OBITUARY

Michael L. Daniels

October 11, 1959November 23, 2021

Michael L. Daniels, 62, passed peacefully from this world on November 23, 2021, after a long battle with cancer, surrounded by his family. Born October 11, 1959, and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, Mike graduated from N.B. Forrest High School (Westside High). After a few short years in various jobs, he applied for and was accepted into the Florida Highway Patrol Academy in 1982. He served the State of Florida for 32 years as a State Trooper, a canine officer, and retiring as a Traffic Homicide Investigator in 2014 as Master Corporal.

He married his wife, Patty, in 1982, and had two daughters, Kristen and Jennifer. Mike and Patty celebrated their 39th anniversary in November of this year. He was a very dedicated loving husband and father his entire life. He was very much involved with his children’s school activities and sports. His love for his wife and children was unconditional and he was proud to be called a family man. Mike loved his pets, and a few of his favorites through the years were his two cats, Skipper and Sandy Blue, his K9 Officer, Rex, and his 3 chihuahuas, Little Rex, Yum Yum and KoKo.

In different seasons of life, Mike could be found in different hobbies and places. He was an avid softball player for the church league early on. He sang tenor in a Southern Gospel Quartet called The Oak Hill Boys for many years. He umpired after his retirement and, most recently, he was deeply involved in the Boy Scouts of America and loved participating several times a year for various camps at Camp Shands. Mike never met a person that didn’t like him. His vibrant and exuberant personality drew people to him. In his work, Mike was a man of integrity, hard work, and dedication. He loved what he did and was proud to be a part of the law enforcement community. He supported and pushed his brothers and sisters in uniform to become better men and women of the badge. During his tenure, he was an instructor of various disciplines including Firearms and Field Training Officer. He believed in and was known for his dedication to the FHP Auxiliary and the support of that organization for many years.

Mike is survived by his wife of 39 years, Patty, his daughters, Kristen Hansen (Joshua) and Jennifer Mangaoang (Daniel); his young grandchildren, Lucas and Halley; his mother, Margaret Jane Daniels; his siblings, Susan Elaine Daniels, Dana Turner and Vinetta Turner; sisters-in-law Janice Hawks, and Marie Ellsworth (Dave); his Aunts, Uncles, John Clinton Daniels (Linda), Lawrence Edward Murphy (Karen), Essie Murphy Smith, June Daniels, Sandra Dee, William C. (Tudy) Rhoden, Vernon Rhoden (Betty), Carolyn Fulgham (George). He is preceded in death by his father Robert L. Daniels, who left us on November 1st of this year.

A viewing for Mike will be held at Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene on Thursday, December 2nd from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene on Saturday, December 4th at 11:30 AM followed by a Graveside Service at 1:00pm, at Hardage Giddens on Normandy Blvd. All are welcome to attend and share in the life of Mike Daniels.

Because of his love for the Church and Boy Scouts of America (BSA), in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either his home church, Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene at 4151 Old Middleburg Rd, 32210; to the North Florida Council BSA with either Shooting Sports or Camp Shands in the memo line, or a charity of you choice.

The family strongly recommends that all family and friends wear masks inside the church, and at the graveside when in close proximity to others.

Services

4 December

Funeral Service

11:30 am

Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene

4151 Old Middleburg Road North
Jacksonville, FL 32210

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 2, 2021

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Kathleen McKinney

November 29, 2021

Worked with Mike many moons ago, back in Miami. I always remember his smile and great attitude. Sorry for the loss of this wonderful man. May you be comforted by great memories you have of him.

Sandi Parrott

November 29, 2021

So sad to hear of Mike's passing. That infectious smile of his touched everyone that knew him. I was lucky enough to know him the better part of my time with FHP, and knew that he was always one of the first to step up for anyone that needed him. I send my condolences to his family. He will not be forgotten.

Darnell Harris

November 28, 2021

My friend, neighbor, classmate, and fellow first responder passed away. Prayers of comfort for the family of Mike Daniels. We grew up on different ends of Mother Goose and went to school together, graduating the same year from Forrest. A few years later, I saw Mike as a FHP trooper when we both went to the same crash. I was surprised and happy to see my old friend there holding the IV bag up for us as we worked to get the victim stabilized. He was a regular visitor to JFRD station 31 on Wilson as we always left the light on for him. He was right there with us on many incidents and always went above and beyond. Mike also hired me to DJ his daughter’s wedding in 2008. He was also a big part of the High school DWI prevention program that was headed up by JFRD Capt Roy Hall. Mike was the arresting officer and my part was to bring the Jambulance and provide the sound system. Later on, I was happy when he contacted me about helping with his campaign to be Sheriff of Nassau County. Although unsuccessful, we had good times standing by my fire truck and waving signs. It is good to have known him. Always the good Christian. Rest easy my friend. The watch has ended.

Doug Cranford

November 27, 2021

God bless you and your family.

Alex Slaughter

November 27, 2021

Mike was my friend and neighbor on the Westside for several years. His infectious smile was always welcomed when I would approach him at a vehicle crash as I responded for FDOT in Jacksonville. He was a no nonsense Trooper who was always very professional and caring. He always jokenly said Brother you gotta get out of the HOOD. He was a great guy and will certainly be missed in this life, but a marvelous addition to HEAVEN. See ya soon buddy.
Alex

Patrick Earp

November 27, 2021

I met Mike when I transferred to Jax in 2000. He was a good trooper and a good man. I still have a CD he gave me when he found out I liked Southern Gospel music. May God bless his family and comfort them in the knowledge that they will see him again some day.

Randy& Debbie Kirland

November 27, 2021

Sending love,prayers& our condolences. God has called another wonderful person home. He wanted to hear that awesome voice❤️

Fred Ledig

November 26, 2021

Mike was a great Trooper to work with. He will certainly be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers for his family .

Melvin Farmer

November 26, 2021

Will always remember the friendship and fondness of the times we shared working together. I know his family will keep faith and may God bless them.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY