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This website was created in memory of Ken Michael Daniel, Jr. Please consider leaving a message about Ken in the Tributes section. You can use the Stories tab to tell one of the many adventures during Ken's life. Feel free to add pictures in the Gallery tab so that this website can be a testament to his life for his family and friends to treasure always. The Stories tab also contains his career resume accomplishments.  The Life tab contains his memory video and you can find additional pictures in the Gallery tab.  Thank you ..

Arrangements:  Ken's last wishes were to be cremated and some of his ashes spread across the Grand Canyon as this is somewhere he always wanted to go.  His sons, Bryce & Peyton Daniel will be taking a trip in the future to carry out his wishes.  

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Ken Michael Daniel, Jr.
Dawn:  02/10/1965    Dusk:  03/11/2021
Ken Michael Daniel, Jr. was born in Pasadena, TX on February 10, 1965. He was a sweet, beautiful child with auburn, curly hair and an infectious smile which drew people to him. Growing up, Ken was always curious about his surroundings and learned on his own how to build things and figure out how things worked.  He was a friendly, happy child who always enjoyed being outdoors and loved his family.

After living in several places in Texas and Louisiana,  Ken attended Acadiana High School in Lafayette, Louisiana where he played varsity football and enjoyed wood-working.  He built several special wood pieces during high school that he would keep throughout his life including a working mantle clock, a standing clothes valet and a solid oak gun cabinet, which won awards at local wood-working competitions. 

After graduating high school in 1983, Ken joined the United States Navy where he served for 4 years as an Aviation Ordnanceman aboard the USS Independence CV 62 and the USS America CV 66. During the Navy, he received the Good Conduct Award, The Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.  After his military service, Ken returned to Lafayette, Louisiana and worked in restaurant management while he attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL/UL). 

He graduated from USL in 1995 with a degree in Hospitality Management & Business.  Ken married Paula Broussard Daniel in 1994 and after both of their college graduations, they moved to Dallas, Texas where their sons were born .. Philip Bryce Daniel (Born: 1997) & Peyton Michael Daniel (Born: 2001).  Ken continued managing many restaurants in the Dallas, Texas area and helped to raise his young sons with his wife, Paula. 

He returned home to Louisiana in 2005 where he transitioned his career to safety management for various oilfield service companies. His naval training in weaponry, additional safety & quality accreditations, his strong safety mindset and strict attention to detail made this a perfect career choice in his later life.  Ken worked in many oilfield safety positions, both onshore and offshore platforms in addition to teaching as a safety instructor until his retirement. 

Ken was a wonderful father, participating in many activities with his sons throughout their childhood .. cub scout parent, football coach, skeet shooting, 4H Volunteer, serving on the board of his son’s school, attending all of their competitions and sporting events. He was a country boy at heart and enjoyed all the outdoor activities life had to offer .. hunting, fishing & boating.

