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In Memory of

Charles DeWitt Daniel

December 29, 1941 - May 5, 2017

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Charles DeWitt Daniel
December 29, 1941 - May 5, 2017

"Let me square the yards, while we may, old man, and make a fair wind of it homeward."
Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Chuck Daniel was a mariner, businessman, an historian, community volunteer and devoted husband, friend and guide dog trainer. To announce his death is to announce his life which was purpose-driven as he adjusted the sails during his 75 years.

Chuck was born in Bremerton, the only child of Nettie Mae (Wurster) and Worthy DeWitt Daniel and...

Charles DeWitt Daniel
December 29, 1941 - May 5, 2017

"Let me square the yards, while we may, old man, and make a fair wind of it homeward."
Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Chuck Daniel was a mariner, businessman, an historian, community volunteer and devoted husband, friend and guide dog trainer. To announce his death is to announce his life which was purpose-driven as he adjusted the sails during his 75 years.

Chuck was born in Bremerton, the only child of Nettie Mae (Wurster) and Worthy DeWitt Daniel and spent boyhood days on Oyster Bay where he and his pals used bed sheets as masts for their homemade sailboats. Chuck's father was lost at sea in 1945. His mother taught music in the Bremerton School District and worked as a part-time accountant when necessary to help support the family. Music was important in his life. He played French Horn in the Bremerton HS Band under the directorship of Bill Bissell, and graduated in 1960.

He married Roberta Kay Kunto (Bunny) in 1965, the year he graduated from of the University of Puget Sound where he majored in business. After a brief stint with Del Monte foods, he enlisted in the Navy and was commissioned an officer. He worked in oceanographic research during his active and reserve duties. Bunny and Chuck made their home at University Place. He worked for a variety of firms over the years but enjoyed American Marine Industries the most because the range of duties touched every aspect of sales and sailing. After both retired, they sought a change of pace and lived at Sun Lakes, Arizona for five years. Chuck could smell the salt water even from that distance so they returned to Washington and bought a sailboat. They lived on-board until they eventually found their ideal waterfront property.

Chuck met people easily and had a zest for living spurred by his natural curiosity and wit. He devoured thousands of history books and had strong views about the world and the ability of people to generally screw things up. He took comfort in the company of many close friends and colleagues over the years. He sought the fair winds throughout his life but, at the end, some gales were too strong to master.

Chuck held memberships in the Bremerton and Poulsbo Yacht Clubs, the Masonic Lodge-Horace Tyler 290 in Tacoma, Shiner's Afifi Charities, Kitsap Golf and Country Club, and was a 50-year member of Elks. He was very involved with guide dogs to assist blind people. To honor Chuck, please donate to Guide Dogs for the Blind at PO Box 151200, San Rafael, CA, 94915-1200 in his name.

You are invited to a memorial service for Chuck on Saturday, June 24, at 1:00 pm at Tracyton United Methodist Church, 5153 Naomi Ave, Bremerton, WA 98311.