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Black, Daniel "Kelly"

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July 20, 1939 - December 20, 2014

Black, Daniel "Kelly"

In the early morning hours at home on December 20, 2014, Daniel K. (Kelly) Black went home to be with his Lord and Savior.

Kelly was 75 years old and was born in Toledo, Ohio, on July 20, 1939. He graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in Toledo. He was on the Toledo swimming team and qualified for the Olympics in Japan when he was just 16 years of age. He graduated from Bowling Green University with a degree in civil engineering. He was a star running back for Bowling Green. After college, Kelly was in the U.S. Navy for four years and was an air traffic controller and also flew the Navy A4 jet. He was stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

After the Navy, he went to work for Boise Cascade in Seattle as a civil engineer. He had an entrepreneurial spirit and when moving to the Ft. Worth area he started his own building and renovations company of D.K. Black and Associates. After renovating the Stouffers Hotel in Maui, Hawaii, Kelly and his wife, Vivian, moved back to Dallas in 1991 where he opened a new company; Renovations Plus. He retired at age 65 and spent most of his time at their beloved log home on Lake Bob Sandlin in East Texas. He loved to bass fish and was an avid fisherman; participating in many tournaments.

He always felt closest to God when he was in his bass boat watching the early morning sunrise and marveling at the beauty God had created. Kelly was preceded in death by his parents, Kent Joel Black and Helen.

He is survived by his loving wife, Vivian, whom he married in February of 1989 in Ft. Worth. They were each other’s soul mates for 26 years. He is also survived by his daughters, Vicky Lee and husband Cody and Kelly Michelle Chavez and her husband Ed,  his sons, Danny Black and Steven Black, stepsons, Trey McCann and wife Tracey and Rolf McCann and wife Carolyn, grandchildren, Lakin Lee, Colton and Lexi Chavez, Dillon, Alyssa and Riya Black, and step grandchildren Matthew and Luke McCann.

The family has great gratitude and love for Kimberly Bright and the wonderful team of caretakers for their devoted love and care for Kelly. Kimberly was a true angel sent by God.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Dallas Bible Church at 15765 Hillcrest Road, Dallas, TX 75248 where there will be a memorial service and celebration of life at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 5, 2014 with a lunch immediately following in the Fireside Room at the church.

Arrangements are under the direction of

ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252


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Charles Taylor

January 04, 2015 4:04PM

Liz & I are so sorry for your loss. Vivian, We are to here for you. We had such fun vacations, lake week-ends, dinner dates with you'll. We will always remember our fun times with both of you and cherish our friendship. God Bless!!!

Peggy Millheiser

January 02, 2015 5:33PM

Kelly has had such a fascinating life, excelling in so many different activities. Kelly was such a gentleman, that you can imagine my surprise when he dressed up as the Grinch at the office Christmas luncheon. That is such a happy and fun memory. I hope your sadness will soon be replaced by the memories that have made you smile and laugh over the years. Dave joins me in expressing our sincere love and sympathy.

Rex & Dolores Hendrix

December 28, 2014 5:47PM

Our deepest sympathy to you and family. We have missed seeing you. Take care.

Don Davis

December 28, 2014 4:06PM

Vivian, you are very much in my thoughts at this difficult time.

Betsy Senter

December 28, 2014 1:03PM

Vivian and Vicki, you have been in my thoughts and prayers throughout the holidays. With such a devastating loss, I hope the promise of the season gives you comfort. Much love and hugs, Betsy Senter

Linda Lester

December 27, 2014 8:39PM

Vicki, your dad seemed to have lived life to the fullest. I know you all will miss him very much. My prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Tricia Rhea

December 27, 2014 2:32PM

Chip & I send our love and sincerest sympathy in the loss of your precious husband, Vivian. I knew how great your love was just by the way you always lit up whenever you spoke of "your Kelly." Know that I am here, that I care so much and will have you in my daily prayers. Your loss is SO great but your memories will always be there to comfort you. Love you.

Anita Palmer

December 27, 2014 2:30PM

May God be with the family at this time. My prayers are with you.

Anita Palmer