John C. Deal Jr.

Obituary
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John C. Deal, Jr., age 94, of New Smyrna Beach, died Tuesday, November 12, 2013. He was born February 5, 1919 in Hawks Park (Now Edgewater), Florida. The family then living in Oak Hill, Florida moved to Coronado Beach, Florida (Now New Smyrna Beach) where his father built a home in the early 1920s. Mr. Deal graduated from the New Smyrna Beach High School in June 1937. That fall of the same year he was admitted to Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana and in June 1941 he graduated from the University with a B. S. Degree in Agriculture. At that time Hitler and the Germans had conquered Poland and France and Britain was under heavy air Assualt and Japan was threatening in the Far East. In order to avoid the draft Mr. Deal enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in the summer of 1941. During that summer he worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculure in Indiana. Immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese on December 7, 1941 he was called to active Duty and reported to the U.S. Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia in February 1942 and was enrolled in the Officer Candidates Class. After several months of intensive training he was promoted to Second Lieutenant in May 1942 and soon thereafter reported to the Twenty Second Marine Regiment San Diego, California. The Regiment sailed from San Diego in July 1942 and was stationed in Western Samoa being attached to the Third Marine Brigade for training and exercises. At this time Lt. Deal was assigned as Aide-de-Camp to General Thomas E. Watson, Commanding The Third Marine Brigade. Lt. Deal remained as Aid-de-Camp to General Watson from August 1942 to February 1944. He participated in the Marshal Islands Campaign in February 1944 in the capturing of Kwajalein Atoll and Eniwetok Atoll. Lt. Deal was promoted to Captain at that time and in October 1944 he was ordered to Guadalcanal and reported to the Sixth Marine Division and was assigned as Commanding Officer Company G. Second Battalion Twenty Second Marines. After Several Months Training and Exercises the Division proceeded to Ulithi Atoll for staging with the Okinawa Invasion Force. In Mid March 1945 the Division under Command of General Lemuel C. Shepherd sailed for Okinawa. On Sunday morning April 1, 1945 the Division arrived off Okinawa and Captain Deal landed with the first wave green Beach One. After three months of fierce fighting and many casualties Okinawa was secured and the Division retired to Guam in June 1945 where it began preparing for the invasion of Japan itself. The war ended however on August 14, 1945. Captain Deal was honorably discharged from the U. S. Marine Corps in October 1945. Having been discharged from the Marine Corps, Mr. Deal returned to New Smyrna Beach and became involved in the family Citrus Business. He was Secretary and General Manager of Oak Hill Citrus Growers Association until his retirement in 1990. He was an avid Citrus Grower and Grove Owner. During the many years he was involved in the citrus business he participated in the following citrus related organizations: Past Director Florigold Growers, Vero Beach, Florida; Florida Citrus Mutual, Lakeland, Florida; Seald-Sweet Growers, Tampa, Florida; Plymouth Citrus Products Cooperative, Plymouth, Florida; and Past Director and President, Mims Citrus Growers Association, Mims, Florida. Mr. Deal was involved through the years in a number of civic Organizations in New Smyrna Beach: Member and Past President, New Smyrna Beach Rotary Club; Director and President, Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce; Past Director, Southeast Volusia Hospital District; Charter Member and Past Chairman, New Smyrna Beach Utilities Commission; Member and Past Governor Smyrna Yacht Club; Member and Past Governor Halifax River Yacht Club, Daytona Beach, Fla.; Past Member, Anglers Yacht Club; Member, New Smyrna Beach Golf & Country Club; Member, Coronado Community United Methodist Church since the late 1920s. Mr. Deal was an avid Golfer and on July 21, 2001 he shot a score of 82. He is survived by his wife, Wally, son, John C. Deal, III, his wife, Sherrie, daughter, Margaret Ann Baxter, her Husband, Dr. Robert Baxter, three grandchildren, Deborah Deal Clark, Cal Baxter and Andy Baxter; two great grandchildren, Smyrna, and Seanna Clark. Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 18 at the Coronado Community United Methodist Church, with the Reverend Robert C. Brown Officiating. Interment will follow in Edgewater-New Smyrna Cemetery. Friends may call at the Settle-Wilder New Smyrna Beach Chapel from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Sunday, November 17. Flowers are welcome, but memorials may be sent to Coronado Community United Methodist Church, 201 South Peninsula Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169. Condolences may be made online at www.settlewilderfuneralhome.com



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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Nov. 16, 2013
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