Daniel Ortunio, 72, of Austin, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Tuesday, January 8, 2019. He passed away in his childhood home, surrounded by his loving family, following a short battle with cancer just short of his seventy-third birthday. Daniel was kind, loving, giving and generous to a fault. His bravery and strength will be greatly missed.
Daniel was born on January 31st, 1946 to Frank and Irene Ortunio in Kyle Texas. As a native son of Kyle, Daniel was very involved with the community and sports. He loved basketball and showed his talent in High school. As a Kyle Panther, he was the master of the three-pointer and held the record for highest points scored. He graduated with the class of 1965 and then attended Texas State. Daniel worked for over 22 years with the City of Austin. His most recent position was as an inventory supply specialist. He loved to travel, and the Dallas Cowboys. Occasionally, the stories mixed, like when he and his siblings attended Superbowl XIII in 1979 with the Pittsburg Steelers and Dallas Cowboys. Unfortunately, the Steelers won but the stories of the trip will never fade. Daniel had a penchant for travel. He visited Bolivia, Peru where he explored Machu Picchu, sight saw in Buenos Aires, Uruguay, and Canada. He also visited far off exotic places like Miami, Atlanta, New York, New Orleans, and New Jersey. Daniel always wanted to visit Europe and was planning his next trip to Paris when his health suddenly turned.
Daniel is survived by his brother Frank Ortunio and his wife Consuelo, his sisters Lorene O. Martinez and her husband Joe, and Maggie Ortunio. He will also be greatly missed by his nieces and nephews; Liz Torres, Herbert Torres, Pricilla Pecina, Barbara Brown, Jimmy Ortunio, Joe Martinez III, Elaine Martinez, Bonnie Martinez, and Devona Martinez. His grandnieces and nephews include; Leticia Gonzales, Tim Pecina, Alyssa Pecina, Eric Hernandez, and Jeremy Hernandez. He also leaves behind numerous great-grandnieces, nephews and many cousins. Daniel was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Irene and his sister Alice Torres.
Please join Daniel’s family in celebrating his remarkable life during a time of visitation and service. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 11, 2019, from 6 to 8 pm with a 7 pm wake service at Harrell Funeral Home 1715 Kirby in Kyle, TX. His funeral service will follow on Saturday, January 12, 2019, at 10:00 am at Sinai Pentecostal Church, 208 Laredo St, San Marcos, followed by interment at Kyle Cemetery in Kyle, TX.
Please visit www.Harrellfuneralhomes.com to share a fond memory, photograph, or condolence with Daniel’s family on his On-line memorial site.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org
Funeral assistance provided by Harrell Funeral Home, 1715 Kirby, Kyle Texas 78640 (512) 268-8200.