Mervin Danclar

June 4, 1940 ~ May 9, 2020 (age 79)



Danny was born on June 4, 1940 in Santa Cruz, Trinidad, West Indies.  He was the oldest  of 8 siblings born to Herman Pegus & Catherine Danclar.  Growing up in the islands, Danny loved the water.  He accepted Christ at an early age and attended church daily with his grand mother.  Danny attended Osmond Boys School in Trinidad.  Quickly, he gravitated toward the fishermen along the shores learning how to mend nets and becoming a fisherman. 

While working in Trinidad, Danny applied for a work Visa for the USA and obtained a five year permit.  He soon began working for Gulf King Shrimping Company.  Danny’s skills as a fisherman became known around the Gulf of Mexico.  He then was promoted to Captain and given a brand new boat of his own to manage. Danny later relocated to Lake Charles.  In Lake Charles, he had several successful businesses and with his fisherman roots, he opened his first restaurant, D & E  Seafood on Hwy 14. He obtained the building on the corner of Broad and Highway 14 for expansion, and later sold the business to the current owner of Steamboat Bills. He then relocated with family to St. Louis, MO & opened his 2nd business Danny’s Seafood restaurant on MLK drive & Euclid before moving back to Lake Charles.

All who knew Danny know that he was a great entrepreneur. After having success in the food industry, Danny began selling Nomex. This business was called A & C Work Clothing Inc., named after his eldest two daughters. Danny owned this business from 1994 until he retired in 2009. If you were lucky enough to know him, he didn’t retire. He shortly became known as the “smoothie man” around town.

Danny was a very spiritual man and was a member of Glad Tidings Church.  He pursued ministry and started preaching around 2008. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Theology/Christian Counseling from Visions of Faith Theological Seminary. He was active in the prison ministry at his church, and was often seen passing out biblical cards in restaurants and retail stores of Lake Charles. He found great pleasure in putting a smile on a persons face and was often heard saying “life is sweet.”

Danny, or “Carlton” as he was known by those who loved him most was proceeded in death by his mother Catherine Danclar, father Herman Pegus, and two sisters Shelia and Mary all of Trinidad and Tobago. Danny leaves to mourn his ex-wives Alice Faye Danclar and Hyacinth Gopaul, and 8 daughters: Abiola Gentry (Kevin), Courtney Danclar, Jennifer Danclar (Brandon), Milaun Danclar, Shellyann Guillory (Joseph), Jillian Jackson (Raymond), Kellyann Little (Corey), and Leean Gopaul.  “Carlton” leaves two brothers: Wayne Danclar  and Fernando Deleon; and three sisters: Brenda Danclar, Joan Bliden (Melvin) (NY) Glenda Motley (NY), and 9 grandchildren. Danny also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family members in Trinidad and America that loved him dearly.

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