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David Lindsay "Dave" Turner

David Lindsay "Dave" Turner Obituary


TURNER,
DAVID LINDSAY, 91
David 'Dave' Lindsay Turner, 91, passed away on June 26, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida. Born in Oakland, California on September 23, 1923 to Scottish immigrants, he and his brother Ian G. Turner attended their early school years in Edinburgh, Scotland and graduated from Piedmont High, California.
Enlisting as a Naval Aviator during World War II, he interrupted his studies at the University of California, Berkeley until after the war. While finishing at Cal, he and his brother Ian both went on to win Olympic Gold Medals for Rowing as part of the Cal Crew 8 at the 1948 London Games. He was a dedicated athlete all his life.
Dave returned to the Navy in 1952 and served in Korea and Vietnam. As a Naval officer, he and his family were stationed throughout the US until he retired from the Navy in 1969 as Lt Commander. Dave joined the Dept of Commerce NOAA based out of Miami, FL as a civilian hurricane pilot adding another 22 years of flight time before retiring as Commander in 1993. He holds the record for the most flights into hurricanes by any pilot in the world.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Dorothy Easson Turner, Oakland CA, his second wife Inez Brown Turner, Ocala FL, and his brother Ian G Turner, Piedmont CA. He is survived by his daughters Eleanore (Wayne) Hewitt, Encinitas CA and Polly (Mike) Casey, Orange Park FL, and grandsons David Hewitt, Robert Hewitt., Stephen Casey and Matthew Casey. Sister-in-law DeeDee Turner, Piedmont CA, nephew Bruce Turner, Piedmont CA and his niece Nancy Newman, Oregon. He is also survived by his step-children Dianne Watson, Ocala FL, Charles (CA), Alton (AL) and Allen Brown, Ocala FL.
David Turner will receive a Navy burial at sea with full Military honors at a later date. You will be dearly missed.
Published in Ocala Star-Banner from July 5 to July 6, 2015
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