DANIEL B. BARTLE, CAPT, USMC
Captain Daniel B. Bartle, USMC, died on 19 January 2012 in a helicopter crash while serving our country in Afghanistan. He was 27 years old.
"Dan" was born on 9 April 1984 in Salinas, CA, to John and Sandra Bartle. He lived in Missoula, MT, before moving to Ferndale,WA, as a high school freshman. He graduated as valedictorian from Ferndale High School in 2002 with a 4.0 GPA.
Upon graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2006 with a B.S.in electrical engineering and a minor in Spanish, which he spoke fluently, he chose to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps. He earned numerous awards and medals including two Air Medals, a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and a National Defense Service Medal.
His strong work ethic, love of laughter, and humility made him adored and admired by all those who were fortunate enough to have known him. Dan enjoyed traveling, snowboarding, kite surfing, power lifting and listening to music.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Michael, in 1997. He is survived by his parents, John and Sandra Bartle; sister, Sheila and her husband, John Davis and their children,Ashley Kennedy and Collin Davis; brother, John and his wife, Anastasia Bartle and their children, Hannah, Emma, Sophia,Ava and Julia; Michael's sons, Bishop and Devon Bartle and their mother, Shelly Verwolf; and many loving family members and friends.
Services were held in Bellingham, WA, on 30 January 2012. SHIPMATE, March-April 2012