Daniel Delane
1952 - 2019
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08/22/1952 - 06/15/2019 Daniel Louis Delane, 66, passed away unexpectedly on June 15, 2019 doing what he loved - flying. Dan is survived by his wife of 28 years, Lori Vincent Delane, whom he always referred to as his beautiful bride; his sons, Chase (Paige), Max, Michael (Kerianne), and grandson Louis. Along with siblings, John (Mimi) Delane, Mark (Cecily) Delane, and sister, Chris Huhs. He was born in Portland, Oregon on August 22, 1952 to Edward Louis Delane and Anne Marie Tumpane Delane. He attended Malaga Cove Intermediate School, Rolling Hills High School, George C Marshall High School (Ankara Turkey), and graduated from West Virginia University where he participated in the Air Force ROTC program. He joined the Air Force in 1975 where he flew the F-5, F-15, and was part of the Aggressor Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base. After his active duty service, he entered the Georgia Air National Guard where he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1996. He also flew for Eastern Airlines and finished his career with 28 years at FedEx, flying the 777 aircraft as a Check and Evaluation Captain. Dan was also a civilian flight instructor and a proud member of the Tiger Squadron formation flying team, where he was fondly referred to as "Dawg". He used his expertise to teach the art of formation flying and participated in special events throughout Southern California. He loved flying and wanted to share his knowledge and skills with everyone he could. He instilled the love of flight to everyone who had the honor to meet him. He was an instructor, guide, and mentor to all who knew him. His passions did not stop with flying, he also enjoyed cycling, sailing and routinely participated in the Newport-Ensenada Boat Race, along with having a fascination for cars. He had a big infectious smile, slightly mischievous twinkle in his eye and a hearty laugh. He had so much energy, positivity, and passion for life. He made living life to the fullest look easy. He was caring, generous, selfless and had a bright personality. Those things, among so many others, will be missed by all of those whose lives he touched. He had a life to be proud of and died doing one of the things he loved most. Fly high up there Dan, cloud chasing, until we meet again. Each time we see a separation in the clouds, we will know you soared by. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on June 28, 2019 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, located on 5845 Crestridge Rd, Rancho Palos Verdes CA 90275. A Celebration of Life will be held in August with the date and time to be announced later.


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Published in Daily Breeze on Jun. 23, 2019.
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August 13, 2019
I'm deeply saddened to hear of Dan's passing. My prayers & condolences are with you, Lori, your boys & Family. May God give you comfort at this time. So many fond memories of Eastern, EAL ski team & Lk Lanier house boat parties. God bless
Karen Hatfield Jaudon
July 20, 2019
It was with deep sorrow and stunned disbelief that I learned yesterday of Dan's passing. I knew Dan in high school and college. He lived life to the fullest and was definitely a talented man of action. He was a proud and passionate pilot, a wonderful family man and a great friend. He will be very much missed. My sincere condolences to Dan's family. Farewell to an American hero.
John Martin
July 5, 2019
So sorry to hear about Dan. I gave him his captain MD-11 IOE back in the 90's.He was an excellent pilot and fun to fly with on the around the world trip! Godspeed Dan

Con Campbell MD-11 Check Airman [Ret.]
July 3, 2019
Fair winds and following seas Dan.
Jeff Krosse
June 25, 2019
Very sad to hear this news. I served with Dan in the Georgia Guard. He had a great personality. May God comfort his family!

Thomas Southerland
June 25, 2019
Hand Salute.
Peter Olsson
Military
June 23, 2019
I HAVE KNOWN DAN FOR A LONG TIME=MET HIM WHEN I WAS TAKING CARE OF CHER 6 THAT HE AND 2 OTHERS OWNED AND OPERATED=AND A FEW TIMES DAN WOULD CALL ME AND REQUEST A FIX ON SOMETHING HE WOULD FIND ON THE AIRPLANE=WITH HIS MAGNIFYING GLASS. I WOULD RACE DOWN AND CORRECT IT. CAUSE I KNEW IT NEEDED FIXED IF HE CALLED. ONE TIME HE CALLED AND SAID LETS FLY TO CAT IN YOUR AIRPLANE AND GO GET THE CHER? HE SAID IT WOULDNT START SO LETS GO FIX IT=WITH HIS HELP WE BOTH FLEW BACK TO TOA. TO ME THIS IS A FUN/SMART PILOT. FOREVER IN YOUR DEBT FROM A ADMIRER FOREVER.
W.C. MATTHEWS
June 21, 2019
My best Friend, throwing a nickel on the grass for you!
JD Phillips
Served In The Military Together
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