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 Claude McDaniel

Claude McDaniel

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Death 12 Dec 2014 (aged 84)
Burial Garden City, Glasscock County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 139932963 · View Source
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MIDLAND - Claude McDaniel passed away peacefully at his home in Austin, Texas on December 12, 2014 shortly after celebrating his 84th birthday.
He is survived by his wife Ethel, children Sherry, Jeff and Steve, much-beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren. If you knew him, you probably knew of his love for the Texas-born domino game called 42. Until his memory began to challenge him, he would never miss a chance to join a game. He was known (and feared) for his ability to play out a "nello" hand. Truth be told, he also made it a point to teach his kids poker at a very young age. Family gatherings will never be the same without him at the table when the dominos or cards start to be shuffled.
Claude was born in San Angelo, Texas October 23, 1930, though he lived most of his childhood on ranches around Garden City, Texas. He lived in Odessa for many years and raised a family there, though he briefly moved to various close-by places like Lubbock and Midland in the child-rearing years. West Texas was always home to him, and he returned to it as often as he could. He will return to it for good on December 14, 2014, in the Garden City, Texas of his youth where he will be buried alongside his grandparents, parents and two brothers. Those of us who knew and loved him are certain that he will be completely at peace there. He always was.
As an adult, he left the ranch, tried a couple of different professions, and ultimately became a fine-home, custom builder. He built custom homes in Odessa and in Dallas that were of such quality and care-to-detail that he was admired by many as a true craftsman. He built houses and office spaces for his children, structures in which he obviously put the best of his craft to work. As a licensed broker, he owned and operated a successful real estate firm in Dallas, primarily to complement his custom-building. He never traded quality for quantity, even though many of his contemporaries did, and he always proud of this accomplishment. As a result, there are many testaments in Dallas and Odessa where owners of his homes still benefit from that craftsmanship.
True to his West Texas roots, he was always an oil man. In earlier years, he was a roughneck, a tool pusher, owned and operated a Mobil Oil service station in Andrews, Texas, and later owned a tank battery company in Odessa, Texas. So, after retiring from building, he focused his passion on the oil business centered in his beloved West Texas. He organized the mineral assets of his family and created family-owned corporations to grow these assets. Just like his craftsmanship in building homes, he passionately built a family office that still benefits today from his knowledge of geology, production and leasing. It was not uncommon for him to teach a roughneck, driller, crew boss, geologist or oil company executive something they did not know – they recognized him as a fellow oil man, and he was always welcome on the rig or at the negotiation table. Of course, nothing made him break out into that toothy smile or put a twinkle in those baby blue eyes more than one of his wells flaring gas after a well completion that confirmed his oil business sense.


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  • Created by: Michauel Bryan
  • Added: 12 Dec 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 139932963
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Claude McDaniel (23 Oct 1930–12 Dec 2014), Find A Grave Memorial no. 139932963, citing Garden City Cemetery, Garden City, Glasscock County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Michauel Bryan (contributor 47961912) .