Marvin E. McDaniel

August 3rd, 1937December 31st, 2015

Command Sergeant Major, Marvin Edward McDaniel, 78, born in Lafayette, Colorado on Aug 3, 1937 passed away Dec 31, 2015 after a 4 and 1/2 year battle with cancer.

He was a native of Colorado, but was a resident of Texas for the past 27 years. Enlisting in the Army at the age of 17, he was always proud of his birthplace. He went on to enroll and get his wings in Jump School , and that's where he met his life long friend, Mr. James R Cobb of Colorado.

He served in the military for 24 years. He was a proud Vietnam Veteran who fought in combat. While serving as 1st Sergeant Tank Commander in Vietnam, he was awarded the Military Merit Medal for tank duel near Ben Het, Vietnam. He was later promoted to Brigade Sergeant Major. He was a member of the Honor Guard serving those who fought. He always felt that his greatest military accomplishment was when he became a Ranger in the 82nd Airborne.

While in the military, he received his associates degree in police science and became a life member of Lambda Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He retired from the Army in 1978 as Commandant of NCO Academy in Fort Carson, Colorado.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. His values as a Mason were loyalty, patriotism, liberty, courage, and faith.

Quotes he lived by came from his two military heroes- George S. Patton and Douglas MacArthur ....

"We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way."-Patton

"I suppose, in a way, this has become part of my life. It is a symbol of my life. Whatever I have done that really matters, I've done wearing it. When the time comes, it will be in this that I journey forth. What greater honor could come to an American, and a soldier"-MacArthur

He married his wife of 39 years, Gloria who was his caregiver until the day the Lord took him Home.

He worked hard all of his life unafraid of manual labor. His favorite thing to say while working was, "we're burnin' daylight!", which was a quote by his hero John Wayne. He loved to work with his hands, getting his work ethic from his role model, his Dad.

Coming to Texas in 1988, he retired from Terex Utilities after 20 years. Working as a sales manager, he developed many life-long friendships through those years. To his customers, he was a man of his word. He was known for his honesty. He was loved, respected and admired by his friends and family.

His hobbies were hunting with his sons, sitting on the porch swing drinking his coffee with his family, watching John Wayne movies, and playing with his youngest granddaughter, Rhegan(Missy) who was Papa's little caregiver.

He is predeceased by his father Edward Guy McDaniel, mother Elsie Mae Walker Steppen and his sister Gloria Mazurek.

Survivors include his wife Gloria McDaniel; his sister Frances Murray of Lafayette who he loved like a mother and talked to everyday. His sons: Marvin McDaniel Jr. (Mac) and wife, Cheryl; Robert McDaniel and wife, Aleta; Ronald McDaniel and wife, Sunya; Tony Jordan; Christopher Jordan. His daughters: Linda Sabre Carroll and husband, Dana; Nicolette McDaniel Sommer (Punkin) and husband, Russell, his right hand man. His sister-in-law Darlene Timberlake and husband, Terrell; His brother-in-law Nixon Moehle; His nephews: George Milanovich and wife, Tammy; David Milanovich and wife, Rae; Mitchell Self; Travis Timberlake; Taylor Timberlake. His grandchildren: Tonya McDaniel; Joyce Brown and husband, John Paul; Tristan Jordan; Willow Jordan; Brady Jordan; AJ Sommer and wife, Rhonda; Brett Sommer; Rhegan (Missy) McDaniel Sommer. His great grandchildren: Ryder and Jenna Sommer; Robert Henry Brown. Along with extended family and friends.

In his family's eyes, they lost the greatest man. He was a role model, a hero, a legend.

Services

Viewing will be available at Darrell Howe Mortuary, Sunday, from 12 to 5:00p.m., January 10.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00a.m., Monday, January 11, 2016 at Darrell Howe Mortuary in Lafayette, Colorado. Following the service, burial will take place at Lafayette Cemetery.

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Condolences

Our sweet Mauri, we all were so very blessed to have you in our lives. We all love you so very much and will miss you Mauri so much. Our sincere sympathy to my dear Sister, your beautiful wife and to sweet Cole, Russell, and my lil Missy, Linda, Ronald, Marvin Jr., Robert and the entire family. Thank you my beautiful sister for taking such good care of our Mauri, we all are so blessed that he had you by his side. Much love and many blessings to the entire family. God Bless. Love Always, The Timberlake Family - D'Hanis, Texas