Sgt Daniel Gurr
21, of Vernal, Utah; assigned to 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), Okinawa, Japan; died Aug. 5 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.
From The Vernal Express 8/9/2011
Sgt. Daniel David Gurr USMC was taken back to the loving arms of his Heavenly Father on Aug. 5, 2011. He was killed while defending his country in Afghanistan.
Daniel was born March 17, 1990 to David and Tracy Gurr. He was the second of four children. Daniel graduated from Uintah High School in 2008 where served as a member of his Junior Class Presidency. He participated in football, was the captain of his soccer team and was named as an All American. During his senior year he joined the Marine Corps which had been his lifelong ambition.
Daniel was full of life! His smile would brighten any room that he walked into, he brought joy to everyone he met. Anything that he did was done with all the energy and enthusiasm he had. Daniel enjoyed doing most anything, camping, hunting, fishing, riding four-wheelers and snowboarding, but most of all he enjoyed stirring up excitement while hanging out with family and friends.
Daniel had always wanted to be a Marine. He wanted to be the best and poured his heart and soul into his career. His great-grandfather AA (Mac) McCarrel was a veteran of World War II who had fought in the South Pacific was Daniel’s hero and Daniel was Mac’s. He was very proud of him. Daniel is and always will be our hero! He will greatly missed by all who knew him.
Daniel is survived by his mother, Tracy Beede; father, David (Dana) Gurr; sisters, Ashley (Shane) Mecham; and Caitlyn Gurr; brother, Austin Gurr; and nephew, Karsyn Gurr; numerous step brothers and step sister; maternal grandparents, Georgia and Mike Vander Linden (Vernal); Dean and Connie Abplanalp (Florida); paternal grandparents, Gen and Janet Gurr (Vernal); many great-grandparents; aunts; uncles and cousins; his high school sweetheart Stephanie Sabin; and his Marine brothers in 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. Daniel was proceeded in death by his great grandparents AA (Mac) and Adoree McCarrel and great-grandfather Earl Gurr.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday Aug. 13 at 11 a.m. at the new Glines Stake Center on the corner of Main and Aggie Blvd. A viewing will be held at the Stake Center Friday Aug. 12 from 5-8 p.m. and one hour prior to services on Aug. 13.
Burial will be at the Vernal Memorial Park immediately following the services with full military honors. In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to the Daniel Gurr Fund set up at Zions Bank, proceeds will be used to make care packages for the troops serving in Afghanistan.
Services have been intrusted in the care of Blackburn Vernal Mortuary