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:
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
Ed Flood Award
Harry Reasonover Award
Texas Lions Fellow
President, Committee for Mobile Health Screening
Texas Lions Hall of Fame
Lions International Presidential Award
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