Daniel (Danny) Ayala, 76, of Phoenix, AZ, passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2018. Danny was born on March 8th, to Joe and Mercedes Ayala, was a graduate of Phoenix Union High School and a member of the Centaurs Monarchs Car Club. He loved to dance and treasured all the oldies music. Danny was a journeyman carpenter for 45 years and left his mark throughout the valley at multiple housing developments, the Hyatt Regency, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, Grayhawk and many other places. He was a very hard worker and always managed to share his skills and mentor young carpenters. Danny had a multitude of lifelong friends, it didn’t matter where he went, someone knew him or he knew them. His famous questions were “where were you born, who are your parents, where did you grow up.” Danny is survived by his wife of 56 years, Gwen, his children Michelle Miller (Gary), Daniel Jr. (Wendy), Michael (Georgy Anne), and Sonia Preciado (George). His adoring grandchildren who deeply loved their Tata, NiKole Scarpone (Craig), Gary Miller (Alexandria), Max, Zachary, Mia Ayala, Latisha, George, Annette, Cody and Mercedes Preciado. Danny was also blessed with two great-grandchildren, Isabella Scarpone and Beaux Miller. He also cherished JoJo, Annette, Gianna and Sophia. He is also survived by his sister Joanne Amavisca, brother Arnold Ayala (Vickie), nieces and nephews, Alfred, Rita, Simon, Andrea, Nicole and Joshua. He was also loved deeply by Ruben & Cara Martinez. Danny loved all his cousins, aunts and uncles, two of which we are fortunate to still have with us, Tio Mike Gomez and Tia Matilde Gonzales. Our family is deeply grateful to Arroyo Health Hospice and our dear cousin Yolanda Greene for taking exceptional care of dad. In addition, we are thankful for the care he received at Blue Sage and Marilyn Manor Assisted Living. Special thank you to our cousin Nicole Sanchez and personal friend Richie Hernandez during dad’s hospital stay at Barrows. Michael and Georgy’s little baby Angel is in the arms of his Tata, both are smiling down upon us. A Visitation will be held at St. Mary’s Basilica, Friday, October 12, 2018 from 9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. with a Funeral Mass celebrated at 10:00 A.M. A Burial will take place at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th St., Phoenix. In lieu of flowers our family would greatly appreciate donations to Arroyo Health Hospice, 14100 N. 83rd Avenue, Suite 235, Peoria, Arizona 85381. Dad, you will always & forever be our HERO!
Danny was a great friend and will be deeply missed. My condolences to his wife, Arnold and the rest of his family. May he rest in peace and not suffer anymore. He is now your SPECIAL ANGEL looking down on his family, until they all meet again. GOD BLESS, until we see each other again. Lol
Manuel &theresa escudero
You will be missed primo. ..you always made me laugh and was a awesome dancer. ..you always took the time to go visit my mom and dad….love you primo
So many great memories flashing in my head .. so many great stories, fun times and laughter. Danny was one of a kind and always making you smile or laugh upon greeting him. I will never ever forget our families growing up together! My deepest deepest condolences to you all! Love ❤️ you all! May Danny Rest In Peace and until we meet again. ❌
What a Beautiful tribute to your Danny. My heart and prayers goes out to each and everyone of you. Danny is a blessed man to be loved by his family and his friends. He will definitely be an angel watching down on you. I pray that God will strengthen you and bring you peace in your hearts and in your mind. May the grace of God carry you through this difficult time. May Danny Rest In Peace In pertputual Glory with God our father. God bless each and everyone of you. Bless the memories ♀️
Rest in peace Mr Ayala please pray for us as your faith was as great as your love for your family
Michelle and family. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful Daddy, Husband, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather. I did not know him but knowing what a beautiful cousin I have had in Michelle for all of these years tells you what amazing parents she has. You and your family are in my thoughts, heart and prayers. Love you Michelle, your cousin Colleen
I love the Ayala family! I am at loss for words ! I send my love and prayers. Danny was such a loving man to everyone, whether he knew you all his life or just met you. He always greeted me with a strong hug and though I am only three years younger, he would call me mija. RIP Danny I will miss you but never forget you.♥️
Danny you are truly going to be missed. You were such a good friend who always made us laugh when we saw you..Never a dull moment…Jay and I will always remember you ❤May you rest in peace .
Jay and Gina Ramirez
Ruben & Toni Gomez
There are no words to describe the sadness we feel right now for you and your family Gwen. Danny Will be truly missed by us his family and all of his many many friends . Our deepest and sincere condolences go out to you Gwen and your family and all his friends . Our thoughts and prayers will continue for you and your family and we will pray for Danny as our Lord reaches out to receive Danny with open arms Into heaven . May God bless all his family and friends.
What a Beautiful Legacy for the Ayala Family♡ My parents loved Danny & Gwen and thru God’s grace our lives were united. Yes, Danny is in Heaven in his Eternal Glory. May you feel Gods comfort, strength and Love during these difficult times. We Love all of you , The Molina Family
Jacque del Valle
Condolences and sympathy. I went to Phoenix Union with him. May he rest in peace.❤️
Mario & barbara Vargas
Dear Gwen and family, our sincerest condolences to you and your family. The love you and Danny had is truly a love story to be cherished. We will always remember his loud voice and voracious laugh, just like his dad. He was one of a kind. You & he created a wonderful, loving family. Peace be to you all. Love, Mario & Barbara Vargas
Danny was a Man who lived Life! He had a smile for everyone. Life will never be the same without Danny in it! Thank You Jesus for your Promise of eternity for those who Believe in Him. It is not good bye but I will see You again in the Beautiful Heaven God promised US. My prayers will be for Family and Friends as they continue in Life without OUR special Friend, Danny. God will give you strength, peace and comfort. Trust and Believe in Him. Danny is waiting for us, in Heaven. Lets Make it a Great Life just as Danny did!
Peace and Love to The Ayala Family….
Gwen,Mike, Georgy, and the rest of the Ayala family, I am so sorry for your loss. Love you all and may God embrace you all at this time.
Rest In Peace primo Basilio
Monica Gómez and Family
We are there for you in spirit. Prayers and peace during this time and may you find comfort in cherishing all the memories Danny brought to so many lives. ❤️
Sister Phyllis Hughes
My sincerest condolences to Gwen and to Danny’s children and grandchildren. I remember him as fun loving, unbelievably extroverted, and with a cousin in whatever town you needed it. May he rest in peace.
From all the Hughes family.
Mary E Cuellar
Our condolences to the Ayala family , Danny was always a happy family man he will be missed by all who new him may the Lord bless your family R.I.P. Danny.