In Memory

David Danner

David Danner

We lost Dave January 17, 2011.  He served in the Marine Corps and retired as a Lt. Col. Another classmate gone too soon and he will be missed.

David Danner Jan. 5, 1947 - June 17, 2011

A memorial service will be held for David Danner, 64, of North Bend at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 26, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1290 Thompson Road in Coos Bay with Pastor Jon Strasman officiating. Cremation rites were held at Ocean View Memory Gardens in Coos Bay.

David was born Jan. 5, 1947, in Tarentum, Pa.

His family relocated to Southern California, where he graduated from South Gate High School in 1964. David enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1966, performing well enough to be recruited to Officer Candidate School and flight school where he earned his U.S. Navy wings. He married Lynn Gevers of South Gate in 1969. He served as an A-4 pilot and flight instructor in Arizona, California, Texas, Massachusetts, as well as Okinawa, Japan and Korea. While serving in the Marine Corps, he earned a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University. In 1990 he retired as a lieutenant colonel and the commanding officer of MAG-49, N.A.S. South Weymouth, Mass.

Upon his retirement from the Marine Corps, David earned his master’s degree in education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and began a second career as an educator. He taught fifth grade and high school history before transitioning into administration, where he served as a dean at Weymouth High School

After 14 years in education, David retired in 2007 and relocated with his wife, Lynn, to the southern Oregon coast. He loved the beauty of the area and his hobbies of camping, fishing and gardening maximized his time spent outdoors. He also loved wood working and carpentry, and took part in the design and building of his North Bend home. David and Lynn became Master Gardeners after moving to Oregon and spent a lot of time in their vegetable and flower gardens. They enjoyed traveling to Europe, Asia and the Mediterranean in their retirement and they took frequent shorter trips to visit family and friends.

A great deal of David’s time was dedicated to volunteering and community service. He served as president of Habitat for Humanity, South Shore, Mass., for three years in addition to his lifelong dedication to service as a member of the Lutheran Church. Through the years, he enjoyed singing in the church choir, participating in feeding programs and other outreach ministries and serving as a council member. He was recently elected president of the council at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Coos Bay.

David is survived by his wife, Lynn; son, Major Matthew Danner, USMC; daughter-in-law, Erin; daughter, Kate (Danner) Valleli; son-in-law, David Valleli; three grandsons and a granddaughter; a brother, four sisters and their families of Southern California.

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06/24/14 07:20 PM #1    

Armen Kevorkian

Dave Danner and I were pals for many years, he had an M G with side windows and goofey carburators. We got in an accident once in East L A.. We had just completed a brake job on his M G and we didn't bleed the brake lines properly. When Dave hit the brakes there were no brakes. We ran a red light and the front end of his M G went throught the right rear door of a ford filled with gang bangers. I thought we were in real trouble, but he talked his way out of it. No one got hurt.

                Daves father had a crysler Imperial we use to ride around in. A very big car with lots of horse power.  Dave was a good honest honrable guy. I was looking forward to meeting him. When this life is over I hope to see him.  

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