Clinton E Daniel, a 55 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 in Torrance. Born in Barnsdall, OK, Clinton was 79 when he died. Clinton had served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Bellflower Masonic Lodge, the Al Malaikah Shrine Temple (he was a longtime volunteer at North Redondo Little League), and during his retirement he worked as a Crossing Guard for the City of Redondo Beach. His career was spent as a machinist working on various projects related to the American Space Program. Clinton is survived by his son, Clinton E Daniel Jr. of Torrance, CA; step-daughter, Darlene Vest of Jacksonville, FL; 4 grandchildren: Susie Mota, Jonathon Vest, Seth and Leah Daniel; and 1 great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Clarence and Loretta, and his parents, Jessie and Oda Daniel. Services will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 10am. Burial will follow at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside at 1:45pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Redondo Beach Little League in Clinton's honor.

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  1. Hi JR, I am sorry to hear about Clinton, I have been trying to get a hold of him sense we talked but never did. He is and always will be in my heart as I know he is in yours.Please let me know if there is anything I can do. You and your family are in my heart and prayers. Love always Dean & Stacey 206-841-4671

  2. I will always love uncle Clinton and am grateful for his thoughtfulness for me and my family. I’m so glad we got to talk recently. I will miss him.

  3. Clinton was always there for me and I so appreciate that. We had some rough moments with Clarence and you helped me through those times. I am glad you were able to see the pictures I sent. Thanks for being you! Love always, Arline

  4. J.R. & Darlene – We were both so sad to hear about your dad. He will always be remembered as a giving and caring soul, especially to NRBLL. We shape our lives not by what we carry with us–but by what we leave behind. With condolences in the loss of someone whose generous spirit touched so many. Love Don and Terri Dinubilo

  5. I am Michael Daniel, Dean Daniel’s oldest son. Over the years I have heard stories about my uncle Clinton, but never had the opportunity to meet him in person. I had the privilege of speaking with him over the phone since I have never been to California myself to this day. Clinton always had a way of making you laugh he was very straightforward about everything he said and had many stories of experiences that most never do. I feel he was a very unique individual with many talents and was able to touch others lives with those talents. I hope all of you agree even though I only got to talk to him a few times in my life. May God bless his new journey. Thank You for taking the time to read this I hope this helps some of you realize that even a little time spent is still a lot. God bless all.

  6. Thank you Poppi for everything you taught me, as well as the memories. I remmeber you picking me up Long Beach airport late one night, without hesitation. I was coming home from school in the military, you helped me suprise everyone for Thanksgiving that year. I remember calling you from Iraq, we just chatted for a the few minutes that I had. You understood that I wanted to hear about the “everyday” things. You helped me pick out my first motorcycle. Helped me fix my vehicles countless times over the years. I remember one time when I was working on my truck and a tool slipped, hit me in the head, flung me against the wall, and knocked me out. I came too, you were stand next me admiring the new mark on my forehead. Then we finished fixing my truck. The list of memories goes on and on. Good bye, Semper Fi.

  7. To JR., Johnathon, Susie and Darlene, we would like to send our condolences and to let you know Clinton was the type of person who touched the lives of so many. Carmen and I knew he and Sue not only through the NRLL but in the many interactions of being neighbors and friends. Clint would always enjoy the times when we went to places like Santa Rosa, San Diego, and San Bernadino. Although these were travels for ball games we always took trips around to sight see these areas. He was especially glad that we included JR in our travels back east to the Little League World series, and that we took the time to stop in the small town in Oklahoma where he was born. Carmen and I feel blessed to have known him and to have counted him as a special friend.

  8. Dearest Daniel Family, I would like to share my condolences for your loss. Clint was so wonderful in helping our young children get to school safely. All the children looked up to him as he always give that familiar smile and encouraging words of wisdom. Godspeed Clinton you will be missed by us all

  9. Clint, Words could never adequately describe how special and how loved you were. I was lucky enough to have you as a Father in Law for 14 years and as a Grandfather to my children for the last 4 years. Seth & Leah love you so much and your presence in their lives was such a wonderful gift. They are so blessed to have had you as their special Poppy. The last time we spoke, you said that felt that everything in your life had worked out the way it was supposed to and that you were happy. I will hold on to that conversation and the thousand other good memories I have of stories you told and time spent with you. Thank you so much for being a great father to my husband, and providing him with such a positive example of what a father can be in their children’s lives. You have touched so many people in your community and have so many friends because of the content of your character. I hope my children inherited that quality from you, along with a big dose of your sense of humor. I love you and I miss you. Our lives will be forever changed without you in it. Love, Cathy

  10. Clint meant so much to all of us who grew up in North Redondo. To me he was a father figure, who was always willing to help out and was responsible for so many happy memories. As I got older, I continually found that it was his advice that helped me make the tough decisions in life. He will be greatly missed. Buso

  11. I never had the chance to meet Clinton in person. But I had the great privilege to talk with him on the phone a number of times. He always had so many story’s to tell! I wish that I only had the chance to meet with him in person. God rest your soul Clinton Daniel.

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