Daniel De Foe

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Daniel De Foe Jan. 5, 1926 - Sept. 12, 2012 Daniel De Foe was born on January 5, 1926, in Fresno, California. His family lived in Tulare, Ca., where he spent his childhood and attended school. During his primary school years, he discovered he had a passion for playing music, especially the clarinet and later the saxophone and bassoon, which he enjoyed throughout his long life. He was an active member of his class at Tulare Union High School: acting as Drum Major, assembling his own jazz orchestra, leading many school dances, and eventually becoming high school class president. After graduating high school at the top of his class for science in 1943, Daniel reported to the University of Southern California where he qualified for the V-12 Naval Program and served as a cadet in the Naval R.O.T.C. He was later one of ten students selected to transfer to the University of Albuquerque, New Mexico, to continue officer training. Shortly after his transfer to New Mexico, in 1944, he was appointed to West Point Military Academy in New York. He became an active member in the Cadet Glee Club and Chapel Choir, and assembled his own jazz band and cadet dance orchestra in which he composed and directed all the music for the annual West Point musical extravaganza. Upon graduating the academy in 1948, Daniel married his high school sweetheart, Mary Louise Brown, and then was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the US Air Force and was stationed for two years in Tucson, Arizona. In 1950, during the Korean War, he was deployed for two years in Tachikawa, Japan, at FEAMCOM Air Force Base. In keeping with his character and interests, and obliging the request of his commanding officer, he formed a jazz marching band there at the base. At the end of his tour, Daniel was stationed in San Francisco, California, and worked as an instructor of military tactics at San Francisco State University for the U.S. Air Force. After one year of teaching duties, De Foe retired from military service, returning home to the family ranch in Tipton, where he would dedicate the rest of his life to his family, local affairs, and community service. Once back in civilian life, Daniel took over his father-in-law's poultry business, expanding it from a small 500-bird flock to over 12,000 by the time he sold the business in 1969. During this period of time, in addition to running the ranch, Daniel busied himself with raising his three sons, enjoying time with his wife, Mary Lou, and taking an active role in many community activities. He acted as Cub Scout Master, Little League Manager and Coach, PTA officer, and member of the Tipton and Tulare School Boards (a role in which he had the pleasure of handing his three sons their high school diplomas). He also served as Church Choir Director, and regularly played in a dance band and the Tulare County Symphony. In 1970, Daniel returned to the field of education, this time to teach sixth grade at Tipton Elementary, where he taught for several years. Later, he accepted the job of Principal and Band Director at Pixley Union School, where he remained until his retirement in 1979. Until his last day on earth, Daniel was a dedicated, loving husband, and a supportive father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is predeceased by his son, Michael, and is survived by his wife of sixty-four years, Mary Lou, his two sons Daniel and Gary, his four grandchildren: Jennifer, Daniel, Juliette and Danielle, and his nine great-grandchildren. He will ever be sorely missed. The family would like to thank all the home health aides that assisted in the care for Daniel, especially Rosa Garcia. The family will be holding private services. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the .

Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Sept. 18, 2012
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