Blanco’. He loved everything to do with sports. He was a fan of the Raiders and the Golden State Warriors.
He is survived by his children Kimberly Morgan, Crystal (Edward) Glass, Leslye (Ruel) Olsen, Richard Michael Daniels, Stephanie Vallejo, Venessa (Lewis) Simon, Robert (Jessica) Daniels, Melissa (Barry) Blanken; 11 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; his sister Debra (Johna) Daniels, brother Anthony “Tony” Daniels. He was preceded in death by his parents; son Eric Daniels, brothers James Arthur, Johnny Mack and Dennis Daniels.
A gathering will be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. followed by a Celebration of Life at 6:00 p.m. at Myers Ogden Mortuary, 845 Washington Blvd. Military Honors will be accorded.
The family would like to give special thanks to U of U staff on the 4th floor, the palliative and hospice care and Dr. Tiffany Volden and her care team.
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