Jess Michael Daniel Sr., a charter board member of the Grapevine Heritage Foundation as well as a mentor, teacher, patriot, submariner, Mason, Eagle Scout, philanthropist and community volunteer, died Oct. 27 at his home of cancer.
He was 77.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Nov. 13 at The Founders Building at 701 South Main Street in Grapevine.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grapevine Heritage Foundation, Nash Farm at 636 S. Main St. Grapevine, TX 76051.
Mr. Daniel was born to J.B. and Margie Daniel on Sept. 12, 1937, in Fort Worth.
Mr. Daniel graduated from Grapevine High School in 1955 and went that fall and the next spring to the University of Texas at Austin.
Following his retirement from the Navy in 1978, Mr. Daniel moved back to Grapevine and leased the Cabinet Shop and Iron Works from his father.
He also rekindled his love of art. He enrolled in the University of North Texas in the art program in 1985 and received his bachelor’s degree in fine arts in sculpture and industrial design and his master’s degree in sculpture and drawing in 1989.
In 1989, Mr. Daniel was appointed by the City Council as a Charter Board member of the Grapevine Heritage Foundation. Thus began a long service of hard work and philanthropy in the service of his community.
He played a major role in getting the old families of Grapevine to understand the importance of historic preservation and the necessity of historic preservation ordinances and overlays.
In 1998, Mr. Daniel and his wife Judy began the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the Daniel Cabinet Shop and Iron Works.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, five children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.