July 20, 1939 - December 20, 2014
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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