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In Memory of

Dana Rene Francis

February 11, 1947 - October 8, 2016

Obituary


Dan was born in New London, Ohio on February 11, 1947 to parents, Dallas and Otis Francis. He was raised in Kentucky and joined the Navy on January 26, 1965 where he served on the aircraft carrier, the USS Yorktown. He later reenlisted on August 13, 1968 and served on the aircraft carrier, the USS Bon Homme Richard until August 3, 1970. Dan took great pride in his time in the Navy and was never without his USS Yorktown hat to the day he died.

He crafted his trade in the military as...

Dan was born in New London, Ohio on February 11, 1947 to parents, Dallas and Otis Francis. He was raised in Kentucky and joined the Navy on January 26, 1965 where he served on the aircraft carrier, the USS Yorktown. He later reenlisted on August 13, 1968 and served on the aircraft carrier, the USS Bon Homme Richard until August 3, 1970. Dan took great pride in his time in the Navy and was never without his USS Yorktown hat to the day he died.

He crafted his trade in the military as a machinist and mechanical engineer, working in the Oxygen and Nitrogen Plant. He later carried this training into his lifetime career, as an aeronautic and medical quality control/assurance inspector.

He met his wife, Karen in Long Beach, California on December 31, 1966 they were married on November 25, 1967. They made their home in San Diego, where their daughter, Shana, and son, Paul were born. Later they lived in Fort Smith, Arkansas, where their son Jon was born. They moved back to Newport Beach in December of 1971 for a period of time. Ultimately, finding what they would call home in Costa Mesa of March of 1972, where they raised their three children and welcomed their twelve grandchildren.

Besides family, he loved hiking in the Back Bay, Ortega Highway, or just about anywhere, as long as it involved nature. He loved playing the guitar and his "House of the Rising Sun" and "Malagena" will be fondly remembered. He also enjoyed watching flamenco dancing, telling jokes and inventing. He always wanted to learn more and watched the Discovery and History Channels daily. Dan had an amazing heart and gave it freely, from sponsoring a child in need to giving to Wounded Warriors monthly. He was devoted in his faith, belief in Christ and his spiritual journey. He had a relationship with the Lord and chose to spend time daily, reading the Bible, analyzing and studying the word. He did this his entire life.

Early in the morning of October 8, 2016 he passed away and was received into the Lords arms, after his battle with lung cancer ended. Per his wishes, he was at home, surrounded by his family, in Costa Mesa, California. We know he's in heaven, enjoying the Appalachian Mountains, where he is at peace, out of pain, and having endless expressos.