McDaniel, Michael Craig

December 20, 1953 - April 12, 2021

Michael Craig McDaniel, age 67, of Dallas, Texas, passed away on Monday, April 12, 2021. He was born on December 20, 1953 in Dallas, Texas to parents Billie and Ruby McDaniel. He was a lifelong resident of Texas except for a few years in his youth when the family moved to Colorado. He graduated from Golden High School in Golden, Colorado in 1972. In 1985 he joined the Texas Army National Guard where he worked as a recruiter and was stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas. Upon his retirement from the military, he completed his Bachelor’s degree, majoring in History. In 2008, he found his passion and began teaching. He has been a beloved staff member of Barbara Bush Middle School in the Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD for the last 12 years. He taught History and Science and was also the Chess team sponsor. Throughout his life, he also had many hobbies and interests, including: military history, building model kits, wargaming, playing and umpiring softball, Dungeons and Dragons and above all, he LOVED the Dallas Stars.

He is survived by his daughter Robyn Mills and husband, James, of Wylie, Texas, granddaughter, Natalie Mills, grandsons, Alex and Jackson Mills, nephew, Shane Morriss and wife, Roxana, of Golden, Colorado, and his fiancé, René Curtis of McKinney, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Billie and Ruby McDaniel, and his sister, Linda Morriss.

Military Honors Services for Michael McDaniel will be at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery in Grand Prairie, TX on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 10:30am. We are assigned to lane 3. Please pull into that lane by 10:30 and wait for the procession to begin.

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Arrangements under the direction of:

Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home

19310 Preston Road

Dallas, Texas 75252

(214) 306-6700

6 replies on “McDaniel, Michael Craig”

Charlotte Berry says:

Robyn, may you and your family feel God’s strength as you move through this difficult time of life.

Matt Warnock says:

Michael was a beloved member of our BBMS Family and we are grateful for him being part of our life. Our thoughts continue to be with all of his Family and Friends.

Maddox Muse says:

Mike made teachers feel welcome at Bush and helped us to be more social with each other after hours. He was the biggest Dallas Stars fan I ever knew and loved to talk about them. I will pray for his friends and family. God Bless, Maddox Muse

Michelle Morris says:

Mr. McDaniel was a huge part of our BBMS Family. He always found a way to connect with the students and staff. He was truly a joy to be around and I am blessed to have had in my life. Prayers to the whole family.

Arpine Eglenceoglu says:

Mr.McDaniel knew what is m ost important in life, family, friends, students and service to humanity.The energy and hard work he put forth in BBMS was unassuming, quided by kindness and generosity.
Mr.McDaniel you inspired me for 12 years I worked with you. May your legecy inspire the ones you dedicated your life.

Billie Jo Helburg Collins says:

Gone too young. So sorry for your loss. I just learned of Mike’s passing. We were in 4-H with our horses, and high school together. Our parents were friends. Nice family. Mike was always a fun guy. We lost touch after high school. Reconnected many years ago via social media, but lost touch again. Prayers for his family.

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Excellent customer service, they made you feel like you were their only customer. Very helpful and explained what we should expect during the process. They basically took care of our needs during this time. They contacted DFW National Cemetery for us which made it a smooth experience. Definitely will use them again.

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