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John David Daigh

1931 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
John David Daigh Obituary
Daigh, John David John David Daigh passed away June 2, 2014 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. Son of Robert Buford Daigh and Frances Adams Daigh, John was born January 14, 1931 in Parsons, Kansas. Before John was a year old, his father moved the family to Dallas to continue his career with the Katy Railroad. After attending DISD schools and graduating from Sunset High School, John attended West Point with the hope of becoming an engineer. John graduated in 1951 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the US Army Corp of Engineers. Following Graduation from West Point, John returned to Dallas to marry the love of his life, Margaret Lee Barrier. They enjoyed the next 63 years together, with Margaret supporting John every step of the way. For 20 years, John served in the Army in the US, Germany and Saudi Arabia. In 1957, he graduated from the University of Illinois with Master of Science in Civil Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. From 1961-1971 he was a Professor teaching engineering mechanics at West Point. Upon John's retirement from the Army as a Lt Colonel, he served as Chairman of Eastfield's Mathematics and Engineering Division until 1982. In 1984, he transferred to Richland College continuing to teach until he retired at age 70. While teaching, he supported and led several engineering education organizations. Ever the gentleman and a man of integrity to the core, John was a great example to his family and to his students. A quiet man with a dry sense of humor, John was a very humble and giving person, always having time for others. John especially loved spending time with his family. While his children were growing up, the family enjoyed touring vacations by car with the canoe on top ready to see U.S. National Parks and other sites. The trips were usually combined with John's continued pursuit of education. John enjoyed gardening, reading, bridge, music, theater, and repairing all kinds of things around the house. While retired, John was a leader with Volunteers in Patrol and the Technical Club of Dallas. John also enjoyed his long association with West Point and his many friends. He was a proud member of the Long Gray Line, keeping the Principles of Duty, Honor and Country close to his heart. John was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Nancy Ogden and Jane Terry, and by his grandson, John Charles Daigh. Survivors include his loving wife Margaret, his three children, John David Daigh, Jr. and wife Karen, Olivia Daigh Popplewell and husband Tom, and Robert Barrier Daigh and wife, Natalie. Grandchildren include Alison Daigh Honeycutt and husband BJ, John Thomas Popplewell, Scott David Popplewell, Arthur Wilson Daigh and Laura Michelle Daigh. Great Grandchildren include Molly Skye Jethwa and Jolie Olivia Jethwa. John is also survived by numerous nephews and a niece. OPEN HOUSE to Remember and Celebrate John's life on June 17, 2014 at 7318 Baxtershire Drive, Dallas, TX from 5-7:30pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to UT Southwestern Medical Center, P. O. Box 910888, Dallas, TX 75391-0888 or online at www.utsouthwestern.edu/donatenow to support the Alzheimer's Disease Center.


Published in Dallas Morning News on June 13, 2014
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