Michael Lee Daniels

January 6, 1946September 5, 2013

Mike died unexpectedly on Thursday, and we are already missing his smiles, laughter, and the joy he brought to everyone with his crazy stories and unique sayings.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Marcia; his two children Richard Daniels and his wife Diane; daughter Christi Atkinson and her husband Dave; step-son Michael Caldarella; four grandchildren, Joshua, Matthew, Cristopher, and Mikel; his brother Dave Daniels and wife Janna; and his uncle William Lee. He is also survived by: his brother-in-law Walter Denman; four sisters-in-law; Patricia Brewer, Linda Kinnerup, Diane Christmas, and Kathy Waterhouse, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 32 years, Deborah Daniels, his father Robert (Bob) Daniels, and his mother Inez Lee Daniels. Mike was a lifelong resident of El Paso, leaving only to serve proudly in the Army during the Vietnam War, and for assignments away from El Paso for American Airlines. He also worked in the family owned business, Daniels Roofing. After retiring from American Airlines, he worked for the El Paso County Water Improvement District, and was currently employed by El Paso ISD as campus security for Franklin HS and Raymond Telles Academy. He loved everyone and had the special ability to relate to young adults. He was both liked and respected by the students. His Franklin and Telles families were saddened to hear of his passing, and will miss him in the hallways. Mike created a party by his mere presence. His fun loving nature extended to his interests in fishing, traveling and RVing, but he loved bowling most of all. He was a champion bowler and had a number of 300 games and an 800 series to his credit. He was honored to be a member of the Eastside Keglers.

As we think of Mike, know this: “Those we love don’t go away; They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near; Still loved, still missed and very dear.”

Visitation will be held on Monday, September 9, 2013 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Martin Funeral Home West. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 12:30 PM at Martin Funeral Home West. Burial to follow at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery. Services entrusted to Martin Funeral Home West, 128 N. Resler Dr. El Paso, Texas 79912.


  • Visitation Monday, September 9, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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Beverly Stevens

September 14, 2013

My prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time.

Chuck Gardner

September 11, 2013

I worked with Mike for over a decade at American Airlines, and what a pleasure it was. Whenever I needed cheering-up Mike would make me laugh.
Richard, Christi, Marcia and families, my most sincere Condolence.

Mark Ungos

September 10, 2013

I had the pleasure and honor to work with Mike as campus security at Franklin HS. We were hired on at the same time and we shared lots of laughs and stories all the time. I am deeply saddened by his loss. His always made those around him laugh and try to enjoy life. He never took anything to heart and always had a smile on his face. My deepest condolences go out to his wonderful wife in which I have also had the pleasure and honor to work with as well. May our memories of Mike stay with us always. RIP my friend.

Lynn Hunt

September 10, 2013

Mike & I grew up in the same neighborhood (Mauer Rd) we shared a lot of laughs and we car pooled our freshman year at UTEP. He will missed be greatly ! My condolences to the family. My prayers are with you at this time of great sorrow !

Linda Ramsey

September 10, 2013

Marcia and family

Many hearts are feeling your sadness. Mike was a great man and a great competitor in life. My love is with you and your family members at this time and always.

September 10, 2013

We are deeply saddened with your loss. Mr. Daniels was a great man. Our condolences go out to the Daniels family during this difficult time.
Phillip, Vicki, Kaitlin and Kristin Fifield

Pam and Roland Gassler

September 10, 2013

Just seeing his picture puts a smile on our faces--Roland and I will miss him terribly. Our hearts are with you, Marcia and with the rest of the family. Sincerely,

Leon Smith Sr.

September 9, 2013

My Dearest Marcia (Boss):
Words cannot express my feelings of sadness for you at MIke's were his light through turbulent seas...thank you for being the sunshine in his life...God bless you and the rest of your wonderful family at this very difficult time...

Leon Smith Sr.

September 9, 2013

I've had the extreme honor of knowing Mike for a very long time. I am profoundly saddened by his world has become smaller because of it! Every time I hear thunder I'll think of Mike throwing strikes in heaven...

Larissa Ibarra

September 9, 2013

Marcia, my prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. We will keep you in our thoughts.