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Daniel G. "Dan" Brennan


1961 - 2018 Obituary Condolences Gallery
February 13, 1961 ~ May 25, 2018
Dan Brennan passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 25, at the University of Utah Hospital. Dan was born February 13, 1961, at what was then Holy Cross Hospital in Salt Lake City, to William J (Bill) and Janet C. Brennan. He attended Cosgriff School, junior high school in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and was graduated from Judge Memorial High School in 1980.
After a period at Westminster College, he joined the U. S. Coast Guard. For four years, Dan served as a combat radar operator aboard the Coast Guard cutter USCG RUSH patrolling from the Bering Sea and Alaskan waters south to Mexico. He served four years at sea on the cutter. Upon discharge he became a vessel traffic controller in San Francisco Bay. From a radar center he instructed ships entering, leaving and transiting the Bay. His many citations recognize his leadership in assisting vessels from aircraft carriers and giant container ships to private sail boats. Dan's responsibilities involved stranded vessels, avoiding at-sea collisions and rescuing survivors on civilian sailing mishaps.
Upon retirement in March, 2017, he returned to Salt Lake City where resumed his active, athletic life skiing five days a week, golfing in good weather and daily sessions at a gym.
As a qualified pilot Dan was awaiting an opportunity to become a flight instructor but aircraft availability delayed his finalizing the process.
The family would like to thank the many talented, caring doctors and nurses at the University of Utah Hospital. Dan is survived by his parents, Bill and Janet Brennan, a brother, Thomas, and is preceded by a brother, Richard William.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at Saint Ambrose Catholic Church, 1975 South 2300 East, on Friday, June 1, at 11:00 a.m.
Committal at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 4th Avenue and T Street under the direction of Neil O'Donnell and Sons Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to Saint Ambrose Church, 2315 Redondo Avenue, SLC, UT 84108.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from May 29 to May 31, 2018
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