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Jose Daniel Avila

May 10, 1954August 8, 2019

Jose Daniel "Dan" Avila, 65, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away August 8, 2019. He was born in Hobbs, New Mexico on May 10, 1954. He graduated from Odem High School then enlisted in the United States Army. He proudly served in the Army from July 1974 until he was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in May 1981. He was married to Doreen L. DeRosier on July 16, 1977. Jose had a career as a Boardman at Koch Refinery until he retired. He was a member of the CBDA Dart Organization and had a passion for steel darts and football. He was preceded in death by his mother, Clemencia Avila and two brothers, Jesse Burciaga and Jose M. Avila. He is survived by his wife, Dori Avila; daughter, Heather Carter and son-in-law, James Carter; grandson, Jimmy Carter; sisters, Lucy Burciaga, Maria Ruiz, Irma Lopez, Dora Vargas and Estella Avila and many nieces and nephews. Graveside Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 19, 2019 at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery, 9974 IH 37 Access Rd., Corpus Christi, Texas 78410. Condolences may be offered at www.MemoryGardensFuneralHome.com


  • Graveside Service Monday, August 19, 2019


Jose Daniel Avila

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David Nunez

August 17, 2019

I lost two of my closest relatives within 10 years. Brothers Joe and Dan Avila.

When ever I saw Dan he would reach out to shake my hand but it wouldn’t end there. He would always pull me in and give me a huge bear hug. He always squeezed the breath out of me but I always looked forward to it. That is one of the things I will miss the most; that and making him laugh. He had one of the best laughs. He was actually more like a brother than a cousin to me. We grew up together and always hung out. Growing up in Odem there wasn’t much to do during the summers but Dan, Joe, Robert and I would always find things to entertain ourselves. Whether it was playing football in the rain at Aunt Mencha’s house or running around and climbing the trees in “las lomas”. We didn’t have much, but that didn’t keep us from having a lot of fun. Thanks for all the memories Big Guy. Give Joe a bear hug when you see him.

Jesus Avila

August 15, 2019

Uncle Dan was a prime example of what it takes to be a real man, and tough it all out, through sheer will, love, and compassion. I'll never forget the lessons that were taught, and how much of an impact they'll forever leave. Daddy just got his extra to the team, to carry out those endless miracles. ”I love you, Tio, I'll miss you, rock it up there with Pops.”

Heather Carter

August 14, 2019

I have so many memories of my dad. My favorite memory is of him singing military songs to me when I was a little girl. My all time favorite was about a yellow bird. My dad sang it to me for the last time a week before going HOME! I love you forever Dad! Rest easy and hug my tio and loved ones!
Love your daughter Heather Marie

Jessica Avila

August 12, 2019

You and uncle Joe were the closest I had to a dad. I'll always remember our trips to the beach and you dressing up as Santa Claus. When I would talk to you, you would respond in German and crack jokes. Rest in Paradise uncle Dan. Love you always.

Pamela Connell

August 12, 2019

Dan has always been a true and loyal friend. Very knowledgeable on all things darts, he was a master at combination outs, scorekeeping ( without assistance). As my Sgt. At Arms in the CBDA I could always rely on him to keep order during our meeting and to make sure EVERY club was up to standard, that meant going to each and every one measuring board height and distance at this time we had in excess of 20 different clubs in the league.
He had the personality of the gentle giant would welcome most with open arms, laughter but it was in your best interest to avoid hurting those he loved and cared for. He will always be my friend and never forgotten. Thank you Dan for coming into our lives, may you rest in peace knowing you have done your job in all matters. Till we meet again.

Lucy Houze

August 12, 2019

Growing up my father would go visit Tia Vicenta, So we got to play outside, Dan and Jose Maria would chase after us with grass spears, I would have my back full of grass spears when we left, no wonder he was good with darts. We would have so much fun. Dan always kept in touch, always called to see how I was doing, Had a kind and loving spirit. He will be deeply missed.
Love you, Dan Rest in peace
Lucy Garcia

Loraine Garza

August 11, 2019

Dan was always kind and patient. He was full of life. I always enjoyed when he came to visit at my Popo's house. So many great memories... Easters, Christmas', and BBQs. May he rest easy. We'll see you on the other side.

Loraine Garza

August 11, 2019

Dan was always kind and patient. He was full of life. I always enjoyed visits with his family when he came to visit at my Popo's house. So many great memories... Easters, Christmas' and BBQs. Rest easy Dan. We'll see you on the other side.

Martha Gonzales

August 10, 2019

Dan and Dori were two of the first friends I made after moving to Corpus Christi. As soon as Dan found out that I was a Garcia from Karnes City, we became instant cousins! A caring and loving family ... I couldn't ask for anything more. Rest in Peace, Dan.

Baillie Herrera

August 9, 2019

I loved dan the day I met him. He reminded me of my father. He always made fun of my name.... he always said bail.. lie.... ... very close to my daughter lillyana... she loved him. He always made us laugh and always made us try different fruits even though we didn’t like them...he will always be in our hearts.