ARLINGTON -- Daniel J. Backus, 69, passed away on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, in Arlington. Memorial service: 10 a.m. Thursday at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington. Memorials: Memorial gifts may be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, Texas 75231, heart.org. Dan was born Aug. 8, 1946, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Charles and Anne Backus. Dan was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Jared Backus; nephew, Chuckie Backus; and sister-in-law, Cookie Backus. Survivors: Wife of 39 years, Carol Backus; son, Tony Backus; daughter, Tracy Backus; brother, Charles Backus; sister, Charla Teul and husband, Jules; granddaughters, Kara and Ava; and cousins and many friends. Wade Family Funeral Home Arlington, 817-274-9233

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  1. It is seldom that we have the fortune of crossing paths with a special someone who makes a difference in our lives with their humanity. Dan Backus was one of these special people for me and for Apex Capital Corp.
    Dan and I formed a strong relationship beginning in 2008 as he provided a tremendous amount of help in getting Apex get its fledgling fuel card program off the ground. To get us going, Dan was first to the table with an entry program for Apex and he was first with a cost plus offering for Apex clients. I called Dan regularly to obtain his insights into various industry moves and changes. His vast knowledge of the trucking industry was helpful on many occasions. Dan also was a man who was true to his word. He provided us with targets on several occasions and when we hit them, he always delivered – even if he had to go to battle with company management.
    Simply stated, the Apex fuel card program would have never grown as rapidly or as large as it has without Dan’s insights, guidance or regular assistance in the early years. He was an inspiration to the Apex program as a whole and to me personally.
    I feel honored to have known Dan and to be able to call him a friend. He was a fine fellow who loved to talk Ohio vs Oregon sports with me regularly. Dan will also be missed by Apex, but not forgotten. Today Dan’s picture hangs in our lobby where it has been for a number of years. I suspect it will for many years to come.
    My condolences and those of Apex Capital Corp extend to Tracy and Dan’s entire family. May God’s blessing be with you. We will all miss this gentle giant.

    Bill Sisul

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