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John W. Datz
  • April 13, 1938
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  • June 28, 2022

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It is with profound sadness that the family of John Woodrow Datz announce his peaceful passing on June 28th at the age of 84 years. John was serenely surrounded by his family at home, including his wife of 60 years, Frances Datz. John is survived by his five children, Christine, Elisa, Jon, Denise and Geralyn, and his five grandchildren, Leigh Ann, Lilly, Rose, Cortez and Jakson.

John was a decorated veteran, served in the Army in Viet Nam and was a recipient of a Purple Heart. He volunteered at the VA for many years and helped other disabled veterans. He retired from Grumman Aerospace in Bethpage, NY. John was a native of Long Island and was a long-time resident of Centerport, NY and moved to Orlando in 2008.

Known for his sense of humor, John lived life fully, every day, in spite of health issues and often encouraged others to do the same. He was a bright, inquisitive and compassionate man who made friends easily and made everyone feel special. He gave freely of his time and supported multiple causes, both community and spiritually based.

John loved running, backpacking and beer making. He was an excellent gardener and loved the outdoors. He and his wife, Frances, traveled extensively including to Russia, Iceland, Alaska and Hungary. He enjoyed spending time with family and was loved and respected by many.

A memorial service will be held in the near future with family and dear friends.

Memorial Donations can be made to Disabled American Veterans (dav.org) in lieu of flowers. Donations can also be mailed in his name to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.


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  1. Karen Larson lit a candle:
    19 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 19, 2022 at 7:13:34 AM

  2. Karen Larson lit a candle:
    19 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 19, 2022 at 7:12:57 AM

  3. Karen Larson says:
    19 Jul 2022
    The handsome & dapper John Datz, was oft seen on his runs around Baldwin Park wearing his trademark headband, making it "look" easy, in spite of the frequently inclement weather. This is one of my favorite ways to remember you John, as strong and determined. Another great memory is associated with our joint tenures as Secretary and Treasurer of the Baldwin Park Investment Club. As treasurer, you mentored me with some very sound advice, that today still serves as a reminder of your competence. I am very grateful for the grace, kindness, friendship, and service to our nation that you bestowed upon me, our friends and neighbors. The photo is a wonderful likeness. You deserve to Rest In Peace my friend!

  4. Amy Shore says:
    04 Jul 2022
    When I think of you, Mr. D, the first memory that floods my mind is this: It was my wedding day circa 1996. There wasn't really a dance floor as it was an outdoor wedding but there was a lovely 4-piece band playing *real* dance music (big band era). You asked me to dance and while I couldn't say no (why would I ever say "no" to you about anything?), I did warn you that I am a bit of a clumsy dancer because I don't know how not to lead. You said, "Okay. Let's give it a try." And just before we took our first step, you said, "Trust me."

    That dance was the one time in my entire life that I felt effortless on the dance floor. It was like some fantasy movie where I was floating and turning and feeling the rhythm of the music fill my body.

    That day you gave me two gifts: A beautiful sensory memory that I will have for the rest of my life and the ability to trust those with an honest, loving and true heart.

    All my love to you on your journey to heaven.

  5. Annika says:
    03 Jul 2022
    Forever the gentle man. A true gentleman. And a wonderful neighbor.

  6. LB Bell lit a candle:
    02 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 2, 2022 at 7:27:02 PM

  7. Geralyn Datz lit a candle:
    02 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 2, 2022 at 7:18:36 PM

  8. Geralyn Datz lit a candle:
    02 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 2, 2022 at 7:17:50 PM

  9. Richard S Helmadollar lit a candle:
    02 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 2, 2022 at 7:17:05 PM

  10. Richard S Helmadollar says:
    02 Jul 2022
    Really good man and I don’t think I had the chance to really get to be friends with you,my neighbor for years , I really enjoyed the funny but brief encounters with you and Francis walking the dogs in the morning always smiling ! Finally getting the chance to rest and you’ll be remembered by all who knew and loved ya ! My heart and prayers are with Francis and family … For me energy doesn’t die it only changes form so I’m sure you’re still all around us in everything! Ricky Helmadollar

  11. Peter O’Neill says:
    02 Jul 2022
    John,
    You and Gene were like older brothers to me. I learned how to be a better husband , father and overall person from spending time with you. Thank you for your constant example of how to love family, and care for and respect others. I was blessed to have you in my life and am a better person for it. You are missed already.

  12. Geralyn Datz says:
    01 Jul 2022
    Dad - You are the best model of a father that anyone could ask for. You worked hard, loved deeply, and had the best sense of humor. You lead by example in your kindness, compassion, and charitable nature. I will miss you terribly. Thank you for all that you taught me.

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