Antonio H. Daniel Sr., 80, of Sunnyside went to be with the Lord on Wednesday Aug. 7, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family.
Antonio was born April 17, 1934 in Mercedes, Texas to Manuel and Guadalupe Daniel.
As a child and into his young adulthood he migrated with his family to work in different crops. They migrated from south Texas to west Texas, Arizona, Idaho and arriving in Washington in April of 1947.
He and his family continued following work until he joined the U.S. Army in March 1957. He served until 1959 in Fort Polk, La. While in the Army, he obtained his GED. He settled in the state of Washington, where he resided in the communities of Pasco, Grandview, Burlington and eventually Sunnyside.
Antonio was a longtime advocate for migrant families and spent most of his career helping those less fortunate. He worked for Head Start for more than 50 years. He held numerous positions with different agencies throughout the nation. During his career he conducted federal audits for Head Start all across the nation. He continued to work and advocate for the migrant community until his retirement in May 2011, when he was working for Washington State Migrant Council.
He received numerous awards and recognition throughout his long career. The one he was most proud of was the “Plate of Bounty Award” he received from Head Start in the year 2000, for his outstanding leadership.
He had a great sense of humor and really enjoyed telling his stories and making people laugh.
In 1975 he met his longtime companion and future wife, Olga Zavala. Together they had two sons, Antonio H. Daniel Jr. and Victorino Daniel.
He enjoyed camping, fishing dancing and spending time with his family. His hobbies were making his famous salsa and tending to his garden.
Antonio is survived by his wife, Olga Daniel of Sunnyside; his children, Rosemary Aguayo-Othon of Phoenix, Ariz., Jacqueline Ramirez, Corina Cortez, Linda Daniel, all of Pasco, Victor Robles of Chula Vista, Calif., Finan and Manuel Daniel, both of Pasco, Guadalupe Sarmiento, Antonio H. Daniel Jr., Victorino Daniel, Maria Diaz, Andrew Daniel and Selena Daniel, all of Sunnyside; one sister, Linda Cervantes of Prosser; numerous nieces and nephews; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceeded in death by his parents, Manuel and Guadalupe Daniel; one brother, Alberto Daniel; three sisters, Fidencia Cerna, Rosa Morado and Margarita Rocha; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Viewing and visitation will be held Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, from 4 to 8 p.m., with recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6 p.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside, with graveside services to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside. A reception will follow at Saint Joseph Catholic Church gymnasium.
All condolences can be sent to www.valleyhillsfh.com
Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.