Jason Bond 540-387-5493
March 5, 2012
MCDANIEL RETIRES FROM VDOT WITH ALMOST 50 YEARS OF SERVICE
SALEM – Marvin E. McDaniel of Martinsville has retired from the Virginia Department of Transportation after 49 years and nine months of service. He was a transportation operations manager at VDOT’s Carlisle Area Headquarters where he oversaw road maintenance activities for a portion of Henry County.
McDaniel began his VDOT career in 1962 working as a truck and heavy equipment operator. In 1968, he advanced to become a foreman overseeing inmate laborers before being promoted to maintenance supervisor in 1970. McDaniel accepted the position of transportation operations manager in 1973.
McDaniel has spent his entire career involved with road maintenance in Henry County. He considers working on Commonwealth Boulevard and his many years of snow removal as two of his most significant career achievements.
When asked about his time at VDOT, McDaniel said, “I could not have worked as long without all the great people around me.”
“Marvin always excelled at helping people and trying to make things better for them,’ said Lisa Hughes, P.E., residency administrator for VDOT’s Martinsville Residency Office. “His years of experience benefitted not only VDOT, but every employee he came into contact with.”
In the 1970s and 80s, McDaniel was a part of a band that performed in Virginia and North Carolina. The band won the Virginia Folk Music Award for best Bluegrass band in 1970.
During his retirement, McDaniel plans to travel, work at home and maybe write songs again.
McDaniel and his wife Betty have five children: Mark McDaniel, John McDaniel, Melissa Eanes, Michele Wright and Melaina McBride. McDaniel also has seven grandchildren.
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