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Daniel David Ratliff | Obituary

Daniel David Ratliff, born May 27, 1953, died March 4, 2022 at the age of 68.

Born in Meadville, Pennsylvania, Dan was raised in Corpus Christi, Texas by his parents Bob (Robert E) Ratliff and Joyce Ann (Whidden) Ratliff. Danny was the eldest of four children, his siblings being his sister Becky Johnson from Corpus Christi, his brother Chris Ratliff from Robstown and his sister Melissa Marcum from Round Rock. Dan was living in New Braunfels at the time of his death.

In Corpus Christi, we have fond memories of watching Danny play Catcher for the Yankees with the Gulf Coast Little League. He was so fast that once on base, he repeatedly drove to base to score for the Yankees. In high school, he loved working on his black Pontiac GTO with glass exhaust.

Dan graduated from Ray High School in May 1972. He then earned his master’s degree in soil conservation at Sul Ross University in Alpine, Texas. As a Soil Conservation Specialist with USDA-NRCS, Dan has worked with farmers, ranchers, and foresters to implement conservation practices to benefit soil, water, air and wildlife. He retired after 30 years.

Dan loved everything outdoors, especially fly fishing and hunting. He would volunteer to stock bass in central Texas rivers with Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Dan’s little nieces, Jazmine and Victoria, tell how Dan regaled them with information about the structure and the beautiful and unique nature of plants and trees. He also presented them with fried twinkies. In return, while Dan slept, they put whipped cream on his hand and tickled his nose.

Dan is survived by his father, Robert Edmund Ratliff, his siblings, Becky Johnson (Allan), Chris Ratliff (Tracy) and Melissa Marcum (Gary), his niece, Bridget Whitworth, his nephew, Wesley Ratliff, and his little twin nieces, Jazmine and Victoria Smith. .

The family are very grateful for the special help and attention from Caring Hands Hospice and Nickie and Bernard from Gentle Touch Care Home

If you would like to honor his memory, make a donation to the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Conservation Department, or a charity of your choice. “Let’s go fishing”

Daniel David Ratliff