David Lindsay Turner

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1923 - 2015


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David "Dave" Lindsay TurnerSept. 23, 1923 - June 26, 2015Formerly of Oakland & PiedmontDavid "Dave" Lindsay Turner, 91, passed away on June 26, 2015 in Jacksonville, FL. Born in Oakland, CA in 1923 to Scottish immigrants, he and his brother Ian G. Turner attended their early school years in...

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I flew as navigator with Dave in the 70s. Of all of the hurricane pilots he was my favorite. He never talked about his Olympic accomplishment but we all knew about it. What a guy, fun, and very professional . Loved to hear him talk. Wow how time passes.

Reading such wonderful tributes and shared memories has lifted my heart. You lived your life to the fullest and enjoyed every minute of it. To me you are the best Father a girl could ever have had and it was my honor to share you with the world.
Love forever

As a young scientist somewhat concerned about flying into a hurricane, I was always put at ease when Dave briefed everybody about what we were going to do that day and how things were going to be done during the mission. I always felt safe and confident about getting back with him aboard. I was in awe of of the fact that he was also an Olympian and Gold medalist... something he was too modest to mention. Fond memories of a great person.

Turner, Sandquist and Hatch during RFF days

Dave Turner, always a perfect gentleman and I was lucky to have met him when I came onboard in NOAA in Miami. I am sure Dave was a great mentor to many a pilot. You will be missed Dave by all of us that have crossed your path. We were the lucky ones!

Dave is now flying among the angels and, no doubt, G-d filed his flight plan. As many others have said, Dave was a super pilot, leader and gentleman. I'm happy and proud to have had our paths cross on the ground and in the skies. Rest in peace, my friend.

- Howie Friedman, Hollywood, Florida

Dave was indeed the consummate gentleman and the finest pilot I had the privilege of flying with in 50 seasons of hurricane flights. I will always remember his contended smile as he flew his last hurricane penetration off the west coast of Mexico into a beautiful setting sun.

I have many fond memories of flying with Dave into hurricanes with NOAA early in my career. What a remarkable man and pilot he was.

Dave will be sorely missed. He was a great pilot, always calm like the eye of a hurricane, into which he safely took us so many times.

I spent many an hour in hurricanes with Dave - often just behind him in the cockpit in the P-3's. Indeed, he was everything those have mentioned. I remember in our trips to Puerto Rico that he would go into the water and swim out of sight! He had a lap pool built into his home in Kings Bay and would spend hours swimming there. Always in top shape. It was a pleasure and joy working with Dave.
Bob Sheets - Lake Placid, FL