DENNIS RAY DANIELS

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DENNIS RAY DANIELS  
 

Dennis Ray Daniels, 67, died peacefully at his home in Annandale, Virginia on August 14, 2014. He is survived by his wife Jennifer Busch Daniels, son Carter and daughter Kathryn, all of Annandale; son Thomas Daniels and grandson Evan of Lexington, Kentucky; sister Dianne Renfro and husband Ralph of Chase, Kansas; and brother Bill and wife Pattie of Winfield, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Peggy and Ray Daniels.
 
Born in 1947 in Alva, Oklahoma, Dennis was a star athlete at Douglass High School (KS) where he earned a football scholarship to Butler County Junior College in El Dorado, Kansas. He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam era, and, after completing his service, became the first member of his family to earn a college degree, with BAs in both history and political science from Wichita State University.
 
Dennis enjoyed a long career in federal government, working both for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, retiring in 2006 as the Director of Headquarters Operations at the Office of Native American Programs. After retiring from the federal government, Dennis joined the nonprofit National American Indian Housing Council, retiring in 2012 as the Deputy Director. Through his career, Dennis became well known as a knowledgeable and passionate champion of American Indian housing and economic development, and left a lasting impact on those he worked with and on those whom he served.
 
Since his retirement, Dennis was a full-time stay at home father and active community volunteer. He particularly enjoyed taking his children to Rehoboth Beach. During his life Dennis had many roles: farmer, athlete, bull rider, civil servant; however, in his last years he was doing his favorite work, as husband and father.
 
The memorial service was held on Monday, August 18. At the family's request,
please make donations in lieu of flowers to Just Neighbors (www.justneighbors.org) or the Native American Rights Fund (www.narf.org).


Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 22, 2014
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