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Daniel “Dan” Adams, 70, died August 22, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo., after a brief battle with cancer. He was born May 18, 1943, in Kansas City, Kan. (KCK), to Howard and Doris Adams.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife Heidi Adams, of Sarasota, Fla.; and sons Daniel Adams, of Boston, Mass., Nick Adams of New York, N.Y.; sister Phyllis Nason (Corky) of Lake Quivira, Kan.; niece Corey Reese (Jeff) of Brentwood, Tenn; and nephew Todd Nason (Lisa) of Prairie Village, Kan.
Dan grew up in KCK and excelled in youth baseball. He graduated from Washington High School in 1961, where he served as the president of his class. He briefly attended the University of Kansas and later transferred to Kansas State University and earned a degree in Physical Science. After graduating from K-State in 1966, he served in the U.S. Navy as an A-7 pilot, flying missions over Vietnam. He was a highly decorated Navy pilot and continued to fly in civilian life, starting as a commercial pilot with National Airlines and later with Pan American World Airlines and United Airlines. Dan was proud to fly DC-10s and 747s internationally. He concluded his 35-year career with Air Atlantic, flying extensively in the Middle East.
Dan was an optimist who had a zest for living. He had an easy and robust laugh and was always fun to be around. Dan was an accomplished pianist and later in life developed a passion for singing in the church choir. The simple things in life gave him great joy. He cherished his family and delighted in watching his sons play soccer, ice hockey, baseball and football. He enjoyed cooking, gatherings with friends and family, and dogs, especially Emmett, the family’s black lab. He loved the water and the freedom and exhilaration of sailing. His passion was sailing a Tartan 41. In his travels, he developed friendships around the world and an appreciation and acceptance for all types of people, ideas and food. He treasured the time he spent living in KCK, Coconut Grove, Fla., and Cape Cod, Mass., slalom skiing with family on Kezer Lake in Maine, as well as visits to Rio De Janeiro and Buenos Aires.
Since returning to the Kansas City area in 2010, Dan volunteered at a community food pantry and was active in Hillcrest Covenant Church. He gave his life to Christ and was baptized in 2012. He often spoke of his appreciation for God’s grace and what a difference knowing Christ meant in his life. He is at peace now in his eternal home.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, August 26, at 2 p.m. at Hillcrest Covenant Church in Prairie Village, Kan.