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Glen Abbey Memorial Park & Mortuary

3838 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA

OBITUARY

Daniel Rey Millan

December 12, 1960August 9, 2019
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Daniel Rey Millan, age 58, of Chula Vista, California passed away on Friday August 9, 2019. Daniel was born December 12, 1960 in Los Angeles, CA.

A visitation for Daniel will be held Friday, August 16, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Glen Abbey Memorial Park and Mortuary, 3838 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA 91902. Additional visitation will be held the following morning at 9:00 AM before the memorial service.

A memorial service will occur Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Glen Abbey Memorial Park and Mortuary.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.GlenAbbeysandiego.com for the Millan family.

Services

  • Visitation with Rosary at 5:30 p.m. Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 17, 2019

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Biography

Daniel Rey Millan was first, and foremost, a family man. He loved his family more than anything in the world, and showed that through his actions. To others, Daniel was good-natured, jovial, a hard-worker, but mostly reserved. The few that saw his inner light were treated to a blinding light of charm, compassion, and most importantly humor. The brightest light, he kept for his family. Daniel loved a good time. He loved to laugh and he loved to make his family laugh.

Daniel was born on December 12, 1960. His parents were Jose Onorio Millan and Aurora Gonzalez. Daniel was raised in Los Angeles. Daniel's home was always full with six siblings running around. He had three sisters, Adella, Margaret, and Cecilia, and three brothers Jose, Rick, and his twin brother, Sam. Growing up, the trio of Sammy Boy, Danny boy, and Rick were a force to be reckoned with. While many stories began with innocent and rambunctious curiosity, they almost always ended with someone trying and failing to hide the evidence of their adventures. As a child, Daniel's sisters were always doting, taking Daniel out for trips to eat ice cream or mini-adventures to the grocery store.

      As Daniel grew older, he spent a few years in Mexico working on the family ranch before eventually moving to San Diego and meeting his wife, Melita Borbon Millan. Daniel and Melita shared a strong love of travel and family. Throughout their marriage they traveled repeatedly to Italy, Spain, London, the Philippines, Mexico City, Puerto Rico, Vancouver, Quebec, and Montreal. Stateside, they explored Hawaii, New York, Washington, D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Chicago, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Seattle, and most of California.

Somewhere in between all these great adventures, Daniel and Melita were blessed with two daughters, Katherine and Sarah. Their two-some became a four-some and the travels continued. This was a family that was inseparable, even piling into the car together for a simple late-evening Costco gas run. For this family, it wasn't so much the destination (which was pretty awesome most times) but the company that turned these simple travels into cherished memories.

      For Daniel, the blessings of family continued to grow throughout his lifetime. Daniel was blessed once again when both his daughters married, gaining two sons, Anson Vuong and Jarred Reed. Finally, Daniel had four beautiful grandchildren: Mila, Miles, Merritt, and Teddy. He treated his grandchildren exactly the same as he had with his own children, showering each with love and attention, and playing silly made-up games everyday.

      Daniel always told his daughters that he worked to live, rather than the other way around. That being said, he was proud of the work he did. While helping raise his two daughters, he went to night school to earn his associate's degree, and eventually work for several companies in supply-chain. He became so proficient at excel that after he retired from Saint-Gobain after 15 years with the company, they continuously reached out to him to help train others in the program.

Outside of work, and on the few occasions Daniel wasn't gallivanting across the globe, Daniel enjoyed fishing, golf, tennis, and bowling. Once, at his favorite spot--Lake Cuyamaca, Daniel made the local paper for catching the limit of eight fish all in a single morning! He was also a proud local sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. He loved watching the Chargers, Padres, and Lakers. In his community, he was a member of St. Rose of Lima Parish for 35 years. Daniel was a lover of animals and animals loved Daniel. Growing up, his childhood home was full of pets. One of Daniel's favorite childhood pets was Champ, a German Shepard. He was always by Daniel's side. Later in life, he befriended Kyle, a neighborhood cat, who often came around to sit on the balcony with Daniel and watch the sunset after mowing the grass. During these times, Daniel would often have his favorite drink in hand, barcadi anejo. Daniel also enjoyed listening to music. In his spare time, he cultivated an extensive playlist of his favorite music depending on his mood, whether it was relaxing by the pool or cleaning the house on Saturday mornings.

      After he retired in 2017, Daniel continued to spend his time as he always did-with his family.His personal projects included renovating the backyard into his personal paradise and hitting the winning jackpot at the local casino. He achieved both, winning big at the casino the Monday before his passing.

      Daniel passed away on August 9, 2019 at home, surrounded by loved ones. He is survived by his wife, Melita, his children, Katherine and Sarah, his son-in-laws Anson and Jarred, and his grandchildren Mila, Miles, Meritt, and Teddy. Services will be held at Glen Abbey Memorial Park and Mortuary. Daniel will be laid to rest in Glen Abbey Memorial Park and Mortuary.

      Daniel Rey Millan lived his life fully with no regrets. Although shorter than what he or his family would have wanted, Daniel always said he would never trade it for anyone else's. He was adored by his family and he will be greatly missed.