Daniel Anthony Pinto. July 11, 1944 – November 11, 2016
CWO4 (Ret), Daniel “Gunner” Pinto, USN passed away in the presence of his family on Friday, November 11th after a long struggle with cancer. Dan was born on July 11th, 1944 in Scranton, PA to Donato and Claire Pinto. He joined the US Navy in 1962, serving on USS Halsey Powell (DD 686), USS Taylor (DD 468), USS McCaffery (DD 860), and USS William V. Pratt (DLG 13) as a Fire Control Technician, advancing to the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer, before accepting a commission as a Warrant Officer in 1977. As an officer, he served aboard USS Dale (CG 19) and was a member of the commissioning crew of USS Yorktown (CG 48), retiring in 1986 after 26 years of active service. Following retirement, Dan continued to work in the defense industry as a contractor and retired from SAIC in 2010 after twenty years. He worked as a Red Cross volunteer at the Tricare Pharmacy until his illness.
Dan was a caring and charismatic leader, loving husband and father, and a loyal friend who lived life to it’s fullest and left an impression on everyone he met. He was a proud veteran with service in Vietnam, who loved his country and the Navy nearly as much as his family. He leaves behind his beautiful bride of 53 years, Levonne, who was the love of his life along with their four daughters: Debbie Palley and husband Richard (Farmville, VA), Dienna Soles and husband Jeffery (Richmond, VA), Danette Bailey and husband Sean (Virginia Beach, VA), and Denise Westlund and husband Per (Hanford, CA). Additionally he had eight grandchildren; YN1 Daniel Ezell, USN, Michael Ezell, Brooke Westlund, Richard Bond, Jacob Bailey, Andrea Soles, Thomas Bond, and Jack Bailey; and two great-grandchildren; Danica Westlund and Evan Ezell. “Poppy” will be dearly missed by his family and all who knew him over the years.
Private services to honor Daniel’s life will be held at a later date. The Altmeyer Funeral Home-Southside Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed by clicking the “post a condolence” button below.
The family has requested that any memorial gifts in Daniel’s name may be made to the Sentara Hospice House, as they provided compassionate care in Daniel’s final days or Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, as he was a regular contributor. Please click the highlighted text in this paragraph to make a contribution to the fund.