Bradley Allen Daniels, passed away peacefully at home in Goleta, CA., surrounded by his family and friends on June 18, 2022. He was 58.
Brad was born on July 19, 1963, in Los Gatos, California to Brent and Frances Daniels. From the beginning, Brad had a passion for life, which caused him to pursue many exciting interests and hobbies such as music, cars, and flowers. He also had a great sense of humor! If you knew Brad at all, you could immediately sense his love for music- his band tees usually told you which bands were his favorite. He loved a good time and attended a countless number of Rock & Roll concerts.
When Brad wasn’t rocking his band tees, you could find him wearing a Hawaiian shirt. He loved to refer to himself as, “the king of relaxation” and made sure to always carry out that vibe.
Brad loved cruising in his 1956 Chevy, which was previously owned by father-in-law, Bob Larson (The Swede), down to Cabrillo and up State Street. He even loved participating in local car shows to show off his beloved Chevy. One of the earliest holiday traditions Brad and his wife Beverly began was to put the family in the ’56 Chevy, throw on some tunes, and get a Christmas tree.
One of Brad’s greatest passions was growing hibiscus flowers. He was one of the founding members of the Southern California Hibiscus Society and was a key contributor to the hibiscus-growing community. Known to many as The Hibiscus Whisperer, Brad inspired his thousands of followers from around the world with his Instagram account, @hibiscuswhisperer, where he showcased his love and knowledge of hibiscus growing. Brad touched the hearts of many growers and inspired a generation with his passion for growing hibiscus.
Brad is survived by his wife of 32 years Beverly, daughters Brianna and Brooke (Branden Tangel), his mother Frances Newman Daniels, stepmother Victoria Daniels, and two grandchildren, Bladen Zeddie Tangel and Blakeley Rose Tangel, and mother-in-law Rosalie Larson. He is predeceased by his father, Brent K. Daniels, Sr., and brother, Brent K. Daniels, Jr.
Brad’s family would like to thank the wonderful Visiting Nurses & Hospice (VNA) Team, Denise, Marlene, Monique, Lydia, Carmen, Melinda, Ryan, and Blanca. Also to Brad’s Loving Care Caregivers Monica and Blanca. The Daniels family would like to extend their deep gratitude to Dr. Eric Trautwein for his excellent care for Brad, and Stancey for coming to the house every 6 weeks to give him a haircut!
Graveside Services will be held on July 22, 2022, at 3:00 PM, at Santa Barbara Cemetery located at 901 Channel Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93108.
Memorial contributions can be made to research all neurodegenerative diseases. Checks with the following account number should be designated I.U. Foundation, account #0380009961 – A.D. in memory of Brad Daniels and mailed to: Research in Pathology; Bernardino Ghetti, MD – Director, Dementia Laboratory, Indiana University School of Medicine, 635 Barnhill Drive MSB A13, Indianapolis IN 46202. or contributions can be made to VNA Health Foundation, 509 E. Montecito St., Suite 200, Santa Barbara, CA 93103.
Brad, you will be deeply missed. You left a beautiful impact on our lives and the lives of so many who were blessed to know you. We are grateful for all the memories we shared with you, and we know you are shining your radiant light on us from Heaven.