November 6, 1969 ~ June 13, 2014
ARLINGTON -- To the heartbreak of all who knew him, Daniel Regalado, 44, passed away Friday, June 13, following a brain aneurysm. Celebration of Life: Please join us in a funky, fun celebration of Daniel Regalado's life Friday, June 20 at 6 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington. Please wear casual, comfortable, crazy clothes and wacky hats. Bring your funny stories and precious memories of this amazing man. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, First Presbyterian Church Arlington has established a fund in his name for his children's educations. Years ago Daniel insisted that when he died, his obituary would say something like, “He passed away after a cowardly battle with….” just so people would laugh. But as it turns out, that's not the truth. His battle, like his life, was courageous and kind. He lived every day in full-saturated color and joy and with as much sarcasm and humor as possible. He taught photography at Martin High School in Arlington for 17 years and was chosen Teacher of the Year in 2013. What he really liked to teach, though, was how to live a full life. He taught people how to give of their time and talents to help others and to come together for something bigger than themselves. He taught them to say “I love you” to the people in their lives every single day. He taught them that if they see a couple taking individual photos of each other that they should offer to take one of them together. He'd say, “Things are to be used and not loved. People are to be loved and not used.” He taught people to see beauty everywhere, and that Lego building truly is an art form, and to not take pictures of squirrels or ceiling fans, for crying out loud. Daniel loved his family and friends well and fully, in word and in deed, and they count themselves lucky to have known him. He lived an amazing, beautiful life. His parents are Dr. Maria Regalado of Dallas and Domingo and Emma Regalado of McKinney. Daniel grew up in the Lakewood area of Dallas and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1988 and from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993. Survivors: His passing leaves a huge hole in the lives of his wife Tricia and children Elena and Mark, as well as his siblings Benjamin, Lydia and Naomi and scores of family, friends and students. Wade Family Funeral Home 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway Arlington, Texas 76013 817-274-9233
“‘Good night, sweet prince:
And may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!'”
Certainly Shakespeare wrote those words for heroic and kind-hearted men like Dan. So many mornings Dan and I entered the east door together. He always made me chuckle. Sometimes I had to stop and think and “got the joke” a few minutes later… on those days he was too quick witted for me! My daughter Hannah still speaks of how much Dan’s class inspired her and she sends her prayers along with mine. I pray that God will give you strength and solace and show you the way through your grief. Walking through the east doors next year, I will think of Dan every morning and will say a prayer that you have the fortitude to walk through those doors too, with a smile, knowing that Dan is pushing you forward step-by-step. Stop by my room for a hug any time you need one, for I’ll be needing one too!
Mr. Regalado, I read in today’s Ft. Worth Star Telegram the sudden passing of your son, Daniel Mark. Initially, I did not know who he was nor that he was your son, but was saddened to hear what a fine man & school teacher he was. It was clear that someone’s family had lost a great man, teacher, son, and father. When I read “Woodrow Wilson,” I looked closer and realized I knew you. I attended Woodrow Class of ’74, and I fondly recall you working at Woodrow as an Assistant Principal under Mr. Pierce. You were always so kind to all students from all economic circumstances at Woodrow. I now have two sons & could imagine the despair at losing one of them. May God give you strength in this time of sadness. May God be with you and your family and, of course, Daniel Mark’s mother. Bill Mason
Maria, I am heart-broken for you and your family, and hugs and prayers can never be enough for your loss. The tribute to your son in the paper was lovely, and it sounds like he became the man you always dreamed him to be. Your family, his wife, and his children will be in my prayers. I love you dear friend.