May 7, 1923 - July 15, 2013
Resident of Stanford
Daniel DeYoung peacefully passed from this life at his Stanford home on July 15th 2013.
Born in Washington, DC, in 1923, he and his brother Alan were raised by their mother, Helen DeYoung. Dan attended grade school in Laurel, Maryland and preparatory school at Fishburne Military School, Waynesboro, Virginia. He graduated from Fishburne in June 1941. In December, at the outbreak of World War II, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army and entered on active duty in March, 1942. A platoon leader in the 32d Infantry Division, Dan was wounded at Buna, New Guinea in December, 1942. After hospitalization, he returned to duty, serving in the Pacific until returning to the US in 1946 to attend the Command and General Staff School. It was during his hospital stay in Sydney where he met and later married his wife, Lynne. They were very happily married for sixty years. Dan was always extremely proud of his military
service which he partly attributed to his Fishburne Military School experience. He served on their board of trustees for years, and was named their Outstanding Alumnus in 2002. He subsequently sponsored his granddaughter's stepson Blake to attend Fishburne.
Dan enjoyed a 21- year army career, retiring in 1963 as a Lieutenant Colonel. While in
the service, he earned a BS degree from the University of Maryland and a MBA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Upon his Army retirement, Dan was employed as Manager of Industrial Engineering of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. During his seventeen year career at Stanford, he also served as Director of the Physical Plant, Director of Service Operations, and as Executive Assistant to the Vice President. Dan retired from Stanford in 1979, he was then employed by The Coca-Cola Company as Director of College and University Relations and, subsequently, by the Bechtel Corporation which assigned him to several projects in the United States, New Zealand, Brunei, and Saudi Arabia. Over the years he was a member and officer of
many civic organizations, serving as president of the Palo Alto Optimist Club, Lieutenant Governor of Optimist International, and Vice-president of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce. He was President of the Stanford Homeowners Association, the California coordinator for the Australian-American Bicentennial Foundation, Vice President of the Peninsula Retired Officers Club, and proud member of the Fellowship Forum.
Dan DeYoung was the ultimate optimist in life. He believed that almost any obstacle could be overcome with reason and hard work. This is how he survived the incredible difficulties of WWII and numerous physical reversals of the past few years. His goal was his 90th birthday, which was celebrated this May amidst family and friends. His daughter-in-law Dani might have summarized our thoughts best with her Facebook entry: "RIP, Daniel DeYoung. You were a force of nature and the ultimate 'people person.' Your love, strength, optimism, kindness, curiosity, talent, charm, warmth and can-do spirit will continue to guide us. (We are) so proud of you and the life you have lived.
Dan is survived by his brother, Alan DeYoung of Corvalis Oregon, and his two sons,
Dr. Alan John DeYoung of Lexington KY (and wife Galina Valyayeva); and Dr. Paul DeYoung of Portland OR (and his wife Daniela). He also has six surviving grandchildren, Dan, Lauren, Amy, Lena Lynne, Benjamin, and Patrick. Dan was predeceased by his wife Lynne, and his grandson Nathaniel. A full burial service with military honors will be performed for Lt. Colonel Daniel DeYoung at Arlington
National Cemetery in the Fall; and a memorial service on his favorite place - the Stanford campus- is pending. In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations to the
of Northern California and Nevada.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on July 26, 2013