I had the privilege of meeting Daniel when he regularly visited us at my shop in Irving. He was beloved by us all here for his dry wit, sharp sense of humor, and for being a really fun guy to just sit and chat with.
As a liberal from Europe he'd love to rib on me for views what were often in direct opposition to his own, yet as a true American, he listened to me with an open mind and treated my differing views with civility and respect. When he came to replace my water heater at one point he joked that he'd almost turned around in his truck when he saw my wife's Clinton bumper sticker. He took great pleasure in messing with me, and I took just as much joy throwing it back at him. I think we were both competing court jesters in a previous life.
The thing that always stuck with me about Daniel though was his commitment to his family. Every time we talked he would mention his concern for someone at home, whether it be his equally hilarious wife, or one of his kids and the various shenanigans they were up to. No matter who was driving him temporarily crazy that day, he always concluded that he just wanted to them to be happy and secure. He thought of everyone but himself first, and he regularly expressed his love and pride of his wife and children.
I'll never know Daniel as well as most of the people on here, but I can honestly say I'm blessed to have met him. He was a hard-working man who made me laugh, made me think, and, most importantly, made me understand the importance of unconditional love for friends and family. He will be missed, but lovingly remembered by us all.
Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.
All our love,
Alex, Matthew, Bradford, Topher, and Dan at Artisan
Alex Taylor - Saturday December 16, 2017 via Condolence Message