Daniel Patrick Faas passed away on May 14 at the age of 92.
Dan was born to Frederick and Margaret Faas on Dec. 22, 1924, at home in Jamaica, N.Y., on Long Island. He attended New York Public School 52 and the local technical high school, where he became interested in the current communication device, the radio.
When the United States entered World War II, his older brother Fred joined the Army. But Dan saw the Navy as his opportunity to experience his interests in the sea, airplanes and radio.
Just shy of his 18th birthday, he started his basic training on Oct. 31, 1942, at Sampson N.Y.
He attended a service school in Jacksonville, Fla., before spending the rest of the war in the Pacific Northwest – Whidbey Island, Shelton and Port Angeles in Washington as well as Dutch Harbor (VS-48) in Alaska.
It was during this time that he met Roseanna Harbour at a USO Christmas Eve dance in Olympia. They were married on May 1, 1945. Now they both were “in the Navy,” and Dan’s assignments took them to Jacksonville, Fla.; Corpus Christi, Texas; Virginia Beach (VF-61), Va.; Panama Canal Zone, where their daughter was born; Key West Fla.; Memphis, Tenn., where their son was born; Barbers Point, Hawaii; and finally back to Whidbey Island.
The family lived in Oak Harbor while Dan was assigned sea and shore duties with VAH-123, VAH-10, VA-42 and VA-128. He retired from the Navy as a chief petty officer on Nov. 14, 1968, having experienced naval air transitions from prop planes to jets and radio communications to onboard computers.
Next, Dan became an FAA employee continuing in aviation communications. An FAA assignment took Dan and Roseanna to Alaska above the Arctic Circle at Bettles Field and later to Juneau.
When Dan retired from the FAA in 1982, they became snowbirds, living the summers in Oak Harbor and the winters in places like Miramar, Calif., and Apache Junction, Ariz. One year, they took a cross-country trip to visit their earlier duty stations.
After 1997, they moved to Kent, where they lived with their daughter and enjoyed a close family life with their children and grandchildren.
Roseanna passed away on Aug. 30, 2015. Dan outlived his brothers Fred and William. He is survived by his sisters Ann and Margaret, daughter Sidney, son Mark, daughter-in-law Kathy, grandson Chief Petty Officer Michael and granddaughter Katelyn, as well as great grandsons Zachery and Zeal. Dan and Roseanna are interred together in Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent.
Dan’s greatest loves were his wife, his family, the Navy and golf. Four times he made a hole in one. Thank you, Dan, for your calming, steadfast presence in our lives. We will miss your dry sense of humor and seeing the twinkle in your eye before you began a joke.