Lt. Col. Dan Murray, beloved husband of Sheila Murray and father of Declan and Aidan, died July 20, 2014, in the presence of his family. Dan loved his wife and children above all but Christ and fought an eight year battle against brain cancer. His family is comforted by their steadfast knowledge of the peace Dan now relishes in the kingdom of heaven. Dan inspired us all with his integrity, perseverance and ... character. His character is best described, not defined, by his service to Jesus, his family and his country.
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After graduating the United States Air Force Academy in 1992, Dan went on to become a senior pilot with over 2,300 hours flying combat missions primarily in the MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft. He supported multiple operational contingencies, including Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, flying from or in more than 30 countries stretching the globe, from Thailand and Singapore east to Pakistan. Lt. Col.Dan Murray also served in numerous high profile positions in Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla. A testament to his enduring selflessness, he engaged and thrived in our community, including reaching the Third Degree in the Knights of Columbus and faithfully coaching youth sports activities.
The world lost a wonderful husband, father, friend, and … man … in Dan Murray. We can all be comforted that he now flies in Heaven, celebrating eternal life with passion in much the same way he lived and served all of us. We love you, Dan, and will miss you forever.
Dan is survived by his wife, Sheila; and two sons, Declan and Aidan; as well as, his mother, Sherry Murray; and sister, Alison Carson. Viewing is at 5:30 p.m., July 24, 2014, at Emerald Coast Funeral Home, Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Mass will be held 11 a.m., July 25, 2014, at St. Peters Catholic Church, Mary Esther, Fla, with procession following to Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please honor Dan by donating to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation at www.specialops.org or via mail at P.O. Box 89367, Tampa, FL 33689, (813) 805-9400.
Expressions of love and sympathy may be viewed online at www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home
161 Racetrack Rd NW
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News from July 24 to July 25, 2014