Joseph Daniel “Danny” Burneston

March 31, 1947 - June 1, 2022

Joseph Daniel “Danny” Burneston, age 75, of Fannett, left this world for his eternal home on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital, Beaumont following an unexpected heart episode at his home. Danny was born on March 31, 1947, in Corsicana, Texas, and was an only child.

He grew up in Port Arthur, Texas, and attended DeQueen Elementary and Woodrow Wilson Junior High. He participated in cub scouts and played little league baseball. Danny was a 1965 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur where he played football. He attended Lee College in Baytown and Southwest Texas University where he studied business. Danny also served in the Army Reserves. He was employed as a welder with Mobil Oil Refinery for 27 years, retiring in 1999.

Danny married Debbie Middleton in 1973, and together they had two beautiful daughters. They were married for 29 years. He remarried in 2018 to Shelly Rose Hays.

Danny never met a stranger. He had numerous friends and was well liked. He could fix anything and was a gifted mechanic. He never hesitated to offer advice or encouragement to those who crossed his path.

Danny had many hobbies throughout his life. He owned two businesses, Golden Triangle Marine Boat Dealership and Classics and Collisions Specialists. He was a classic car enthusiast; he loved exhibiting his cars at antique car shows and was a member of the Spindletop Streetrods Car Club for several years. Danny also enjoyed racing cars. He knew just about everything when it came to repairing cars and shared this with his youngest daughter. He was an avid fisherman and loved to take his daughters boat riding.

Danny loved high school football and was an avid Port Neches-Groves football fan. He was a season ticket holder and never missed a game.

Danny loved the Lord and was eager to share his faith with others. He attended various churches throughout his life and went on several mission trips to Mexico with Cathedral In the Pines Church. Central Baptist Church of Port Neches was his current church home.

Danny had a huge heart for all animals. He loved his cats and dogs, especially Cody, his white English shepherd.

Danny loved his two girls more than anything in the whole world and was so proud of them. He never let a conversation end without saying, “I love you.” The time spent with his daughters and grandchildren meant everything to him. Danny’s passing leaves a huge void in the lives of his family. We take comfort knowing that we will be reunited with him one day.

He is survived by his wife of 4 years, Shelly and daughters, Erin Damin and husband, Paul, of Kingwood, and Alisa Bell and husband, Brian, of Lumberton. Pawpaw was also greatly loved by his grandchildren, Isaac Damin, Micah Damin, Kate Damin, Evelyn Bell, and Alexander Bell. Other survivors include his aunt, Patty Howell and cousins, Vicki Howell Payne, Bennie Hand, Pam Rhodes, and Robin Wylie, all of Corsicana.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Mildred and Winston Burneston; his uncle, Victor D. Howell; and aunts, Dorothy Anschutz, Betty Wylie, and Joan Hand.

A gathering of family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 10, 2022, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A service celebrating Danny’s life will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 11, 2022, at Central Baptist Church, 903 Avenue B, Port Neches, with Pastor Larry Delcambre officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Humane Society of Southeast Texas, 2050 Spindletop Avenue, Beaumont, Texas 77705.


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Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • June 10, 2022
  • 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Funeral Service

Central Baptist Church
  • 903, Ave B, Port Neches, TX, 77651,
  • June 11, 2022
  • 2:00 pm


Oak Bluff Memorial Park
  • 100, Block St, Port Neches, TX, 77651,

Comments (22)

    Kim Bracken says:

    I know this is a bit late, but I just learned of Danny passing. I’ve known Danny for quite a few years from Exygon. I left the gym at the first of the year so we weren’t chatting with each other daily like before. I really enjoyed our little chats. He was always so positive and had a way of making you feel better even though he had his own things on him mind too. He often spoke of his daughters and grandkids. He was definitely proud of all of them. I am still in a bit of disbelief knowing he has left us. I was looking forward to our chats again coming back to gym. I was actually looking for him today but was told the news. I am so honored to have made friends with Danny and will cherish my memories. Sending my heartfelt prayers to his whole family and all his friends. He will me missed.

    Buddy & Jeannette Duplantis says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss

    Ken Beasley says:

    So sorry for the families loss. I always enjoyed working with Dan and considered him a friend i coud call on if needed. He’ll be missed.

