Died on the morning of March 30, two weeks short of his 50th birthday, of pancreatic cancer which he had been battling for two years. Dan was born in Santa Rosa and lived his early years here, attending Santa Rosa High School. He subsequently got a degree in English at Stanford University where he also met his future wife, Jocelyn Medawar, in a dorm production of the musical "Hair." After attaining a master's degree in Journalism from San Jose State University, Dan began his career as a reporter for the Peninsula Times Tribune in Palo Alto and the San Francisco Chronicle. He later moved to Los Angeles, Jocelyn's home town, and was soon editing editorials for the Los Angeles Times. At the end of his career he was writing editorials and blogs for that paper, making his last submission only a few days before his death, explaining that it kept him tethered to the world through some very rough times. In an e-mail to the staff following Dan's death, his immediate superior at the Times described Dan as "a lovely colleague, a mild, kind, smart voice in our editorial meetings. Yet, in his writing he was anything but mild--rather he was powerful, biting, funny and opinionated." Dan was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Turner, Dan is survived by his father, Ransom Turner of Santa Rosa, and his step mother Marilyn Turner, his sisters, Jan Turner of Eureka, Beth Proudfoot of Campbell, Carol Courville of San Jose, and his step-siblings, Eric and Kurt Anderson of New York, Kristen Anderson of Victoria, Canada and Lisa Childress of Oceanside
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Apr. 2 to Apr. 4, 2013