American Veteran 04

Daniel Martin Beach

December 7, 1981 ~ March 23, 2022 (age 40)



Daniel Martin Beach, age 40, went to be with his Lord and Savior on March 23, 2022. He was born in Milton, Florida on December 7, 1981, to Clinton Henry Beach and Helen Eiland Beach of Baker, Florida.

Daniel is survived by his parents; his children: William “Will” Milton Beach of Gainesville, FL and Doria Renee Beach of Molino, FL; siblings: Clinton “Clint” Lloyd Beach and his wife Tammy of Houston, TX and Pamella Renee Beach of Flowood, MS and Baker, FL; nephews Logan Eli Beach of Houston, TX and Noah Von Bohlen of New Orleans, LA and niece Kelsey Erin Luke of Meridian, MS. Daniel was preceded in death by his grandparents: Lloyd Eli and Ella Arndt Beach of Destin, FL and Elmer Martin and Grace Phillips Eiland of Baker, FL.


Daniel came into the world with such love, joy and infectious smile. He was nicknamed “lover boy” as a small child because of his desire to hug, kiss and love on everyone with the most pure and joyful spirit. His love, joy-filled smile and hugs continued through life and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Daniel had a genuine, sensitive, loving spirit and was willing to help anyone who needed it. He was a best friend to many because he loved well! He had a special way of making his family and friends feel loved and accepted. Daniel was an open book and was not afraid to admit his downfalls or desires to change in areas of his life. This relatability allowed others to feel accepted and to not let failures define them but to constantly strive for change. Daniel was a loving, loyal and caring son who took good care of his parents by helping them when needed no matter the task. He also displayed this as a brother. Daniel was a big kid at heart and always a special and fun loving uncle. There was a special place in Daniel’s heart for babies and dogs. And he was a huge fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide (RTR). Daniel loved to thrift shop and find good deals. He loved his family, his heritage and took pride in researching his genealogy. Quality time was very important to Daniel. He was his happiest when he spent time with family, friends and valued family reunions. Daniel had a very beautiful and sharp mind plus a strong will. Since he was little, he loved to take things apart to find out how to put them back together. And he really loved to work on electronics, computers, and vehicles. He learned a lot about the mechanics of cars by watching and learning from his dad. This turned into a hobby for him as he loved to work on vehicles especially the older models. And he dreamed of working on his own classic vehicles one day.


Daniel was a member of Goodhope Baptist Church and then Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church both in Baker, Florida. He had many fond memories at church and youth events. Daniel enjoyed and learned a lot from his years in Boy Scouts and was proud that his son did as well. And always wished he had pursued taekwondo longer than he did. In high school, he enjoyed chorus, drama and was a “very proud member of the Baker Marching Band”. He loved playing the trombone and was tickled to play the same instrument that his older brother did. He was a lead in his senior play and was so proud of his performance which his family was too. He was a graduate of the Baker School class of 2000. Daniel very proudly served his country in the United States Navy stationed in Pensacola, Florida. After leaving the military, Daniel worked in technical customer service and eventually began his career in computers and information technology (IT). He enjoyed working for Pinnacle Hospitality Systems in Pensacola. He had a territory with many different businesses, clients and situations to resolve. His customer service and people skills allowed him to have great relationships with clients.


The proudest accomplishment of Daniel’s life came in 2002 when he became a dad! He was blessed with a beautiful son, Will and in 2006 a beautiful daughter, Doria. His children were his pride and joy! And if you were in his presence, you would hear all about them. He was so very proud of both of his children. He always wanted the best for them. And he strived to make every moment he shared with them count. He was so good at making fun and meaningful memories with his children. Daniel’s very competitive nature is a trait that both of his children inherited. Their love for board games and staying up all night playing them was a regular occurrence. Daniel has always been a huge Superman fan and even had a beautiful Superman tattoo. He loved comics, DC and Marvel movies and his children did too. They always would watch the new movies together when they first came out. Daniel was always there to cheer on his children at any activities they were a part of and even enjoyed being a coach in the younger years. Daniel was a loving, good, protective and fun Daddy who fought so hard for just one more day with his children. He never wanted to leave them.


Daniel was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic colon cancer in June of 2020 in Pensacola, Florida. He became a patient with Mayo in Jacksonville, Florida in September of 2020. Where he began to aggressively fight his already advanced cancer like a warrior! In the last months of Daniel’s life some of the doctors could not understand how he was still alive because of the cancer growth and weakened body. But Daniel had a very strong will and faith in God. He believed in the power of prayer and the God of the impossible. Although he was saved at nine and was on fire for the Lord through his teenage years, he had a time outside of high school where he was wounded and blamed God. This affected his spiritual walk. However, Daniel repented and was completely surrendered to Jesus after his diagnosis. And anyone who met him during this walk commented on him “being a light”, “feeling such love from Daniel” and even asked how he could remain so positive and optimistic when faced constantly with a no hope diagnosis his answer was “my faith in Jesus”. Not to mention that strong warrior spirit to “never give up” no matter what because his faith was in his Lord and Savior not man. Daniel prayed such beautiful and strong prayers. And he was very grateful for all the prayers everyone said for him, his children and family during his journey. He would always pray blessings over the people and their family who were praying for him. There is no doubt that Daniel was given more time because of answered prayers. Although, we never really have enough time with the ones we love. Daniel’s life left a huge impact on many and he will forever be loved, missed and remembered!


John 3:16 and Joshua 24:15 were special Bible verses to Daniel.


Visitation will be Saturday April 30 from 6:00 til 8:00 pm at Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home. The celebration of Daniel’s life will be held at 3:30pm on Sunday, May 1, 2022, at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church with a visitation beginning at 2:00 p.m.


In lieu of flowers, Daniel Beach had requested that you make a donation to Camp Victory or Swan Aviation Ministries.

Camp Victory is where he enjoyed and served many summers in a Christ centered ministry. Daniel loved the week of Camp Victory in the summers, and it made a meaningful impact on his life. So much that he wanted to serve as a CIT for other children to receive some of what he had been given. And your donation to the “scholarship fund” will help another child attend camp in Daniel’s memory. 

Camp Victory-  

Please donate to the Camper Scholarships fund. If you mail it in, please note that the donation is “in memory of Daniel Beach”. And if you donate online, please email Camp Victory at to let them know the donation amount you made is “in memory of Daniel Beach”.

Swan Aviation Ministries is faith centered Aviation Ministry. Their mission is spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ through flight! They served Daniel with round trip flights from Crestview, Florida to Mayo in Jacksonville, Florida. In fact, Daniel was their first flight. Daniel’s heart was for others to be blessed as he was with this ministry. The round trip 4-hour flight saved the expense & time of the 11-hour drive and staying overnight. Not to mention, if you must fight cancer then having an amazing view to and from treatment is a major bonus. Daniel and his family have been so blessed and thankful for the couple of flights Swan Aviation gave. Daniel was given such a huge honor when they told him that Daniel’s hope and testimony will live on thru their ministry. Swan Aviation Ministries now has beautiful artwork with “Daniel’s Hope” displayed on their plane.

Swans Aviation Ministries-


Arrangements are entrusted to Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home in Crestview.  Guest book and condolences are available online at


To send flowers to Daniel's family, please visit our floral store.


April 30, 2022

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home
436 West James Lee Blvd.
Crestview, FL 32536

May 1, 2022

2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church Cemetery

A Celebration of Life
May 1, 2022

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church Cemetery

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