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Swan-Law Funeral Directors

501 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO

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OBITUARY

William Mark Dak JR

February 8, 1946November 25, 2019

William Dak, Jr: February 8, 1946- November 25, 2019 Survived by his wife Sharon Dak, children and grandchildren, his brother Robert Dak and all of his family and friends. Celebration of Life: Saturday, January 11, 2020 1pm at Swan Law Funeral Directors in Colorado Springs.

Services

11 January

Memorial Service

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Swan-Law Funeral Directors

501 North Cascade Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

11 January

Reception

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Swan-Law Funeral Directors

501 North Cascade Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Memories

William Mark Dak JR

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Ian Gallagher

December 6, 2019

I wanted to be just like him, in all the ways I could. But nobody was quite like Bill. He could light up a room with his warmth, smile, and personality. He will always light our memories. My love goes out to his family and friends, I'm glad to be counted among them.

Rebekah Hartman

December 3, 2019

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Darrell Perea

December 3, 2019

My heart-felt condolences to the family of William Dak. Jr. - Billy D was the Best friend that I had while we were in Vietnam . I will never forget him. He made it a lot easier to get through that long year. God bless him !

Rebekah Hartman

December 2, 2019

A life full of love, adventure and happiness... what a gift to witness my Dad living life to the fullest and I promise to continue your example here on Earth. I promise to keep your stories and jokes alive as I share them with my children, my community! I love how you always gave your friends and family nicknames, a small gesture but a mighty connection! My favorite will always be...
Rebekah Lerds, Rebekah Lerds, Is that Daddy's little girl!

I love you Dad!

Cheryl Kaye

December 1, 2019

As we gathered with our own families this holiday weekend to give thanks for many reasons, we also wanted to thank our lifelong friend Billy for allowing us all be a part of his life for over 70 years.
Truly a great person in every sense of the word, Billy was always the gracious host and the life of the party, fun and funny -- always up for a good time. And, our family and his had many of them together.
We will all sorely miss you, our dear sweet friend. But we look forward to being reunited one day because as you would always say, “The porchlight is always on.” God Bless you, Billy.

The Molaisons (Susan, Cheryl and Mike)

Ron Rubin

December 1, 2019

It is so nice to see his obituary and share in the life he led, from birth to death. We didn't know much about his whole life but so glad that we do now, reading his obituary.

What a fine person, family man, and American. We loved seeing him the last couple of months in Denver, sharing time with him and Sharon. He will always be remembered by us, thinking about his smile, laughter, and human qualities of goodness, spirituality, and kindness.

HooWah

Ron and Karen Rubin

Nan Graham

December 1, 2019

He was one of a kind. Dearest of friends. So glad I was able to see him last May to show him our new cabin in Masonic Park . Oh how I will miss him in the summers there. Love you Bill!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

William Dak, Jr (Bill/Billy) was born to William Dak, Sr and Dora Vela Dak in Edinburg, Texas on Friday, February 8th, 1946. Three years later Robert Steven Dak (Bobby) joined the family. Traditions were rooted deeply from the beginning of his life and he shared many memories from those early days with his children, grandchildren and friends. Spending time in the kitchen with his grandparents and great grandparents were some of his fondest memories, learning to cook tamales and Pedehey (heaven on a plate), Billito Beans and Dak's Donuts just a few of his favorite dishes to cook.
During Billy and Bobby’s teenage years, William Dak Sr was transferred to the Texaco Refinery in Southern California, Billy wanted to stay in Texas for his Senior year but missed his family and decided to join them, ultimately graduating from Warren High School in the Spring of 1964. The Texas boy quickly jumped into California life, joining the baseball team, the Sarecene Car Club and working for his dad’s Mobil gas station.
That following fall, Billy enrolled at Cerritos College, where he continued to play baseball and Cerritos is where Billy met Warren Hahne, a friend that quickly became a brother. Warren and Billy shared so many memories together and Billy was there when Warren and Diane started dating. The two friends decided to enroll into the military that following Spring, Warren the Army and Bill the Air Force (just like his father). Billy spoke so fondly of his time stationed at Ent Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, falling in love with the mountains, the fresh air and the people. Ent is where Bill met Conrad Robran. Conrad would invite Bill to his family dinners and events down in Del Norte, Colorado and Bill felt like he had a home away from home. One of those special memories includes Bill’s first visit to South Fork and the mighty Rio Grande River.
During the summer of ‘66, Billy and Bobby and their parents took a quick vacation to Rosarito Beach, Mexico for some Rest and Relaxation. That weekend is where Bill and Ana Munoz first met. The two corresponded, mostly via mail (Bill was still in Colorado Springs and Ana in California.) The two married in August 1967 and went to Nicaragua on their honeymoon so that Ana could visit her grandmother whose health was poor. Shortly after, Bill and his troupe were deployed to Vietnam. Bill finished his tour in Colorado Springs, sending Ana out to be with him and was offered a job in Insurance, a career that inspired him until his last breath.
In the fall of ‘69, the young couple decided to move back to California to be close to their families.Their first child, Marc Steven entered their lives July 1970. Rebekah Joy followed in March 1974. Those formative years were filled with family, friends, trips to Mexico and in the summer of 1984 the epic road trip to the Grand Canyon, Carlsbad Caverns, the Vela Family Reunion (Texas) and the World's Fair in New Orleans via the Volkswagen Vanagon with no air conditioning.
Bill instilled his love for baseball into so many young children, coaching his son Marc’s Little League teams, teaching his grandson’s Jeremiah Cyrus and Braxton Armstrong, a legacy that Marc will continue as he coaches Braxton’s team.
In 1993, Bill and Sharon moved to Colorado Springs, a place that always called Bill and a state where Sharon’s roots ran deep. The two married on September 10, 1994 overlooking the city of Colorado Springs at the Shrine of the Sun. Two of their four children moved to Colorado shortly after, starting their families.
Sometime during the summer of 2002, Bill and Sharon decided to purchase a cabin in South Fork, Colorado along the banks of that mighty Rio Grande River. A sanctuary of peace and rejuvenation, Bill would spend hours hunting, fishing, exploring and sharing quality time with his family and friends. He loved when he could share the magic of the land with his grandchildren.
Bill and Sharon also enjoyed many vacations with their families and friends. Cruising New Zealand and Australia, Alaska, Portugal, Iceland, the Caribbean, Maui, London, so many amazing experiences.
The silver lining throughout Bill’s life was music. From the time he was young he was surrounded by show tunes, Big Band artists, Roy Orbison, Janis Joplin (she lived in Port Arthur, Texas when the young Dak brothers were growing up). He loved Glen Campbell, Kenny Rogers, Bryan Adams, Elvis Presley, Tony Joe White, IZ, so many to name… but the number one artist that made an impact on Bill’s life was Rod Stewart. Bill had the opportunity to see Sir Stewart several times in concert and that brought him pure Joy. His love for music was instilled into his children too.
Bill was the rock of the Dak Family and will be remembered as a supportive father to Renee, Russell, Marc and Rebekah. Compassionate and caring grandfather to Preston, Mason, Jeremiah, Holden, Elana, Graham and Braxton. Billy is survived by his brother Bobby, his wife Cene their children Aaron and Willy and Bobby’s grandchildren. Devoted and caring husband to Sharon and a friend until the end to everyone whose lives he touched. The knowledge and wisdom he shared will continue to guide us on our path and whenever anyone tells a joke, we all can think of him.
His main wish was to pass with a smile on his face and he did!

HOOWAH!