Deane Everett McMinn

Deane Everett McMinn

Birth
Danforth, Washington County, Maine, USA
Death
15 Feb 1961 (aged 44)
Brussels, Arrondissement Brussel-Hoofdstad, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium
Burial
Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot
Holly: 5, G
Memorial ID
38472536 View Source

Interred: 2/28/1961

Son of Pearl Sutherland and Maurice L. McMinn of Maine.

Deane Everett McMinn, born in 1916 in Washington, was the eldest of three children. His family moved to Southern California during his high school years. He graduated from the University of Kansas in marine engineering. During World War II, he enlisted in the Navy and served on PT boats in the South Pacific.

Deane began skating in 1939 at age twenty-three and was a charter member of the Arctic Blades Figure Skating Club. After the war he became a regular at Iceland's Sunday night dance sessions with partner Elvira ("Betty") Sonnhalter. They were the 1951 Pacific Coast bronze dance champions. After competing in silver dance, Deane retired from competitive skating and began judging.

Within a few years, Deane had become an intermediate and silver dance judge. He was active in the Southern California Inter-Club Association, chairman of the 1954 Nationals in Los Angeles, and began judging at Nationals after he became a gold judge in 1957. The USFSA nominated Deane to its executive committee, and held several chairman posts. Deane recruited many young adult skaters to become judges.

In 1960, Deane became a referee, a world judge, and judged at the 1960 Olympic Winter Games in Squaw Valley, California. In October 1960, Arctic Blades club members surprised President McMinn with a reception. He had just returned from the USFSA Executive Committee meeting where he was named Team Manager. McMinn, forty-four, felt honored and excited to be named team manager.

Note: Victim of the crash of SABENA Airlines flight #548:

"The deceased was one of 61 passengers aboard the ill-fated Boeing 707 which crashed near Melsbroek Airport on landing at 10:05 a.m., February 15, 1961, and caught fire. There were no survivors."

"Sabena Flight 548, was a Boeing 707 aircraft that crashed en route to Brussels, Belgium, from New York City on February 15, 1961, killing the entire United States Figure Skating team on its way to the 1961 World Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia."

"Deane McMinn was a figure skating judge who was serving as team manager for the United States Figure Skating team attending the 1961 World Figure Skating Championships. He was killed along with all other members of the team in the crash of Sabena Flight 548 en route to the competition.

McMinn, who lived in Lomita, California, was a former ice dancer who competed at the regional and sectional level in the early 1950s. He judged at the 1960 Winter Olympics and 1961 North American Figure Skating Championships in addition to many competitions in the United States. For example, at the 1960 United States Figure Skating Championships, McMinn was on the judging panel for all four championship-level events."

Source: Wikipedia

Maine, Birth Records, 1621-1922:

Name: Deane Everett McMinn
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 25 Nov 1916
Birth Place: Danforth
Registration Place: Danforth, Washington
Father: Morris McMinn
Mother: Pearle

Reports of Deaths of American Citizens Abroad, 1835-1974:

Name: Deane Everett McMinn
Date of Birth:abt 1917
Date of Death: 15 Feb 1961
Place of Death: Belgium
Age at Death: 44

Interred: 2/28/1961

Son of Pearl Sutherland and Maurice L. McMinn of Maine.

Deane Everett McMinn, born in 1916 in Washington, was the eldest of three children. His family moved to Southern California during his high school years. He graduated from the University of Kansas in marine engineering. During World War II, he enlisted in the Navy and served on PT boats in the South Pacific.

Deane began skating in 1939 at age twenty-three and was a charter member of the Arctic Blades Figure Skating Club. After the war he became a regular at Iceland's Sunday night dance sessions with partner Elvira ("Betty") Sonnhalter. They were the 1951 Pacific Coast bronze dance champions. After competing in silver dance, Deane retired from competitive skating and began judging.

Within a few years, Deane had become an intermediate and silver dance judge. He was active in the Southern California Inter-Club Association, chairman of the 1954 Nationals in Los Angeles, and began judging at Nationals after he became a gold judge in 1957. The USFSA nominated Deane to its executive committee, and held several chairman posts. Deane recruited many young adult skaters to become judges.

In 1960, Deane became a referee, a world judge, and judged at the 1960 Olympic Winter Games in Squaw Valley, California. In October 1960, Arctic Blades club members surprised President McMinn with a reception. He had just returned from the USFSA Executive Committee meeting where he was named Team Manager. McMinn, forty-four, felt honored and excited to be named team manager.

Note: Victim of the crash of SABENA Airlines flight #548:

"The deceased was one of 61 passengers aboard the ill-fated Boeing 707 which crashed near Melsbroek Airport on landing at 10:05 a.m., February 15, 1961, and caught fire. There were no survivors."

"Sabena Flight 548, was a Boeing 707 aircraft that crashed en route to Brussels, Belgium, from New York City on February 15, 1961, killing the entire United States Figure Skating team on its way to the 1961 World Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia."

"Deane McMinn was a figure skating judge who was serving as team manager for the United States Figure Skating team attending the 1961 World Figure Skating Championships. He was killed along with all other members of the team in the crash of Sabena Flight 548 en route to the competition.

McMinn, who lived in Lomita, California, was a former ice dancer who competed at the regional and sectional level in the early 1950s. He judged at the 1960 Winter Olympics and 1961 North American Figure Skating Championships in addition to many competitions in the United States. For example, at the 1960 United States Figure Skating Championships, McMinn was on the judging panel for all four championship-level events."

Source: Wikipedia

Maine, Birth Records, 1621-1922:

Name: Deane Everett McMinn
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 25 Nov 1916
Birth Place: Danforth
Registration Place: Danforth, Washington
Father: Morris McMinn
Mother: Pearle

Reports of Deaths of American Citizens Abroad, 1835-1974:

Name: Deane Everett McMinn
Date of Birth:abt 1917
Date of Death: 15 Feb 1961
Place of Death: Belgium
Age at Death: 44


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