Daniels, Michael David
Daniels, Michael David
April 28, 1972 — November 6, 2020
Michael David Daniels, 48, of Kansas City, MO, met his Savior, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, at his home surrounded by loved ones.
Mike was born April 28, 1972, to Eldon and Janet Daniels in Elgin, IL, as the youngest of three children. Mike graduated from Normal Community High School and went on to complete a Master of Science in Criminal Justice at Illinois State University. On June 8, 1996, he married the love of his life, Staci Mulvey, and the two of them began an amazing journey lasting over 24 years.
Mike lived well. He began his career in law enforcement as a police officer for Normal, IL. After a few short years, he went on to fulfill his dream of becoming a Special Agent for the FBI, graduating from the Academy in June of 2000. Shortly afterwards, Mike and Staci moved to Kansas City where he would spend the majority of his career committed to protecting children as a member of the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force. He also trained teachers, parents, and other adults about the dangers lurking on the internet so they could better protect children. His fellow agents knew him to be not only a gifted investigator, but also a caring friend and co-worker.
As much as he loved his career, it paled in comparison to the love he had for his family. He was a committed husband to Staci, and a loving dad to his five daughters - Samantha, Kiley, Avery, Addison, and Mackenna. He deeply loved his wife and daughters. He insisted on family vacations because he valued the time they spent as a family. He devoted himself to leading his daughters spiritually, so they would grow into godly young women. One of his daughters commented that it was not so much what Mike said, but how he lived, that taught them the most. Mike’s family knew him best and knew the truth about the kind of man he really was...gummy bears and ice cream were always shared with a smile as long as it was “dessert night.”
He served faithfully at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, alongside his family. Using his gift of hospitality, he greeted and made everyone feel welcomed and valued as they made their next steps in following Jesus. Mike’s faith was lived out everywhere he went. His life spoke loudly to the genuineness of his faith; whether at home, at work, or on a ball field, coaching his girls.
As well as Mike lived, he died even better. When diagnosed, Mike understood the likelihood that he was terminal. He used the platform that his diagnosis gave him to testify to his faith in Christ. He was not angry with God because he knew that God owed him nothing, nor did God promise him a life free from suffering. Instead, Mike trusted in the promise of God through Christ’s finished work on the cross--that he was a son, forgiven and forever free to be in God’s presence for eternity. Mike’s faith was not based on wishes or blind hope, but rather upon the truth presented in the Bible. As he faced death, his overriding ambition was to share his faith so others might also come to know God as he had.
As he declined, his goal was to share Jesus with “just one more.” He did not get bitter but rather excited about going to see his Savior. He grieved at leaving his wife and daughters, but smiled when he thought about meeting his Lord. His faith was real--it was “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
As Mike neared the finish line of meeting his Savior his goal was to honor the God who loved him, redeemed him from sin, and guaranteed his salvation. As Mike would say, “We all have a meeting place for those who accept Christ as their Savior.” Glory be to God.
In addition to Staci and his girls, Mike’s legacy of faith lives on in the lives of those he loved--father and mother, Eldon and Janet Daniels; brother, Tim (MaryBeth) Daniels; sister, Kim Daniels; numerous extended family members; and his dear friends who loved and supported his family so generously throughout his life especially since his diagnosis--for that they will always be grateful.
Visitation will begin at 5:00 pm, followed by a service celebrating Mike's life at 7:00 pm, on Tuesday, November 10, in the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church Worship Center, 1600 North State Route 291, Liberty, MO. Burial will be at a later date in Glenridge Cemetery. Livestream available at:
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Relentless Pursuit Outreach & Recovery, www.rpor.org. This organization is in the planning and building stages of opening the “Mike Daniels Sanctuary for the Exploited”-- a shelter that will bring Christ’s healing to survivors of human trafficking.
Visitation will begin at 5:00 pm, followed by a service celebrating Mike’s life at 7:00 pm, on Tuesday, November 10, in the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church Worship Center, 1600 North State Route 291, Liberty, MO. Burial will be at a later date in Glenridge Cemetery. Livestream available at:
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Relentless Pursuit Outreach & Recovery, www.rpor.org. This organization is in the planning and building stages of opening the “Mike Daniels Sanctuary for the Exploited”– a shelter that will bring Christ’s healing to survivors of human trafficking.