Daniel Sanford Kukulski
October 20, 1958 - July 30, 2023
Daniel Sanford Kukulski passed away surrounded by his loving family on July 30, 2023, in Scottsdale, AZ, at the age of 64. Born in Flagstaff, AZ on October 20, 1958, he was the youngest of four children to Albert and Patricia Kukulski.
In his younger years, Dan's mother and father worked as educators for the Bureau of Indian Affairs which lead him to living in many places throughout the southwest. From a young age, Dan learned to make friends quickly and appreciate the presence of others around him. He graduated from Cortez high school in Colorado in 1976 where he left after graduation in search for something greater.
Eventually, Dan made it back to Arizona where he met his wife and soul mate, Debbie, dancing away at a disco bar in Scottsdale. The two fell in love, had two children, and spent the next 42 years building a strong relationship filled with love, happiness, and respect.
Dan's hard work never went unnoticed. He dedicated 20 years as a foreman, working at Rainbo bakery in Phoenix. Then in 2000, an opportunity arose for him to join forces with his brother, David Kukulski, to build and operate a promotional marketing company directed at high school sports. For many years, Dan had the pleasure of employing several family members and working alongside his son, Chris. Dan continued this successful venture with the help of several employees and his wife until his death.
Dan and his wife settled into the town of Cave Creek where he was known for supporting local businesses and his generosity in donations for many of the charities in Cave Creek. Dan made friends wherever he went and was known for his wise guy jokes and kind heart. He was a son of the American Legion and could often be found hanging with his friends at Post 34.
In his later years, Dan was blessed with four grandsons who brought more fun, smiles, and laughter into his life. He enjoyed watching them play sports, explore the outdoors, and just be young and rowdy boys.
Dan is survived by his wife, Debbie; his two children: Christopher (John) and Melissa (Josh); his dearest grandsons: Kane, Colt, Krew, and Jace; his sister, Linda; and numerous other family members whom he built strong, individual relationships with. Dan was proceeded in death by his parents, Albert and Patricia and his brothers, David and Larry.
Dan was an incredible man who wanted each person he met to feel special. He truly enjoyed making people laugh and always made himself available to help when help was needed. He will be missed terribly but his spirit will live on forever.