William Carroll “Bill” Daniels

Date of Birth: October 3, 1939  |   Date of Death: March 15, 2017   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Friday, March 24, 2017. 

Daniels PhotoThis is the story about the life of a very remarkable man.  William Carroll Daniels was born in Houston, Texas, on October 3, 1939 to William Henry and Mildred Beryl Daniels.

He faithfully attended Park Place Methodist Church and was very involved in his community. He was a dedicated Boy Scout and went on to accomplish Eagle Scout. Recently, he donated his hand-made projects to the United States Boy Scout Museum in Dallas.  He graduated from Charles H. Milby High School in 1957 where he was involved in almost every extra-curricular activity including Head Cheerleader.  It was at Milby that Bill began to plant the seeds of forever friendships.

Following High School, he enrolled in Sam Houston State University and was a Charter Member-EZ Chapter Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. There, he graduated with a degree in Business Administration.

Bill was also the proud father of a beautiful baby girl, Deidre Gay Daniels.  With the sobering responsibility of a child, he left his position at Pittsburgh Plate Glass to attend Dental School at The University of Texas and graduated with honors.

Dr. Daniels enlisted into the United States Army as a Captain in 1969 and served as a dentist.  Bill moved to San Marcos and opened dental practices in San Marcos and Wimberley.  It was there that Bill met the love of his life, Lurline.

Bill became known as the painless dentist and built a thriving practice. Way too soon, he was diagnosed with A.L.S.  While many would have accepted this as a death sentence, Bill took his disease as a personal challenge.  He chose optimism in every aspect of his life.  Bill researched constantly, changed his diet, exercised regularly, and always, always, always kept a positive attitude.  He transitioned from dentistry and launched into a life of service, including his dedication to Lion’s Club, Scottish Rite, Masons, Shriners, Wimberley players, Sons of the Republic of Texas, Texas Dental Association, The Heritage Association of San Marcos, and The Scheib Center.

Throughout, Bill pursued his many loves: being an alumni of Sam Houston State University and the University of Texas, old houses, antiques, vintage cars, being a dentist, traveling the world, finances, hunting, fishing, storytelling, joke telling, researching his family history, living in the Texas Hill Country, eating the best TexMex, BBQ, and seafood, and being surrounded by people.

Bill Daniels’ love for his wife and family eclipsed all others.  One of his greatest joys was to encourage and delight in them.  Regardless of where they were in the world, whether it be Kuala Lumpur, London, Brussels, or Virginia, Bill was always eager to travel to them and fulfil his role as Poppy with advice, stories, pranks, and laughter for his precious grandchildren.

After a valiant fight of 31 years, and with his beloved wife by his side, Dr. Bill Daniels left this earth.  He is survived by his wife Lurline, his daughter and son-in-law Dee and Kyle Armstrong; his four grandchildren Katherine, Charis, Daniel, and John; his sister Lisa Feldman; his nephew and niece Austin and Alexis; brother-in-law and sister-in-law John and Sandra Glorioso; mother-in-law Billie Glorioso; and his treasured dogs Heidi and Jacques.

He left an unfillable hole in our lives and will be forever missed.

Of the many awards and lifetime achievements Bill earned, here are but a few:

Lions Service

President, San Marcos Lions Club

Lion of the Year, San Marcos Lions Club

Life Member of Texas Eye Bank

Life Member of Texas Lions Camp

Golden Spur Award

Melvin Jones Fellow

District Governor

Ed Flood Award

Harry Reasonover Award

Texas Lions Fellow

President, Committee for Mobile Health Screening

Texas Lions Hall of Fame

Lions International Presidential Award

Civic

Eagle Scout

Order of the Arrow

Founding President- The Wimberley Players

Charter Member- Wimberley Lodge #1445

Member- Austin Scottish Rite Bodies

Member- Ben Hur Shrine, Austin

Director- Heritage Association of San Marcos

Director- Hays County Community Health Foundation President

Citizen of the Year- San Marcos Area Board of Realtors

Chairman- Friends of Scouting

Member- Mayflower Society

Member- Sons of the Republic of Texas

Member- San Marcos Cattlemen’s Association

 

If you wish, in lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Bill Daniels name to either of the following:

  • The A.L.S. Association at 1315 Sam Bass Circle, #B 5 Round Rock, Texas 78681 (https://donate.alstexas.org/)
  • The First United Methodist Church of San Marcos at 129 W. Hutchison Street, San Marcos, Texas 78666.

A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held at the First United Methodist Church in San Marcos, at 11:00 A.M., Friday, March 24, 2017.

Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, Texas, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com

 

4 Condolences

  • Ruth Molina

    March 18th, 2017 on 4:19 am

    My condolences to your family. My dad, Ron, thought so much of Bill and valued his friendship. My prayers are with you.

  • John Beard

    March 20th, 2017 on 12:06 am

    The whole Beard family of Park Place joins me in sending condolences. My mother, Velma, is still with us and 102. She would love to talk to Dee. John

  • Steve and Karen Jasper

    March 21st, 2017 on 3:47 pm

    What a pleasure it was to spend time with you and dearest Bill. We humbly offer our deepest sympathy and prayers to Lurline and all of the Daniel Family during your time of sorrow
    Love Steve and Karen

  • Rich Martinez

    March 22nd, 2017 on 2:47 am

    Dr. Daniels was my dentist from the age of 5 yrs. old up until his retirement. My visits were many; I recall after every visit receiving a surprise from Mrs. Daniels’ at the time of check out. Sometimes it would require that I sing them both a song. “I have a little red apple” to be exact.

    To the Family: I am thinking of you in my prayers and thoughts. Dr.Daniels.. was a awesome person.. I recall him riding up to my mother’s store in his classic car; what a treat it was for us to have him over and visit with us. He took an interest in my immediate family’s health and in my teeth. How proud he would be of me, on how diligent I still am; all because of him.

    Best Regards,
    Rich Martinez

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