    Dave and Rhonda says:

    Dave and I are better people for having this man in our lives. The last time that I saw him was right after my son in law’s death and although brief he stopped to hug me and tell me how sorry he was to hear what had happened and that he loved me and that my son in law was with the lord. Now days people may give their condolences and prayers but when Mr. Danny spoke it You knew he really did mean it. It seemed that he could see you walking in the gym and know you could use some kind words or Supportive counsel. I will for the rest of my life hear his voice saying “just don’t give up on him”. I’m going to miss Your counsel and your friendship I wish I would have known that the last time we spoke standing on the sidewalk outside of exyogen was the last time I would see you I would have told you how much you really mean to the both of us. We love you Danny.

    Laura Walker Caldwell says:

    Mrs Bell…so so sorry about your dad. My son Cody was your music student at St Anne and your dad and I talked about that and so many things almost daily at the gym. In fact Cody finally met him for the first time the day before he passed. I know I can speak for everyone at Exygon when I say he was the friendliest there, knew everyone and always had only positive things to say about all!! I miss seeing him at the gym everyday and the table he and his “regulars” occupied is very sad without him.

    Debbie Thomas says:

    Wow! Heaven is filling up with so many people I know. I know he has left a huge void here on this earth, but he is walking, leaping and praising God on the streets of heaven. A great thing about being a Christian, is that you will see him again! Prayers for the family and loved ones that will be missing Danny here.

    Jericho for Eric, Grace, Peter, and Nathaniel says:

    Dear Alisa and Erin,
    Your Daddy was such a special man. I could always tell he put people first, and his love for y’all knew no limit… It’s even stronger now. Our hearts are broken for you in this unexpected and unimaginable loss. We love you, and we are holding you in our prayers.

    Dolores Johnson says:

    Dear Erin and Alisa, so sorry for your loss. Prayers for
    you girls, I will never forget you both. God will see you and your families through this.
    Love you both, Ms. Dolores Johnson

    Raymond Garcia says:

    Mr. Danny always would wave and honk when he saw me outside (On Gaulding Rd). When we moved to Fannett back in 1996, he stopped by our house, and introduced himself (A true neighbor). Condolences & Prayers for the family at this time of loss.

    David Lee says:

    He was a strong, caring person. He will be missed by all. I met him at the gym and it was rare for him to miss a day, he was an encourager and a man of God!

    Larry Romero says:

    Saddened to hear this news. Good memories from high school days. May God bring comfort to Danny’s family and friends during this time of loss.

    Debbie Pierson says:

    Erin and Alisa,
    We are so very sorry for your sudden loss, Danny was always so kind to everyone, always loved visiting with him.. We will keep you and your family in prayer for peace and comfort.
    Mike and Debbie Pierson

    Joyce Bourdier says:

    Alisa and family, I am indeed saddened to hear of Danny’s passing. We knew each other for the last 20 yrs, and shared some good times, many of them discussing our children. He was a good and a godly man, and will be greatly missed. May God hold you in the palm of His hand, especially during this painful time.
    Joyce Bourdier

    Pat Moore says:

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family for your loss. May God wrap you in his arms and give you comfort and peace. Know that Danny is not suffering anymore and he is in the best place he can be. You will see him again. Rest in peace, Danny Fly high….

    sherry a zucco says:

    So Sorry for your loss..prayers go out.peace be with

    Sandra Barber says:

    Love and prayers for his family and friends. May he rest in peace

    Ruth Sherman says:

    So sorry for your loss, prayers of comfort and peace for family.

    Alan Martin says:

    Sorry for your loss, keeping you in our prayers. Dangerous Dan was the ONLY welder I knew who could weld a leaking pipe joint using a peanut butter sandwich to stop the leak while he welded it fast (Mobil Refinery). This is a TRUE statement! We will all miss him.

    Jim and Paula Lawson says:

    What a generous and loyal classmate you have been to our Port Arthur Thomas Jefferson High School “Class of 1965”. Paula & I remember our elementary school days with you with wonder and joy. We’ll see you again on the other side…

    Janell Johnson says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Danny, my neighbor. I will miss waving at him & his furry pal, as they went by my house. Rest in peace with no more back pain.

    Martha Aucoin says:

    So very sorry for your loss.

    Sheila Sachitano says:

    Dear Erin and Alisa:
    So sorry for your loss. Love, Mrs. Sach

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