7/25/1926 – 4/25/2020
Daniel James Manriquez passed quietly and peacefully into God’s loving hands at 9:55 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2020. He was born on July 25, 1926, to parents Jovita (Perez) and Amado Margarito Manriquez in Carpinteria, California, a true native of the small seaside town which he loved and where he lived his entire life. He was 93 years old when he passed away.
Daniel was the youngest of four siblings, and is survived by his older sister Josephine Villegas, son Stephen (Laura Sobol), daughter Suzanne, Danielle (Martin Osborn) and James (Praxedes Yzaguirre); and grandchildren Alexander Manriquez, Rodney Osborn (Lesly), Lyra Manriquez, Marissa Manriquez, Rowen Manriquez and Marty Osborn (Kim). Daniel’s great-grandchildren include Arya Osborn and Brooke and Owen Osborn. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Mary (Macias) Manriquez, and by his sisters Delfina Reveles and Catherine Manriquez.
Daniel attended Carpinteria schools including Aliso School (first grade through eighth grade) and Carpinteria High School (ninth grade through 12th grade). He was drafted into the United States Army in 1945 in the middle of his senior year, before he had completed his senior football season.
Daniel completed military basic training and was sent to the battlefront in the Philippine Islands where he served as a radio operator and a scout on the front lines. When Japan surrendered, Daniel was sent there where he served in the Occupation Forces. After his military service, Daniel was honorably discharged and returned to the United States. He later courted the love of his life, Mary Macias, and married her on July 30, 1950. They were blessed with four children.
Daniel obtained employment as a civil servant at the Construction Battalion base at Port Hueneme, California. He was later transferred to the Pacific Missile Range at Point Mugu, California, where he worked on the development of the F-14 Tomcat fighter jet. He worked in the capacity of computer technician, and eventually worked his way up to the position of Facilities Coordinator. Daniel retired after nearly 50 years of civil service.
As a young boy, Daniel spent many hours exploring and playing at the Carpinteria salt marsh. He also loved sports, and played football, baseball and basketball. He later became a championship table tennis player as an adult. Daniel was an avid LA Dodgers fan, and followed the LA Lakers and NFL football. Music and movies also provided a major source of enjoyment for Daniel. He designed and constructed a stereo system for his home providing music for all to enjoy.
Family was the center of Daniel’s life. Excursions to amusement parks, zoos and various other field trips were commonplace in the Manriquez family. His kind and gentle nature were hallmarks of Daniel’s personality, and he welcomed all with open arms. His children’s spouses and later grandchildren further expanded Daniel’s circle of love, to his unending joy.
Special thanks to GranVida in Carpinteria and Serenity House Hospice Care in Santa Barbara for providing care and love at the end of Daniel’s life. Those who knew Daniel will miss him dearly and he will remain in the hearts of all who were blessed to have loved him.
Arrangements entrusted to Pueblo del Rey Funeral Services.