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Adfer David McDaniel

May 27, 1943 - May 13, 2017

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Adfer David McDaniel (Mac)



May 27, 1943 - May 13, 2017





Adfer David McDaniel, or Mac as many of his friends knew him, went peacefully home to the Lord on May 13, 2017.





Adfer was born to Adfer E. McDaniel and Beatrice McDaniel in Washington D.C. Adfer was preceded in death by his parents, wife Rene Mc Daniel, and his son Matthew McDaniel. He is survived by his sons Edward McDaniel, Franklin Greger, daughters Mary Hansen, Deborah Riley, and Stephanie Kerr, brother Valen, sisters Diane, Linda,...

Adfer David McDaniel (Mac)



May 27, 1943 - May 13, 2017





Adfer David McDaniel, or Mac as many of his friends knew him, went peacefully home to the Lord on May 13, 2017.





Adfer was born to Adfer E. McDaniel and Beatrice McDaniel in Washington D.C. Adfer was preceded in death by his parents, wife Rene Mc Daniel, and his son Matthew McDaniel. He is survived by his sons Edward McDaniel, Franklin Greger, daughters Mary Hansen, Deborah Riley, and Stephanie Kerr, brother Valen, sisters Diane, Linda, Mary and Tamy, 6 nieces, 12 nephews,16 grand children and two great grand children.





Adfer grew up in Bloomfield, New Jersey, attended St. Thomas The Apostle School, and graduated from Essex Catholic High School in 1961. After high school he entered into the seminary with the Irish Christian Brothers in Illinois. The Lord had other plans for Adfer and he left the seminary and enlisted with the Navy and trained to be a corpsman at Annapolis, Maryland. While there Mac met and married his first wife, Dolores.





Shortly after being married, Adfer was deployed to Vietnam and served with the Marines as a corpsman. In Chu Lai, he was injured by enemy fire while serving as a medic on the battlefield. After being sent home to the States to recover, he was awarded the Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. After recovering Adfer worked at Bethesda Naval Hospital and then entered into the reserves. After Mac's second child was born he and his family moved to Monterey, California, where Mac worked as a mechanic, then with California American Water Co. and expanded his family to four children. Mac was active with his church community at St. Francis Xavier Church serving as a lector, Eucharist minister and assisted with fund raisers for the church. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.





After the end of his marriage of 15 years, Adfer made a new start with his son Matthew by transferring to Thousand Oaks, California, to work as a supervisor at California American Water Co. Mac and his son moved to Apple Valley where he met his second wife, Rene, and became a father to Rene's children, Franklin and Stephanie. Mac joined the Living Waters Church where he was very active and helped maintain the church’s grounds. After his retirement from the water company, Mac became a member of Apple Valley Four Square Church where he belonged to the men’s ministry and held Bible study in his home.





Mac donated generously of his time, his talents, and his treasures. He was always eager to help anyone in need, be it car repairs, moving, house repairs, or an ear to listen.





Mac was a loving brother, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He treated his neighbors and friends as if they were his own family because that is what they were to him. Mac was an animal lover. He loved to spend hours watching the wildlife around his home and his two dogs, Ginger and Precious. Mac loved to make people laugh and was always a prankster. His smiles and laughter were contagious to those around him. He will be greatly missed.





Desert View Memorial will be handling the services. Visit the website for information on service day and time: www.DesertViewCares.com.





In Lieu of Flowers, donations can be made to the Apple Valley Four Square Church, P.O. Box 748, Apple Valley, CA 92308 or to the St. Jude Children's Hospital