Ronnie O. McDaniel 1938-2019

Ronnie O.McDaniel, age 80, passed away on February14, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. Ronnie was born October 23, 1938 to Jess and Linnie McDaniel in El Centro, California. He was the youngest of eight children and was raised by his grandmother Linnie Mingus around the Payson area. He graduated from Payson High School where he excelled in sports. He was a talented bull rider and avid hunter and fisherman. He loved the rim country and contributed to the community in many ways, including serving as sheriff, justice of the peace and magistrate, mayor, school board member and coach. Ronnie held many honorable titles throughout his years, his favorite of which was Papa. He is survived by his son Tony McDaniel and wife Michelle; his daughter Tippi Simon and husband Jay; his grandchildren Brittney, Victoria and Hunter McDaniel, Justin and Chase Simon, and Austin and Kohl Shannon; and his great-grandchildren Dannika, Daylon, Avery, Ronnie, Atlas and Beara. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Tonto Apache Gymnasium. Potluck to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the StarValley B. Diane McDaniel Park.

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