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Phil Daniel

Phil Daniel, 74, passed away peacefully in Round Rock on February 26, 2023 with all three of his girls by his side. He was born on June 17, 1948 to Jack and Doris Daniel. He had a love for all things electrical or mechanical that started at a young age. When he was gifted a watch as a child, he disappeared and was later found behind a chair taking apart the watch and putting it back together. 

Phil also followed in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps by voluntarily joining the US Navy after high school. Some of his favorite stories of time in the Navy include tricks he played on his comrades. He was most proud of his light bulb that lit by using his class ring to close the circuit. It looked like he was powering the light bulb simply by holding it in his hand. He also apparently reversed the clock at one point. He was always a very caring individual and his leaders recognized this. He was chosen to project the movies for the officers on the ship since he could read them to determine how to adjust the sound. 

On February 4, 1972, he married the love of his life, Kay. They later welcomed two daughters, Julie and Susan. As parents, Phil and Kay provided many opportunities for their children to explore nature. They took frequent trips to Colorado during summer breaks with lots of time spent fishing. Phil taught the girls to identify birds in addition to other nature lessons such as: don’t hold an armadillo by the tail and you can safely poke a snake when it’s cold because it can’t move.

Phil worked many years in the Amoco oil fields surrounding his hometown of Levelland. He later joined South Plains College and he held several positions with the most recent being network technician. The family has many good memories from attending SPC music department performances. After retiring, Phil and Kay moved in early 2020 from Levelland to Hutto to be closer to their children and grandchildren. 

Phil is predeceased by his parents, Jack and Doris. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Kay; brothers Larry, Terry, and Paul; daughters Julie and Susan; and grandchildren Audrey, Erik, Aiden, Paxton, and Ava. He has touched the lives of many others during his time on earth. He will be greatly missed since he has been a wonderful husband, son-in-law, brother, Daddy, PaPa, and friend. His memorial service will be held at a later date in the Remembrance Gardens in Austin. In lieu of flowers, donations in Phil’s memory may be made to South Plains College Scholarships. 

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