Daniel Joseph Dinan Jr.

April 15, 1931June 10, 2018

Daniel Joseph Dinan, Jr., was born April 15, 1931, in New York City and raised in Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn. He died June 10, 2018, in Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, CA, of congestive heart failure and myelodysplastic syndrome in the comforting arms of his family. He was a young 87 years. Both his parents, Daniel Dinan, Sr., and Annie O’Sullivan, were immigrants from County Cork, Ireland, in the 1920’s. Dan attended a number of parochial schools in New York, did his undergraduate work at St. John’s University, BBA in 1952 and graduate work at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champagne. He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War from 1952 until 1954 and afterwards held positions in advertising and marketing on Madison Avenue. He was a special agent for the Office of Naval Intelligence in Baltimore and Norfolk. His final position with the Department of Defense, the International Director of Defense Investigative Service, was with the NATO international organization in Brussels, Belgium and Heidelberg, Germany. After retirement from the Defense Department, Dan held positions with General Dynamics and Raytheon companies in San Diego, CA. During retirement, Dan was active in UCSD’s OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute where he held a variety of positions, including President, and lectured on a variety of subjects. He was known throughout San Diego as a conductor of Current Events’ programs at a variety of senior citizen retirement communities. Dan was a progressive Catholic who took great joy in the promise of Pope John XXIII’s Vatican II and was disappointed when that call to renewal did not reach fulfillment. He played a supporting role in the founding of a progressive church in San Diego, CA, Mary Magdalene Apostle Catholic Community, headed up by one of the first female Roman Catholic priests in the United States.

Dan and his wife, Donna celebrated 57 years of marriage in November, 2017. They raised 4 children, Anne Dinan Mallon, Danny Dinan, III, Thomas Patrick Dinan, and Karin Dinan Dolan in Arlington, VA, Bowie, MD, Brussels, BE and San Diego, CA. During Dan’s family raising in Bowie, he was active in politics, coaching youth sports and church activities. He headed the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine school at St. Pius X, one of the largest church educational endeavors in the country at the time.

Surviving him, including his wife and four children, are nine beautiful grandchildren: Shamus, Colin and Daniel Mallon; Brendan, Molly and Annie Dolan; Liam, Emily and Emma Grace Dinan. Also, two sons-in-law, Michael Mallon and Matthew Dolan, Tom’s partner Thao Le, two sisters, Cathleen Dinan Mahon and Mary Dinan Shear, and brother, Brendan Dinan.

Among his friends and associates, Dan was well known as a humorist provocateur who initiated controversy wherever he went. He will be missed. His professional Irish humor, wit and insight, and the fact that he never let the truth stand in the way of a good story will be remembered.

A special family viewing took place June 12 at El Camino Memorial Park-Sorrento Valley. His ashes will be interred at a half-hour Committal Ceremony, Miramar National Cemetery, 5995 Nobel Drive, San Diego, 92122, Monday, July 9, 2018, 11:00 a.m. sharp, and directly followed with buffet luncheon and “the sharing of stories” from 12:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Sheraton La Jolla, 3299 Holiday Court, San Diego, 92037. All are welcome.


  • Donna Dinan, Wife


  • Graveside Service Military Honors Monday, July 9, 2018

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