Murphy Funeral Homes

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Daniel Kenneth Acton

4 October , 196327 May , 2019

Daniel Kenneth Acton – Age 55 of McLean, Virginia, passed away after a long-term illness on May 27, 2019. Dan was born on October 4, 1963 in Redondo Beach, California to the late Richard L. Acton and Kathleen A. Acton (née Reilly). He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and an MBA from California State University, Fullerton. Dan met his wife and partner in crime, Mary, soon after moving from California to Virginia for a “dream” job at the Central Intelligence Agency. Dan and Mary married in 1989 and together raised three wonderful children, dragging them on adventures around the world!

Dan’s Agency career spanned 27 years including three tours in foreign countries where he developed his great love for travel and languages. He spent the latter part of his career serving in multiple senior executive positions across the Intelligence Community. Following his retirement from Federal service in December 2014, he migrated to the private sector, accepting a position at BAE Systems where he served as Senior Vice President for Intelligence & Strategy. His passions included: travel, an ongoing quest for the best strawberry gelato and cherry danish, jet-skiing with his dog, Trixie, at the Lake Anna family home, and tackling endless DIY projects, often involving duct tape. His greatest passion though was spending time with his large family, who affectionately referred to him as “Uncle Danger.” He will be most missed for his one of a kind sense of humor, intellectual curiosity, and his amazing advice.

Dan is survived by his loving wife of almost 30 years (Mary Acton née Lenze); children Nicolas, Kaitlin, and Jacob Acton; his siblings Charles (m. Sandra Vaughan), Matthew (m. Lindsey Smeets), Liz (m. Eric Groll), and Amy (m. John Gilbody); his father-in-law Hilary Lenze; his siblings-in-law Andrew and Eric Lenze (m. Shannon Riley); and his nieces and nephews: Marie, Leah, Justin, Jackie, Allie, Katie, Reilly, Annie, Teo, James, Lily, Jack and Rhys. Dan was extraordinarily fortunate to have had an incredible circle of close friends and extended family who will miss him dearly.

There will be a memorial service and reception for Daniel on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 11:30am at St. Luke Catholic Church – 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22101. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html


  • Memorial Funeral Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, 1 June , 2019


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Justin Dunie

13 August 2019

Wow- I just found out that Dan passed away - I will always remember his fantastic sense of humor including stories of him when he was younger diving a Mustang convertible with long hair! What a fantastic individual Dan was as he also had a smile and something kind to say. My deepest condolences to the family.

Charles Jensen

5 June 2019

Please accept my sympathy and condolences on the passing of Dan. My thoughts and prayers are with him, Mary and his family.

Bonnie Stith

31 May 2019

My most profound sympathies to Mary and all of Dan's family. Dan was one of the most generous people I ever knew in terms of sharing his knowledge and contacts with others. I first met Dan sitting by a pool in Miami, and I can say it was a lucky day for me. Several years later when I started my own retirement planning, Dan was one of the first people to reach out me with lots of advice, names, and guidance. I am most appreciative of having had the opportunity to know Dan and was so sad to hear of his passing.

Oliver Garza

29 May 2019

Dan and Mary Acton were essential players during a very critical and often dangerous period while assigned to the US Embassy in Bogota, Colombia. Dan and Mary served, suffered, partied, played and endured - along with their growing family - during those hard times. The Actons were an essential part of the social and professional fabric of the Embassy Mission. Dan served with distinction, contributed greatly to the US Mission's success and will always be remembered - fondly. May he Rest in Peace and our heartfelt condolences go out to Mary and their Children.

Ambassador Oliver P. Garza (ret) & Yolanda

Regina Stevenson

29 May 2019

The Stevenson Family was very sorry to hear of Dan's passing. Have the greatest memories of Dan and family from scouting adventures with Troop 652. Will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

Kayla Marsh

28 May 2019

I’ll remember Dacton as the funny and charming man that he was. He would jokingly call me Kesha every summer and of course I let him, it got giggles every time. He’d always ask me about my life and hear what I had to say even when he was swarmed with nieces and nephews and his own family. He’s left behind such a special legacy of a family. I love you Acton fam❤️🌹. Here for you always, just like you were there for me.