DANIEL PAUL HAMILTON
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”
2 Timothy 4:7
Warrior-Gentle Giant-Love of Our Life
Daniel Paul Hamilton was born on September 9, 1943 in St. Martinville, Louisiana. He was the second son of Samuel and Mildred Simon Hamilton. Daniel graduated from Adam Carlson High School in 1963 in St. Martinville, Louisiana. He attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Arts with certification in Driver’s Education in 1968. He also obtained a master of Education degree in Administration and Supervision in 1974.
Daniel enlisted in the United States Army in March 1969. He served in the Vietnam Conflict from November 30, 1969 to November 10, 1970 with the 39th Signal Battalion as a Specialist in the Communication Division. Throughout his years of service, he received several medals that included the national Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. He also received an honorable discharge from the United States Army Reserve in March 1975.
Daniel was a faithful member and supporter of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and School in Lafayette, Louisiana. He held memberships in the National Education Association, Louisiana Educators Association, Lafayette Parish Association of Education, Louisiana Retired Teachers Association, Lafayette Teachers and Employees Federal Credit Union, Rho Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc and member of We Enjoy Tennis (WET) Team. He always enjoyed taking time out to enjoy spending quality time with his family, woodworking, playing tennis with his friends, and working in his yard.
Daniel was a concerned, committed and dedicated teacher who cared about his students in a unique way. He stressed to his students the importance of obtaining an education and giving back by helping those who needed a chance to see what the world had to offer them as a reward for staying on track. He was employed for 36 years by the Lafayette Parish Public School System and retired in 2003. He was affectionately called “Mr. Ham” by the faculty, staff and student body at Carencro Middle School, Ham, Hammer, and Hamilton by family and friends. Knowing him was to love his humor, wisdom, strength, tenacity, and ability to engage in a conversation wherever he went and with whomever he met. He was a ray of light that brought strength and love into each and every life he taught. He was devoted to his family, living a life of a dutiful husband and loving father, while to his neighbors and friends he was very kind and obliging.
Daniel leaves to cherish the wonderful memories of his life: a loving and devoted wife, Delores E. Hamilton, two daughters: Danielle P. Hamilton and Daneeka P. Hamilton; a sister; Melia Hamilton; four brothers: Lennet (Peggy) Hamilton, Sr., Roger (Carmen) Hamilton, Sr., Nolan Hamilton, Sr., and Noltan Hamilton.
“We were divinely blessed to have shared time and space with Daniel Paul Hamilton.”