Daniel George Mazoch, age 69 of Bernardo, passed away May 29 at his home. Daniel was born Dec. 8, 1950 and is the son of Henry and Gussie Neimeyer Mazoch, also of Bernardo. Daniel was known for his extensive musical talents. He started playing guitar and singing publically with his father’s band, “The Sunset Playboys,” when he was only 14 years old. One by one, each one of his siblings were added to the band, so the name of the band was changed to “The Sunset Playboys and Girls”.
Daniel was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1971, leaving the band without a lead guitar player and singer. After basic training in Ft. Polk, LA he was stationed in Ft. McPherson, GA, where he was accepted into the Third US Army show, playing guitar and driving the show bus from state to state. They entertained the troops and officers. Meanwhile, the family would fly Daniel home on weekends whenever possible so he could play with the band for major functions. After his two-year tour in the Army he received an honorable discharge and returned home. He picked right up where he left off. In 1983, Daniel’s father, Henry, Sr., passed away and the band felt the need to regroup, calling the new band, “The Family Tradition Band”. The band played every weekend and sometimes three gigs on a weekend for many years. The band opened for stars like Willie Nelson and David Allen Coe. Dan wrote and recorded a song called, “I Wanna Do One With Ole Willie” and gave Willie Nelson a copy of his record. He also auditioned for the Houston Texans fight song, which he wrote and performed for the organization, only to be beat out by Clay Walker.
Daniel was also a building contractor. He lived in the Houston area for many years. He started his own company called DGM Construction. Eventually he retired from the construction business and moved back home to the farm. He wanted to help his mother and brother, Henry Jr., run the farm.
Daniel is survived by his two sons, James and Stephen Mazoch, and two grandchildren Lauren and Dylan Mazoch; brother Henry Mazoch, Jr. and sisters Carol Douglas and husband Barney, Kathy Bartosh, and Jo Ann Marik and husband, Rick, and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Daniel loved life and lived it to the fullest. He loved his family with all his heart and soul. He will be greatly missed.
His parents Henry Sr. and Gussie Niemeyer Mazoch, brother-in-law Bill Bartosh, great nephew Reed Bartosh, and two infant nieces Tisha Mazoch and Corey Mazoch, preceded Daniel in death. Pallbearers are Cole
Pallbearers are Cole Baker, Billy Bartosh, James Choate, Matthew Douglas, David Pilat, and Patrick Markwardt. Honorary pallbearers are Frank Bacak, Bradley Berger and Rick Marik.
Private family services were Wednesday June 3 at St. Roch Catholic Church in Mentz, with Father Michael Lyons officiating. A private rosary was Tuesday, June 2 at 7 p.m. at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.
Burial took place in St. Roch Catholic Cemetery in Mentz.
Memorials may be given to St. Roch Catholic Church 1600 Frelsburg Rd. Alleyton, TX 78935 or Bernardo Volunteer Fire Department 2845 FM 949, Cat Spring, TX 78933.
Online condolences may be given at www.hennekefuneralhome.com.