Don Richard Dacus

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Don Richard Dacus, 84, passed away peacefully in North Broward Hospital in Pompano Beach, FL, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, after a battle with cancer.  His brother Dale was at his side. 

Don was born Dec. 10, 1931 to Otto and Lucille Dacus in Memphis, Tenn.  The family moved to Bryson City, NC in the late 1940s and Don completed high school there.

After high school, Don graduated college at Western Carolina University in 1954 and then served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957.

After the military, Don completed graduate courses at North Carolina State University and played in the band.

Don worked his entire career as a civilian computer programmer for the USAF weather office in Asheville, NC, where he resided until his illness in late 2015.  He then moved to Florida to be with his brother.

Don pursued many hobbies.  He loved boating and owned a pontoon boat. He was an avid golfer and won some tournaments.  He enjoyed flying and owned a plane at one time.  He also flew model airplanes and helicopters.  He traveled extensively out west for several years in his motor home.  He often wintered along the Gulf Coast.

Don accepted Jesus as his Savior July 8, 2016.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and sister, Beverly Dacus Cunningham.

Don leaves to cherish his memory his brother, Dale Dacus (Debbie) of Lighthouse Point, Fla.; his beloved cousin, Ladye Jane Hilliard (Larry) of Easley, S.C.; and a loving friend, Jan Kidwell of Asheville.  He also leaves numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

There will be a graveside ceremony at the Bryson City Cemetery at a date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are recommended to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, support/

Condolences may be sent to Dale Dacus, 5110 NE 29th Ave, Lighthouse Point, FL 33064, or

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