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David Dave Lindsay Turner


1923 - 2015
David Dave Lindsay Turner Obituary
TURNER David Dave Lindsay Turner, 91, passed away on June 26, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida. Born in Oakland, California in 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 NOAA based out of Miami, FL as a civilian hurricane pilot adding another 22 years of flight time before retiring 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 of Oakland, CA, and his second wife, Ethel Inez Brown Turner of Ocala, FL, and his brother Ian G Turner. He is survived by his daughters Eleanore (Wayne) Hewitt Encinitas, CA and Polly (Mike) Casey Orange Park, FL, and grandsons David and Robert Hewitt, and Stephen and Matthew Casey. He is also survived by his step-children Dianne Brown Watson of Ocala, FL, Charles Brown (CA), Alton Brown (AL) and Allen Brown (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 the Florida Times-Union on July 2, 2015
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