David I Draz

January 21, 1926October 24, 2013

David Ingram Draz, 87, of Atlantic Beach, FL died October 24, 2013. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on January 21, 1926 to Frances and Dorothy Draz and graduated from Northwestern University in 1946.

Upon graduation David was commissioned an Ensign and began a career in the United States Navy. Ensign Draz was sent to Newport, Rhode Island to the Navy’s General Line School. While there he met and married Barbara Frick of Pittsburgh, PA. Dave’s career included service on submarines and as a Naval Aviator. He is one of few to hold both Gold Dolphins and Wings of Gold. He completed his Naval Service with two assignments, Naval Attaché in Karachi, Pakistan and then as Chief of the Naval Section at C Command General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He retired as a Captain, USN and notable decorations include twice receiving the Legion of Merit and a Meritorious Unit Commendation for a Squadron he commanded.

Captain Draz is survived by his brother Richard Draz of San Diego, California, and his children, Katherine Hazelrigs of Cary, NC; Samantha Brantley of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL; David Draz, Jr. of Dayton, TX; and Melissa Weir of St. Augustine, FL; along with 5 grandchildren.

A celebration of Captain Draz’s life will be held at 10am on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Dr. Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082


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April 28, 2014

It was my privilege to serve under David Draz while stationed in Atsugi, Japan. Sincere condolences to the family of another exemplary seaman.
Patrick Thurston

Joseph Mooney

December 23, 2013

My Deepest sympathy to the family of David Draz. I had the pleasure of working with Dave after his retirement from the Navy. He was vibrant and fun to be around. He will definitely be missed. Thank you David for your exemplary service to our country.

Michelle Dabney

October 30, 2013

Please accept my sincerest condolences. My heart goes out to the family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Capt. Draz was a wonderful man.

Chaplain Ray Fritz

October 30, 2013

On behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans (USSVI), we offer our sincere condolences to Katherine, Samantha, David, Jr., and Melissa and all of Capt Draz's family and friends as you grieve his passing. May God whisper peace into your hearts and comfort and heal them. We are grateful for David's service to our country in the U.S. Submarine Service (and in the air). To our “Brother of the Dolphin” … "Sailor, rest your oar. We have the watch. May you rest in peace and may God bless your loved ones who remain. Thank you for your service to our country." -- Rev. Ray Fritz, National Chaplain United States Submarine Veterans, USSVI.

Gene Rutter

October 28, 2013

To the family of Davic Draz, from a fellow submariner.

Our sympathies are with all of you.

William Whelan

October 27, 2013

As chaplain of the U.S. Submariners of North Carolina, I take this means to extend condolences to CAPT Draz's family. Be assured that his oar is at rest. Chaplain Bill

October 27, 2013

I miss you Dad. Love Samantha