Dan Boone died peacefully at home on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. He was born in Houston and raised in Beasley, TX, by parents James L. Boone, Sr., and Mora Waddell Boone, both educators. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother James L. Boone, Jr., and his granddaughter Leigh Bess Boone, as well as his first wife Margaret Benbow Boone. He is survived by his wife, Alice Pillsbury Boone, and four children Evelyn and Carl Bray, Keith Boone, Tom and Jody Boone, and Bob and Janet Boone. He is also survived by ten grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
An ardent Texas Aggie, class of ’46, Dan was editor of the student newspaper, The Battalion. He spearheaded a campaign to make Reveille I a four-star general and commissioned pastel and oil portraits of her, which are now hanging in the Corps of Cadets Museum. He also raised money to have a special coffin made when Reveille died and arranged for the burial.
Dan enlisted in the Army, trained at Fort Lewis, Washington, and was assigned to the SS Sea Devil, an army transport ship. He made six overseas trips transporting Japanese prisoners of war of Yokohama and German Prisoners to Liverpool and La Havre, bringing our military back on the return trips.
After the war, he opened his own insurance agency and was active in his community and church. As a Kiwanian, Dan founded thirty-eight chapters in Texas and Oklahoma and served in a number of executive capacities.
A lifelong Methodist, he was always active in his church and served as Dean of Continuing Education. He is a member of First Methodist Church Westchase and the Adult Bible Hour class.
Dan will be buried in Bryan City Cemetery next to Margaret and members of his family. A graveside service will be held at 2pm Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the Bryan City Cemetery in Bryan, Texas. Funeral services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Center in Bryan, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, Dan would appreciate remembrances be sent in his name to Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030.