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Daniel G. San Miguel, Jr. went home to the Lord on June 21, 2013. He was born on May 29, 1931 in San Antonio, Texas, to Daniel and Velia San Miguel. He is predeceased by his parents, beloved brother Robert San Miguel, daughter-in-law Amada San Miguel, and great-grandson Rex Neal Van de Putte. Daniel grew up around the old Mercado area of San Antonio where his father owned "La Botica Guadalupana" on Produce Row in what is now Market Square. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and attended St. Mary's University. In his junior year he entered and won a national poetry contest following the advice of his mentor, Bro. Anthony Frederick SM. He joined the United States Army during the Korean War, served honorably, and became a proud veteran. Among his other credits, Daniel taught English and coached in the Edgewood ISD, was Director of the City of San Antonio Model Cities Program, was a Bexar County Sheriff Deputy Badge #113, was an investigator for District Attorney James Barlow and for the Bexar County Coroner's Office. He was a highly regarded private investigator for over 20 years working with a number of prestigious law firms and clients. He also volunteered actively as his children's CYO baseball, track, and Pony league football coach. He later extended his community service working on political campaigns, doing poetry readings and inspirational talks, and participating in veteran's events. He was a treasured and frequent guest at Harmony Schools where he recited poetry and read to the students about U.S. History, the military and great American leaders. In 2004 he published "The Winter of My Years," a collection of 18 autobiographical poems. In the book's title poem, he wrote: "I have no answers, no regrets / only the experience of life and memories." In 2007, La Prensa presented him with the Hispanic Heritage Award in Literary Arts. He was also awarded a Fulbright-Hays Grant. He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Barbara San Miguel and sisters-in-law Mary Louise San Miguel and Elanora Hurst and brother-in-law Sydney Spencer; his children, State Senator Leticia Van de Putte and her husband Pete, Daniel San Miguel III, Annabelle Garcia and her husband Federal Judge Orlando Garcia, Rosanne Valenzuela and her husband Pastor John Valenzuela of Community Bible Church, Roland San Miguel and wife Cindy and their mother Belle San Miguel Ortiz; his grand-children Dr. Nichole Van de Putte-Stiles and her husband Jason Stiles, Vanessa Van de Putte, Henry P. Van de Putte III and wife Rena, Gregory Van de Putte and his wife Samantha Isaacs, Isabella Van de Putte, Paul Van de Putte, Andrea Gonzales, Daniel San Miguel IV, Adriana San Miguel, Angela San Miguel, Yvonne Valenzuela, Moses Valenzuela, Megan Valenzuela, Brian Valenzuela, Timothy Valenzuela, Sean Valenzuela, Juan Rolando San Miguel, Alejandro San Miguel; and great-grandchildren Julian, Jove, and Marlo Stiles, Elliot Taylor, and Asher Van de Putte. Visitation will be at Porter Loring Mortuary, 1101 McCullough beginning at 4:00 PM on Monday.
JUNE 24, 2013
PORTER LORING CHAPEL
1101 MCCULLOUGH AVE.
JUNE 25, 2013
ST. JOHN NEUMANN CATHOLIC CHURCH
Burial following at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. Donations may be made in Daniel San Miguel's honor to the 100 Club of San Antonio, P.O. Box 6741 San Antonio, TX 78209
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Published in Express-News on June 24, 2013