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Daniel "Dan" Perkins Jr. '52 October 17, 2019 10:27 AM updated: October 17, 2019 10:30 AM

Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home obituary
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Daniel Calvin Perkins Jr.
April 12, 1930 - October 12, 2019

Daniel Calvin Perkins, Jr. passed away in Sarasota, Florida on October 12, 2019.

Daniel was born in San Antonio, Texas, to Eleanor Koenig Perkins and Daniel Calvin Perkins, Sr. Following an impressive high school athletic career in both tennis and football, Daniel went on to play football at Texas A&M University and joined the Aggie Corps of Cadets where he rose to Executive Officer of his regiment. He graduated in 1952 and was commissioned in the United States Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant. Daniel’s true adventure began when he met and married the love of his life, Belva, in 1954.

Daniel had a long and distinguished military career as a flight instructor and command pilot, aerospace physiologist at the Air Force Academy and consultant to NASA. In 1969, Daniel volunteered to serve in Vietnam as a A-37 Dragonfly fighter pilot where his valor and heroism would be awarded with both the Bronze Star and Distinguished Flying Cross medals. Following his retirement from the Air Force, he began his second career as the Director of Curriculum for the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas, until he retired in 1995.

He enjoyed his retirement surrounded by family and friends as he traveled the world with Belva until her passing in 2009. Daniel was a beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and a consummate Aggie fan.

Daniel is preceded in death by his wife Belva and his son Britt Perkins. He is survived by daughters Dana (Mark) Wetzel, D'Ann (Lyndell) Holmes, Dalane (Sean) Fox, sons Blaine Perkins, Blake Perkins and his grandchildren Travis (Heather), Kelli and Kyle Wetzel, Drew, Elise and Troy Holmes, Evan and Danielle Fox, and Samantha and Tabitha Perkins, and great-grandson Liam Wetzel.

Funeral Services and Military Honors for Lt. Colonel Perkins are scheduled for Monday, October 21, 2019 at 9:30 AM at Sarasota National Cemetery 9810 State Rd. 72, Sarasota, FL 34241. Burial will follow.

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Arrangements are being handled by Shikany’s Bonita Funeral Home Family Owned and Operated Since 1978.

Funeral Service

OCT 21. 9:30 AM (EDT)

Sarasota National Cemetery
9810 State Road 72
Sarasota, FL, 34241

Cemetery Details

Sarasota National Cemetery
9810 State Road 72
Sarasota, FL, 34241

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