|Birth: ||Jan. 16, 1947|
North Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Feb. 12, 2010|
COL Daniel D. Devlin, Sr. (USA RET), 62, most recently of Bristow, VA, passed away January 26, 2010 at INOVA Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia. His wife, Darlene "Dee" D. Devlin, 63, followed him in death 17 days later, passing away at their Virginia home on February 12, 2010.
Born April 21, 1947 in Northwood, ND, Dan was the son of Robert and Marion Devlin. Dee was born January 16, 1947 in Williston, ND to Roman and Ardell Daniel. Both graduated from Ray High School in 1965 and North Dakota State University in 1969; Dan with a Bachelors degree in History Education, Dee with a Bachelors degree in Home Economics. After dating for 6 years, the high school and college sweethearts married in Ray, ND on June 4, 1968. They were married for nearly 42 years. Both were lifelong members of the Roman Catholic Church.
Dan served for nearly 35 years in the United States Army – 31 years on Active Duty preceded by several years as Enlisted Reserve – commanding at every rank from Second Lieutenant to Colonel. His career began as an Armor Officer, followed later by time as a Foreign Area Officer. Dan commanded the 6th Psychological Operations Battalion and served in the Panama invasion as well as Desert Shield/Storm before being assigned as a Chief of Psychological Operations and Civil Affairs ("Everything is PSYOP!") at the Joint Staff. Dan's career culminated in serving as the commander/commandant of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (from which he graduated in Russian in 1979) as one of the longest-serving commanders in the institute's history. After military retirement in 2000, Dan worked as a consultant before being hired as a Department of Defense Civilian. He was a strong supporter of language training throughout his career. Dan was regarded as a consummate and compassionate leader, and was active in teaching at the Panetta Institute as part of their Leadership Seminar series. He held two Master's degrees, from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and the University of Southern California, and was a graduate of both the US Command and General Staff and US Army War Colleges.
Dee's first career was as an Army wife, but she held many positions in Civil Service as she accompanied Dan in his military career both at home and abroad. Dee first served as a library technician in Garmisch, Germany, where she helped establish a dedicated library facility on post. She later worked in supply at Munich American Elementary/High School before shifting her focus to Human Resources. After moving to Monterey, Dee first worked in the Human Resource Office at NPS. Her position for the past decade was as Administrative Officer for the Center for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR) at NPS where she was involved in budgeting and travel coordination, but also enjoyed preparing dishes for CCMR's receptions.
Dan and Dee were known as warm, wonderful people who shared their happiness, laughter, and zest for life with family and friends alike. They had a tremendous partnership; loved their home state of North Dakota; and enjoyed entertaining, traveling, listening to country music, and dancing the two-step together. Dee delighted in gardening, cooking, sewing, spoiling her grandkids, and watching Jeopardy nightly. Dan loved music, movies, showing off photos of his grandkids to everyone, and was a voracious reader; often being referred to as a man who seemingly knew everything.
Surviving Dan and Dee are son Daniel Devlin, Jr., his wife Tara, and their daughters Reilly and Elliott; and son Robert Devlin and his wife Lara – all of Marina, CA. Dan is also survived by his mother Marion Devlin of Hope, ND; brother Michael Devlin and family of Lawrence, KS; and sister Mary Devlin of Washburn, ND. Dee is also survived by sister Carolyn Perdue and family of Ray, ND; and sister Bev Aslakson and her husband of Lakeville, MN.
Joint funeral and interment services, with full military honors, will be held on May 19, 2010 beginning at 10:45am at the Memorial Chapel on Ft. Myer, later moving to Arlington National Cemetery. A rosary service will be held the night before, May 18th, at 7:00pm at All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas, VA. A "Celebration of Life" event on the Monterey Peninsula is tentatively scheduled for Summer 2010, with details to follow.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, or a charity of your choice.
Roman Charles Daniel (1916 - 2008)
Ardell V. Daniel (1920 - 2006)
Daniel D Devlin (1947 - 2010)
Arlington National Cemetery
Created by: Douglas Kirk Sorensen
Record added: May 16, 2010
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