Daniel Benjamin Morones, 62, passed away peacefully on Veteran’s Day. Daniel was born in Racine, Wisconsin on August 1, 1955 to the late Evangelina (nee: Vivian) Morones and Vicente L. Morones. An accomplished musician, Daniel played the bass guitar and loved performing with his cousin, internationally acclaimed blues performance artist, Tino Gonzales, when Tino and his band toured in the United States. Dan was also widely regarded for his culinary skills and was the inspirational chef behind the Morones family restaurants “La Villita Del Norte” and “La Villita Del Sol” for over 25 years. Above all, Daniel loved and cherished being in the surroundings of his family and friends who knew him as fun-loving, generous and kind-hearted.
Surviving is his only daughter Theresa Seys (nee: Morones) who together with her husband Scott Seys brought him one of the greatest joys of his life, his only grandson Declan Seys (age 5). He is also survived by his loyal nephew Tony Morones who provided Dan excellent care and companionship as well as his siblings Santos V. Morones, Monica L. Morones-Rodriguez (Raymond) and Cynthia R. Morones (John Born); his nieces and nephews, Paul Joseph Morones; Lisa (Dean) Wagner, Vincent Vargas; Manson Currie, Jr.; Benito and Jessica Martinez; Rebecca Morones-Rodriguez; Jesse Morones and Valerie Majeska. In addition to his parents, Daniel was preceded in death by his sister, Dora Vargas-Bort and brother Robert Lee Morones.
An intimate family service was held with Full Military Honors at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Cemetery on Friday, November 17th.