and his late grandson, Daniel Jr., pose on Father's
Day 2008. A little over two months later, on August
24, 2008, Daniel Jr., 21, was killed in an auto
accident. Daniel idolized his grandfather and often
said, "Dad, I'm more like Grandpa than you are, it
skipped a generation."
I think he was right. Daniel was full of adventure
and had the same strength and determination as his
grandfather. While Daniel never drove a race car,
he did race down the snow covered mountains of
California every winter. His friends watched in
wonder at how fast and fearless he was. He was also
a member of his high school's varsity swim team (2
years), a life guard, an accomplished wake boarder
and a certified "Advanced Open Water" scuba diver.
Hiking in the mountains, fishing, weight lifting,
mountain biking and his beloved dog "Lugar" filled
the rest of his free time. Daniel was about to join
the United States Army, to fulfill his life long
dream of becoming a member of the elite Special
Forces, before his untimely death. Something that
Daniel said about a week before he died gives a
little peace to all who knew and loved him, when he
told a friend, "I believe in God, that's how
is survived by his father, Dan Sr.; his mother,
Aurora; his much loved sister, Michelle
("Chelle"); his niece, Maya; his
grandfather, Landy; his "Auntie Bubba" (Sharon
Murillo); his grandmother, Alicia; many other
relatives and an unbelievable number of loyal
friends who all said that the party never got
started until Daniel arrived...sounds a lot like
his Grandpa Landy!!!
beloved son, brother, grandson, uncle, nephew and
friend...you are missed.
are always in our hearts.