TEMPLE — E.J. Daniel, 77, of Temple, died Saturday, April 11, 2015 at his home. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18, at First United Methodist Church in Temple with Dr. Tom Robbins officiating.
Mr. Daniel was born Aug. 30, 1937 to Elmer Johnson Daniel and Pauline Delancey Daniel near Temple into very humble beginnings. He was raised in Heidenheimer, educated in Rogers and graduated from Sam Houston State University. E.J. enlisted in the U. S. Air Force Reserve where he served for six years before going to work for Lone Star Gas Co., John Mimier and Arthur Young Accounting Firms, and Susan Crane Packaging in Dallas. In 1971, he entered a new career in the corrugated box business by starting with Hoerner Wardorf, then to Champion International before he ultimately started his own corrugated box company in Temple, Danhil Containers in March 1985.
E.J. married Martha Ann Kamas in 1958 and moved to Dallas. They were blessed with a son, Jeffrey Todd Daniel and a daughter, Gina Terese Tish Williams. Survivors include his wife, Martha; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Colette Daniel; daughter and son-in-law, Tish and Richard Williams; and four grandchildren, Jeffrey Jay Daniel, Catherine Nicole Daniel, Daniel Brent Williams and Matthew Grant Williams.
He grew up on an East Bell County farm and he always loved the land. His farming and ranching brought him much satisfaction. He trusted God to bring the planting, rain and harvest. His company, DanHil Containers, brought many customers and business associates who quickly became friends. Beyond farming and managing his business, E.J. enjoyed golf, fishing and hunting but his biggest attribute in life was meeting and enjoying people. E.J. Daniel was blessed with an abundance of valued friends.
E.J. was generous to anyone and everyone and was a member of the Temple Rotary Club, served on numerous Methodist Church Boards as well as the Temple Chamber of Commerce. He contributed to Temple, Brownwood, San Angelo and Austin Schools, First United Methodist Church, Scholarships for Employees’ Graduating Seniors, local charities and building funds as well as friends in need. Baseball was his passion. He played in high school and college and that passion continued to coaching little league, sponsoring teams and watching the Rangers and Astros. He lived life to the fullest – full of generosity, laughter and love for his family. E.J. Daniel respected all persons, large or small, great or common.
Private burial will be held at Wilson Valley Cemetery in Little River. Honorary pallbearers include Calvin Rachui, John Robert Hill, Anton Bravenec, Ron Riker, Gary Beardon, Wade Matthews, Kirk Kirkland, Bill Cicherski, Mike Thompson, David Black, Rodrigo Benetiz, Jerry Secrest, Tommy Bennett and Vance Schuster. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice.
Immediately following the service there will be a luncheon for all the guests. Online guestbook and obituary at www.scanioharperfuneralhome.com.