Obituary Condolences

DANIEL LAGRASTA, 80, passed from this life on Wednesday, November 25, 2009. He was born on June 22, 1929 in Pittston, Pennsylvania. He was the second son of Fred and Theresa LaGrasta. In 1947, Dan joined the United States Navy, serving as a forward torpedo man aboard the USS Seafox. Following his service to his country, Dan graduated with a masters degree from The University of North Texas. His first football coaching job was at Breckenridge High School. From there, he went to San Angelo Central High School as an assistant coach, becoming the head football coach and athletic director in 1967 before leaving to join Emory Bellard at Texas A&M University in 1972, where he remained until 1985. Upon his retirement from coaching, he and his wife, Barbara, owned several McDonalds's restaurants in the Houston area, where together their restaurants consistently won outstanding store awards.Daniel was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother, Nick. A devoted husband, father, grandfather and true friend to many, Daniel is leaving us with many wonderful memories to cherish forever.He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Barbara, son, Fred, and wife, Marne, son, Steve, and wife, Karen, grandchildren, Nick, Mitch, Michael, James, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.His hobbies included fishing, golf, and anything Texas A&M. Dan was elected to the Texas High School Football Coaches' Hall of Honor in 2001. He was also a member of Katy V.F.W.Visitation will be held at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home in Houston, Texas (13001 Katy Freeway) on Sunday, November 29th from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.A memorial service celebrating Dan's life will be held at Fulshear United Methodist Church in Fulshear, Texas on Monday, November 30th at 2:00 P.M.In lieu of Flowers, please consider a donation to either the Fulshear United Methodist Church (P.O. box 100, Fulshear, Texas 77441) or the Texas A&M 12th Man Foundation (P.O. Drawer L-1 College Station, TX 77844.

Published in Houston Chronicle from Nov. 27 to Nov. 29, 2009
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