Strafford-Donald Allan Turner died Tuesday April 2, 2013 at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NH after a brief illness. Born in San Jose, Calif, on July 22, 1969 and lived in Rochester, NH prior to attending the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. He is the son of Patricia Turner Dupuis of Strafford and Alan Harris of California.
After graduation from Annapolis, Don became a naval aviator with 1500 flying hours first pilot time in single and multi engines, before moving on to the P3 Orion. He served his country with three operational (combat) tours. He was Admiral staff member to Commander Patrol Wings Atlantic (1992); was military liaison for DOD Operation Southern Watch, a Joint Task Force with the mission of monitoring and controlling airspace south of the 32d parallel; a flight school instructor (ground school) for Aerodynamics ; taught student pilots from different branches of service including international students from Italy, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Master Training Specialist ( Naval Aviation Schools Command).
He spoke French, Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese and Arabic and was currently enrolled in UNH working toward his MBA.
Retired from the Navy after 11 years, he was the recipient of Meritorious Unit Commendation, Southwest Asia service medal(2),Armed Forces Expeditionary medal, National Defense service medal, Navy Marksmanship Rifleman Ribbon, Navy Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon.
He loved his family and his country and tried to help others whenever he could. Members of the family include his much loved stepfather Donald Dupuis, uncles Donald F. Turner and Frederick A. Turner both of Rochester, stepbrothers Matthew Dupuis and his wife Liz of Concord, Mark Dupuis and his wife Lindsey of Weare, Tim Dupuis and his wife Sarah of Concord, half brother Sean Harris of Ohio, half sister Valerie Honeycutt of N. Carolina, niece Aubrey Dupuis of Weare, many cousins, and Timone his beloved dog.
Services with military honors will be held at 3:00pm on Monday, April 8, 2013 in the chapel of the NH Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH. Arrangements are in the care of the H. J. Grondin & Son Funeral Home, 177 North Main Street, Rochester, NH. To sign the on-line guest book, please visit www.GrondinFuneralHome.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chaplain Emergency Relief Fund
P.O. Box 3448, Concord, NH 03302-3448; Veterans Count, Easter Seals New Hampshire
435 South Main Street Manchester, NH 03102