Delbert DeWayne Daniel, Aug. 23, 1941-May 4, 2019
Delbert “Del” DeWayne Daniel, a longtime resident of Fullerton, died May 4 in hospice care at home after a long battle with lymphoma. He was 77.
A renowned tennis player, he was a professional coach for a number of years in Long Beach and Orange County and also coached the Boys and Girls teams at Canyon Springs High in Moreno Valley.
He was an active genealogist and had traced many family histories in putting together extensive family trees for future generations to build on. He had an impressive stamp collection which he began in his youth and was well-known among area philatelists. He was a huge fan of big bands and jazz bands and regularly attended shows up and down California.
Also, he was a talented writer of short stories and regularly entertained a large audience of Facebook friends with his memories, most of them humorous and self-effacing. They were well-received by all.
He was born in Borger, Tex. to William A. and Mary Lee Rodgers Daniel on Aug. 23, 1941, the first of four children. The young family moved to Long Beach in 1942 to work in the shipyards after the outbreak of WWII. Two sets of grandparents also made the move, establishing a decades-long association with Long Beach.
Known as “Sonny” until his teen-age years, he started elementary school at Starr King before the family moved close to Houghton Park and he attended Grant Elementary, Hamilton Jr. High, and Jordan High, where he earned All-City honors in both singles and doubles for the Panther tennis team for three years running. He was the No. 1 player at Long Beach City College and accepted an athletic scholarship to Wichita State University and later transferred to Long Beach State. He owned and operated tennis shops at Billie Jean King Center in Recreation Park as well as shops at El Dorado Park and other locales during his professional life.
Del is survived by daughters Dee Lyn Jones and her 5 sons, Taylor, Dallin (wife Chelsea), Riley (wife Cylee), Mason, and Colton; and Kristy Rae Wieser (Kevin) and her daughters Jessica and Jordan; along with younger brother Dave (Mary) and many nieces and nephews. He was expecting his first great-granddaughter in a matter of weeks.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Darryl, and his sister Mary Denese.
Service information to come …