In recent years, Ken struggled with health issues which eventually took him from us way too soon.  Throughout his life, he was loved by many as a son, brother, father, husband and friend.  He will be deeply missed and remembered for his kindness, willingness to help anyone, wonderful sense of humor and contagious smile.  His boys will have grown up knowing the true love of a father and will try to carry on his sense of love for America and his honor in all things he did.  We love you, Ken, for everything you have given to so many people.  This life will not be the same without your beautiful spirit.    
Posted by Julie Butcher on March 19, 2021
I have had the pleasure of knowing Ken for many years.He was a special person to me ken was a strong person often referred to himself as Superman. I belive it was his faith in God is where he drew his strength. He always express the blessings of his two sons. He loved them deeply. I will miss ken great. I know he is at peace. And all his pain and suffering is over.i pray that his sons and family find peace and comfrort through their faith in God.
Posted by LINA PICCOLO on March 15, 2021
No one could ask for a better big brother! Growing up with you was a pleasure. We had good and bad times, but never let that effect the love we had for each other as siblings. You gave me away at my wedding and I will always be grateful for your love and support. You are our Angel!
Posted by Paula Daniel on March 15, 2021
This has been such a difficult weekend for myself and my sons. My boys are devastated by this loss of their father and they are trying to deal with the reality of living life without him. Being his ex-wife, our relationship was sometimes complicated but we parented our sons together and were very close friends until the end. He lived with me recently with his health issues and even when he moved back to his house, we talked or texted almost every day. Ken and I have come a long way over the last 30 years .. from a wonderful friendship to a beautiful marriage, having two amazing sons, an unfortunate divorce, and then eventually back to the wonderful friendship where we continued raising our sons together. Sure .. there were difficult times mixed in, but so many wonderful times as well. Not only have I felt love for Ken for the remainder of his life, but I will continue to feel that love for the rest of mine. 
Posted by Ron Salazar on March 15, 2021
I met Ken the summer before our junior year at two a days football practice. I had just moved to Lafayette and Ken number 79 treated me as if we had been friends for years. I moved away after graduation but never forgot what great person he was. I met a lot of amazing people in Lafayette but Ken you were one of best!!!
Posted by Kenneth Bordelon on March 14, 2021
You will always be remember from Acadiana High and the neighborhood. Rest well Ken, you were one of a kind my friend!
Posted by Angela Savell on March 14, 2021
We laughed. We traveled. We danced. “Time for Me to Fly” has taken on a whole new meaning for me. Fly with the angels, Ken; rest well.
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Posted by Julie Butcher on March 19, 2021
I have had the pleasure of knowing Ken for many years.He was a special person to me ken was a strong person often referred to himself as Superman. I belive it was his faith in God is where he drew his strength. He always express the blessings of his two sons. He loved them deeply. I will miss ken great. I know he is at peace. And all his pain and suffering is over.i pray that his sons and family find peace and comfrort through their faith in God.
Posted by LINA PICCOLO on March 15, 2021
No one could ask for a better big brother! Growing up with you was a pleasure. We had good and bad times, but never let that effect the love we had for each other as siblings. You gave me away at my wedding and I will always be grateful for your love and support. You are our Angel!
Posted by Paula Daniel on March 15, 2021
This has been such a difficult weekend for myself and my sons. My boys are devastated by this loss of their father and they are trying to deal with the reality of living life without him. Being his ex-wife, our relationship was sometimes complicated but we parented our sons together and were very close friends until the end. He lived with me recently with his health issues and even when he moved back to his house, we talked or texted almost every day. Ken and I have come a long way over the last 30 years .. from a wonderful friendship to a beautiful marriage, having two amazing sons, an unfortunate divorce, and then eventually back to the wonderful friendship where we continued raising our sons together. Sure .. there were difficult times mixed in, but so many wonderful times as well. Not only have I felt love for Ken for the remainder of his life, but I will continue to feel that love for the rest of mine. 
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This video was created with love to showcase the wonderful life of Ken Daniel.
Ken Michael Daniel, Jr. was born in Pasadena, TX on February 10, 1965. He was a sweet, beautiful child with auburn, curly hair and an infectious smile which drew people to him. Growing up, Ken was always curious about his surroundings and learned on his own how to build things and figure out how things worked.  He was a friendly, happy child who always enjoyed being outdoors and loved his family.

After living in several places in Texas and Louisiana,  Ken attended Acadiana High School in Lafayette, Louisiana where he played varsity football and enjoyed wood-working.  He built several special wood pieces during high school that he would keep throughout his life including a working mantle clock, a standing clothes valet and a solid oak gun cabinet, which won awards at local wood-working competitions. 

After graduating high school in 1983, Ken joined the United States Navy where he served for 4 years as an Aviation Ordnanceman aboard the USS Independence CV 62 and the USS America CV 66. During the Navy, he received the Good Conduct Award, The Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.  After his military service, Ken returned to Lafayette, Louisiana and worked in restaurant management while he attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL/UL). 

He graduated from USL in 1995 with a degree in Hospitality Management & Business.  Ken married Paula Broussard Daniel in 1994 and after both of their college graduations, they moved to Dallas, Texas where their sons were born .. Philip Bryce Daniel (Born: 1997) & Peyton Michael Daniel (Born: 2001).  Ken continued managing various restaurants in the Dallas, Texas area and helped to raise his young sons with his wife, Paula. 

He returned home to Louisiana in 2005 where he transitioned his career to safety management for various oilfield service companies. His naval training in weaponry, additional safety & quality accreditations, his strong safety mindset and strict attention to detail made this a perfect career choice in his later life.  Ken worked in many oilfield safety positions, both onshore and offshore platforms in addition to teaching as a safety instructor until his retirement. 

Ken was a wonderful father, participating in many activities with his sons throughout their childhood .. cub scout parent, football coach, skeet shooting, 4H Volunteer, serving on the board of his son’s school, attending all of their competitions and sporting events. He was a country boy at heart and enjoyed all the outdoor activities life had to offer .. hunting, fishing & boating.

In recent years, Ken struggled with health issues which eventually took him from us way too soon.  Throughout his life, he was loved by many as a son, brother, father, husband and friend.  He will be deeply missed and remembered for his kindness, willingness to help anyone, wonderful sense of humor and contagious smile.  His boys will have grown up knowing the true love of a father and will try to carry on his sense of love for America and his honor in all things he did.  We love you, Ken, for everything you have given to so many people.  This life will not be the same without your beautiful spirit.  
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Ken Daniel - Career Resume

Shared by Paula Daniel on March 15, 2021
Although this is not something that is normally shown on a memorial website, Ken's career resume really shows a good highlight of his life and accomplishments.  He was very skilled in many areas of safety, quality, and management.  This points to another facet of his years on this earth .. a purposeful life of achievement from a good man.