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Capt. David Van Saun
Capt. David Van Saun (US Navy Ret.) passed away peacefully on November 17, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Hackensack, NJ on November 17, 1945, raised in Long Beach, CA and graduated from
. He married the love of his life Doris on June 25, 1983 in San Diego, CA. David proudly served his country in the
from 1968-1998. He was a highly decorated career USN Surface Warfare officer who served in Vietnam and on many other naval ships and also commanding officer at the Mayport Naval Station. After retirement, Capt. Van Saun served as Joint Cross-Service team leader for the 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission. He also was a member of the Navy League, serving as president of the Mayport Chapter and National Director. He enjoyed hiking, was a Republican and a pro-life advocated. Family members include his wife of 30 years, Doris Carter Pace Van Saun; sons, Christopher A. Pace (Sarah), Brian S. Pace (Angelique) and Michael Van Saun; daughter, Deborah Van Saun; brother, Walter "Bud" Van Saun (Dores); special niece, Linda Van Smaalen; sister-in-law, Brenda Carter; and 8 grandchildren; 1 grandniece; and 6 grandnephews. Predeceased by his father, Walter Van Saun; mother, Harriett Elizabeth "Betty" Van Saun; and brother, Arthur "Art" Van Saun. Services will be private with interment in Jacksonville National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations "in memory of David Van Saun" may be made to ALS Center at Mayo Clinic, 4500 San Pablo Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32224. Please visit our online Tribute at
. Services under the direction and care of Quinn-Shalz Family Funeral Home, Jacksonville Beach, FL.
Quinn-Shalz Family Funeral Home
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Nov. 21, 2012
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"Doris, I served under your husband on the USS Detector (MSO 429). He was the finest Commanding..."
- Jerauld Dunn
"Dear Doris! Thank you for our conversation today!! Just wanted to say that someday I might just see him..."
- Carolyn Wyatt-McKinney
"We love you daddy and miss you terribly"
- The Pace
"Doris, Our love and prayers are with you and your family."
- Bob & Karen Neu & Family
"Dear Doris, Dave fought a valiant battle with a terrible disease. You have been at his side all the way...."
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