Danny, 71, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2021 at home surrounded by immediate family.
Danny was born on December 13, 1949 at the home of his grandma, Josephine Grijalva in Corcoran California. At the age 11 the Grijalva’s moved to the town of Gustine where he attended local schools. At the age of 15 he was stopped in his tracks at the sight of his sister Susan's best friend, Donna Fore and from that moment on, they were inseparable. Danny graduated from Gustine High School with future brother in law Bobby Fore in 1968.
In the fall of 1970, Danny came to Taft to be with Donna and to begin his work career in the oil industry. In 1971 Danny and Donna started their family by getting married on the 27th of August. To their union they were blessed with their four children Denise, Daniel, Dennis, and Donny. Danny and Donna would spend all their time with their children, unofficial adoptive children, nieces, and nephews, at their home, little league, and football fields. He became a member of the Moose Lodge in 1972. Danny started out with Watson Oilfield Construction followed by CWOD. He stayed with the company through its many names changes and he retired in 2002 with the company now known as Chevron with just over 30 years. Danny decided that just after two months into his retirement, he wanted to go back to work with Dwayne’s Engineering. In 2005 he officially retired from the oil industry. In 1990 Danny became papa and was blessed with twelve grandkids and seven great grandkids. Danny kept himself busy with his honey dos, word searches, and being the ringleader of his grandkids and great grandkids. Danny’s many hobbies included camping with family, attending dodger games, religiously watching his Rams and tending to his yard.
Danny was preceded in death by his beloved daughter Denise Grijalva (2014), his sister Susan Joseph (2004), and his brother Manuel Grijalva (1996).
Danny is survived by his wife of fifty years Donna Grijalva. His sons and their wives: Daniel & Jennifer, Dennis & Vanessa, Donny & Tiffany.
Grandchildren: Brandon and Kelsey Ford, Allison Arnold, Ryan Underhill, Kaleb, Kamryn, Leslie, Julissa, Fabian, Kruz, Reese and Rilynn Grijalva.
Great grandchildren: Bryson, Elizabeth, Miles, Aubrey, Benjamin, Levi, and Paisley.
Sister Barbara & Art Parra. Brother in-laws Bobby and Jimmy Fore. Sister in-law Wanda Johnson. Many nieces, nephews, and close family friends.
Danny’s funeral service will be held Saturday January 23, 2021 at 1pm at the First Baptist Church, 220 North St. Taft Ca.
Published on January 19, 2021