MSGT David Lane Magee Ret.
1943 – 2020
“Do the next right thing for the next right reason.”
Dave, a marine, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and dedicated patriot died peacefully at his home on March 26, 2020.
Dave was born April 22, 1943 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Agnes Greer and Harry Dewey Magee Sr. He was raised by his mother Agnes and his stepfather Benjamin Edwin Anderson.
At seventeen year’s old, Dave enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He was a Vietnam Veteran and retired as a Master Sergeant after twenty years of service. During his time in the Marine Corps he made many lifelong friends. One of the highlights of his Marine Corps service was to be a member of the helicopter squadron HMM-364 Purple Foxes. In his retirement years he enjoyed acting as webmaster for the squadron alumni as well as organizing multiple reunions to help bring these brothers back together.
He married Geneil Paget in Jacksonville, North Carolina on September 9, 1967. Geneil would say their relationship was adventurous and loving. Dave always said that even though he grew up in a big family he came to understand what family really was after he married Geneil. His children and grandchildren often teased them about spending so much time together.
Dave recently celebrated thirty-five years of sobriety. He was actively involved in Alcoholics Anonymous.
It was rare to see Dave sitting still until later in his retirement. He was always on the go and working on a project. Dave enjoyed spending the day on his favorite trout stream. He loved woodworking and always had a project in progress. His favorite past time was spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Geneil; daughter Vicky Cook (Roger); son Benjamin Roy Magee (Lisa); 4 grandchildren, Kari Horner (Michael), Jordan Cook, Alexandra Marie Pentecost (Jordon), Nathanial Tims Barrow, and 6 great-grandchildren, Gracie Horner and A.J. Horner; Averett Pentecost, Charlotte Pentecost, Yvaine Barrow, Arietta Barrow and sister, Ruth Carlston.
He was preceded in death by 9 brothers and sisters.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the Semper Fi Fund. https://semperfifund.org/
A memorial service will be planned at a later time. Updates will be posted at https://www.facebook.com/David-Magee-113333180310462/ as available.
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