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In Memory of

Donald Irvin McDaniel

March 30, 1935 - August 7, 2017

Obituary


Don McDaniel passed away in Bremerton, WA on August 7, 2017. Don was born in Jacksonville, IL on March 30, 1935 to Aaron and Dorothy McDaniel.


In 1943, Don moved to Bremerton with his dad, mom and brother Doyle. In 1946 his sister Carol was born. Don and Doyle spent many years playing baseball together. They played for Dewey Jr. High, Bremerton High School as well as American Legion. They also played for a Semi-Pro team, The Bremerton Stokers.


Don was a gifted athlete playing all sports in school....

Don McDaniel passed away in Bremerton, WA on August 7, 2017. Don was born in Jacksonville, IL on March 30, 1935 to Aaron and Dorothy McDaniel.


In 1943, Don moved to Bremerton with his dad, mom and brother Doyle. In 1946 his sister Carol was born. Don and Doyle spent many years playing baseball together. They played for Dewey Jr. High, Bremerton High School as well as American Legion. They also played for a Semi-Pro team, The Bremerton Stokers.


Don was a gifted athlete playing all sports in school. He was scouted by the Cincinnati Reds and on June 6, 1953 signed a contract to play professional baseball with the Reds organization. He played 3rd base in the Reds organization before being sidelined with a shoulder injury. In 2009, Don was named to The Kitsap Sun All-Time Kitsap Baseball team. Don was also inducted into the Kitsap Sports Hall of Fame with 2 awards. First, in 1999, he was inducted for his accolades at playing slow-pitch. Later, in 2009, he and the members of his 1953 State Championship Bremerton High School Baseball team were inducted to the Hall of Fame.


Don graduated from Bremerton High School in 1953. It was here that Don met his high school sweetheart, Carole Middleton. They were married on September 19, 1953. Together they had 3 children, Steve, Greg and Julie. Carole preceded him in death November 25, 1998.


Don lead a very active life. He coached his boys in the Sheridan Pee-Wee organization. He played slow-pitch for 12 years; winning 1 state title and 2 all-state selection teams. He played for Olympic Sports Shop, Haselwood Buick, Scotty's Tavern and was picked up for tournaments by Gene Lobe. Don made many great friends playing slow-pitch. Don was also an avid golfer. He played in many tournaments with his boys Steve and Greg. Don was a member of Kitsap Golf and Country Club.


Don owned Don's Enco from the early 1960's until 1974. Prior to owning Don's Enco, he worked as a welder in the Puget Sound Shipyard and for Standard Oil. In 1973, Don took a job at Central Kitsap School District. He was the Director of Transportation until retiring in 2000. He worked for 27 years without taking a day off. He would be described by his employees as an honest and fair boss, someone with great integrity.


He then met his current wife, Carol and they were married April 3, 2002. A blended family quickly grew. Together they had 6 children, 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren with one on the way.

Don and Carol loved to travel to visit family. While visiting family they enjoyed some fun activities such as milking cows, parasailing and golfing. They loved to travel and explore the Oregon Coast with their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Don was preceded in death by his first wife Carole, his parents Aaron and Dorothy, his in-laws Percy and Belle Middleton and his beloved dog Spunky.


Don is survived by

wife Carol

sons Steve (Corene), Greg (Linda)

daughter Julie (Mark)

grandchildren Marissa, Rory, Jordan, Devon, Chris, Andy

great grandchildren Coner, Riley, Meko and Aubrey

brother Doyle (Camelia) and their family

sister Carol and her family


Don is also survived by

Carol's children Tim (Michelle), Michelle (Jeff) and Michael

Step-grandchildren Madisyn, Taylor, Rheagen, Qwincey, Cale, Kenadey and Emma


A celebration of life will be celebrated on September 2, 2017 from 1 - 4pm at the home of his daughter Julie at 6097 Tracyton Blvd NW, Bremerton, WA 98311


Arrangements under the direction of Miller-Woodlawn Funeral Home, Bremerton, WA.