Dan Pursley

Danny “Dan” Michael Pursley passed away on January 7, 2017 in Katy, Texas. Dan was born on May 23, 1946 in Bryan, Texas to E.A.“Chili” and Mildred Vaughn Pursley. He is preceded in death by his parents; E.A.“Chili” and Mildred Vaughn Pursley, brother; Steven Layne Pursley of Bryan, Texas, and his nephew; Mark Steven Pursley of Colorado. He is survived by his daughters; Jeanie (Pursley) Bengel and husband Gaven, Jill Milkovisch and husband Randy, and his son; Glenn Frazier and wife Michelle, all of Houston, Texas. Also, he is survived by his sister; Jean Miller and husband Jim of Richmond, Texas, and brother; Stanley Pursley and wife Patricia of Lakewood, Colorado. Dan loved and was so proud of his 6 granddaughters; Brooke Bengel; Ava, Macy and Mary Milkovisch and Abigail and Isabelle Frazier. Also surviving are 4 nieces; Mary Ann (Pursley) Litwiler, Carol (Pursley) Strukel, Erika (Miller) Spector, and Alana (Miller) Kocich, 2 nephews; David Pursley and Steven Pursley, Jr., 2 great nieces; Avery Kocich and Mallory Spector, 4 great nephews; Scott Litwiler, Mark Litwiler, Mason Spector and Austin Kocich. Dan grew up in Hearne, Texas and graduated from Hearne High School in 1964. He then attended Texas A&M University and Sam Houston State University where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration. Dan began a career in law enforcement working as a process server for Hon. Lee Duggan while attending South Texas College of Law. He served as a Deputy in the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and as an Investigator with the Special Crimes Bureau for the Harris County District Attorney’s office. Dan later founded Embassy Services, focusing on private security and traveled the world as a bodyguard for members of the Saudi Royal Family in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. He continued his career in private security and investigations working with longtime friend Kenny Rodgers as they began Gulf Coast AccuSearch. For many years, Dan was active in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and loved fishing Matagorda Bay. Dan lived his life on his own terms. As he once wrote, “I have walked with Kings and lived with the common”. He had stories and experiences that would have filled several lifetimes well lived. He loved God and Country, his friends and family. He had so many friends from all walks of life. He knew people everywhere he went. He could recite history. He loved his “doggies”. He told jokes (sometimes the same ones) over and over again. He always had something funny to say. He loved his Fox News, talking politics and “educating” us all this past voting season. During his most recent health battle, he woke up in ICU and as was being asked questions, smiled when asked who the president was. He replied “Trump”. He ordered all of us around in the hospital and set up his command post, still doing business as usual and catching up with his friends and family. Dan played the game and he won. Over and over again he beat the odds, regardless of what was stacked against him, he continued to fight. He pushed the envelope. He was stubborn. He knew when to walk and when to let it ride. He lived a simple, slower life recently surrounded by what he loved, free to do what he wanted. He was never a soul to be tied down but one to fly. And fly he did. Godspeed and rest now in peace. Thank you for being a Dad, Grandpa and “Uncle Dan” to all of us that loved you. As he always said at the end of a phone conversation – “LOVE YOU, BYE” A memorial service was held Thursday, January 19 at 2:00 p.m. in the main church of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road, Houston, Texas 77056 with the Rev. Al Lawrence officiating. A private interment will be in Matagorda, Texas at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Hope and Healing Center of St. Martin’s or Lola’s Lucky Day, as Dan had a love for rescuing dogs.

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