Daniel D. Durliat, age 70, a lifelong resident of the Toledo-Maumee area, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, July 30.
Born in Toledo on August 12, 1948 to James and Lenore (Nagel) Durliat, he graduated from Libbey High School and attended The University of Toledo. Dan worked as an auto mechanic and specialized in foreign cars. He was employed at the Former Khan Motors and later at Ed Schmidt in Perrysburg, from which he recently retired. Known to his friends as “Fly,” he was an incredibly smart, kind, considerate man who loved cars, auto racing, taking photographs and animals. Dan was a remarkable father and a devoted son, brother, uncle and friend. His presence, patience, calm demeanor and great conversations will be dearly missed. He was a genuinely cool, interesting person to be around.
He leaves behind his treasured son, Andrew (Erin) Durliat, who was born from Dan’s marriage to Gloria Kapp Wallington. He always referred to Andrew as “The Kid” and he was the light of his life. Although Gloria and Dan divorced, they set an example as co-parents to Andrew, with Dan often taking Andrew’s stepbrother for visitation along with them. Andrew gave Dan two beautiful grandchildren, Ellah and Carson – he was absolutely thrilled to be a grandfather and cherished his time with them. Along with Andrew and his family, Dan leaves behind his brother, Ron (Shelby) Durliat; sister, Sarah Durliat; and nieces and nephews.
Services will be private. Those wishing to make a donation in Dan’s honor are encouraged to consider the Toledo Area Humane Society or the Toledo Zoo.