Leonard Daniel "Captain Danny" Woodward, born Dec. 23, 1936, in Okaloosa County to Herbert and Essie Woodward, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 29, 2012.
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He was a lifelong resident of Destin, Fla., until moving to Crestview, Fla., in 2003. His family was one of the first families of Destin. Captain Danny was a lifelong member of the Destin Charter Boat Association. He received his captain's license at the age of 18. His first charter boat was the "Betty W" in 1960. He built the "Sea Pal II" in his back yard, which he chartered for over 40 years. Danny served on the first Destin City Council, where he served for two terms. He was in the National Guard from 1958-1961, was an officer with the Destin Community Center, served as a Destin Fire Commissioner, and on the Board of Directors at Destin Water Users. He was an active member of Destin UMC for many years. But, Danny was best known for his devotion to his God, family and friends. He was a man of uncompromising integrity. One of his close friends summed it up best by saying, "Danny had a heart of gold and would help anyone without hesitation."
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 52 years, Betty Woodward; son and his wife, Scott and Debbie Woodward of DeFuniak Springs, Fla.; and daughter, Cindy Worrells of Baker, Fla. He has seven grandchildren: Kathryn Woodward, Cody Woodward, Molly Woodward, Ashley Martin, Brandon Martin, Brandi Rotello and Candice Smith; and two great-grandchildren, Jaden and Avery Rotello. He has two sisters, Betty Ann Medcalf of Tyler, Texas, and Carolyn Johnson of West Palm Beach, Fla. He was preceded in death by his son, Daniel "Neil" Woodward; and brother, Herbert "Sonny" Woodward Jr.
A viewing will be held on Sunday, April 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 2, at 2 p.m. at St. Marks Methodist Church, 2250 P.J. Adams Pkwy., Crestview.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Marks Methodist Church, or the
Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com
Published in Northwest Florida Daily News from Mar. 31 to Apr. 1, 2012