Danny Royce Selby, age 59, passed from this life on April 23, 2018, after waging a valiant battle with Mantle Cell Lymphoma. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, his unfailing loyalty, and his passion for life.
He was born in Pleasanton, Texas on July 17, 1958 to Roland and Frances Selby, the first of four children. He cherished the role of “big brother” and his siblings always knew they could turn to him for advice and support.
During his childhood he was known as Danny. When he entered high school he chose to use his middle name, Royce, instead. He met his wife, Dana, while attending Pleasanton High School, and they soon became good friends. As time passed the friendship turned into much more and they married on December 2, 1978. They were blessed with two daughters, Candyce Danay and Lauren Richele. Fatherhood was yet another turning point in his life.
He was a devoted father, who loved his girls beyond measure. He and Dana suffered a great loss when their youngest daughter, Lauren, passed away due to a heart defect. His commitment to his daughter Candyce was apparent as he supported her dreams and helped her achieve them.
He worked for CPS Energy in San Antonio, Texas for more than 35 years. He started his career in 1977 as a helper and worked his way up to GMS Foreman, retiring in 2013. He was described by his supervisor as a dedicated employee who took pride in his work. He was nicknamed Sapo, by fellow workers, when he was young. The name stuck with him even after retirement.
Royce loved sports, especially football. He played for the Pleasanton Eagles in junior high and high school, and was later an avid fan, rarely missing a game, in the years that followed. When his daughter attended Texas A&M University, he moved on to college football, and traveled a multitude of miles over the next 15 years to support “his” team. Little League softball was another of his passions after his daughter began to play. He coached for several years and also served on the Little League Board. When she later played on the Pleasanton High School softball team, he was an enthusiastic fan. Hunting and fishing filled his spare time when he was not attending sporting events. Many family vacations included the use of a fishing pole and his prized possession, his boat.
In dealing with an illness that he knew would be hard to beat, Royce’s compassion for others became apparent. He participated in trials and offered samples for research. The gusto with which he faced life now became focused on defeating a devastating disease. As his battle came to an end, he hoped that his willingness to fight would someday contribute to the discovery of a cure.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lauren Selby, and his father, Roland Selby.
Danny is survived by his wife, Dana Bowman Selby of Pleasanton; his daughter, Candyce Selby of San Antonio; his mother, Frances Selby of Pleasanton; his sister and her husband, Judy and James Tharp of Gonzales; his brothers and their wives, Morris and Molly Selby of San Antonio, and Jay and Suzanne Selby of Pleasanton, and his sisters-in-law and their husbands, Lynda and Bobby Younts of George West, Darla and Billy Matthews of San Antonio, and Chelsea and John Henry Holloway of Center, numerous nieces and nephews, and three “adopted grandchildren”.
Visitation will be held at Hurley Funeral Home, 118 W. Oaklawn Road in Pleasanton on Friday, April 27, 2018 from 2 – 8 p.m., with the family present from 6 – 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Hurley Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 11 a.m., followed by burial in the Amphion Cemetery in Poteet.
Serving as pallbearers for Danny’s service will be his nephews, Jeff Younts, Jason Younts, Jon Younts, Garrett Selby, Hayden Selby, Logan Holloway, Blake Selby, and Lance Holloway.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Royce’s honor to: Halo House, 4010 Blue Bonnet #209, Houston, Texas 77025 An organization providing low cost housing, to blood cancer patients, during treatment at MD Anderson.
Anyone wishing to sign the guestbook, share memories or issue condolences to the family may do so at hurleyfuneralhome.com.