Daniel Anthony Dugan

January 5, 1951 ~ October 5, 2021 (age 70)


Owings, MD -  Daniel Anthony Dugan, 70, died peacefully after a two year battle with ALS on Tuesday October 5, 2021 at his home with his devoted wife Debbie of 47 years at his side. He was born on January 5, 1951 in Morann, PA, the son of Gertrude Bridget Magensky and Haney Peter Dugan.

After graduating from Moshannon Valley High School in 1968 he began his career with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, first as a patrol officer, then acting sergeant in the 2nd District.  He later transferred to the canine division while training alongside his canine partner, Max33, where he remained until his retirement in 1996.

Dan was a US Army Reserve Veteran having served from December 1970 to May 1976.  During his service he received the Rifle Sharpshooter Badge award.

Dan found quiet time in the outdoors, fishing and deer hunting, and catching up with his boyhood friends at the Morann Citizens Club, of which he was an honorary member.

He especially enjoyed his summer vacations at Deep Creek Lake in Maryland with his children and grandchildren.  He and Debbie had the opportunity to enjoy many travels and adventures together.

Dan is survived by his wife Debbie (Downing), their three daughters, Shannon Dugan-Laird (John); Jennifer Dugan- Pollack (Matt); and Katie Dugan- Canon (Chris); his grandchildren, Savannah and Jack Laird; Brynn, Kinley, Piper, and Cace Pollack; his brothers, Lawrence (Sandy), Michael (Connie), Mark (Vicki), and Matthew (Catherine); his sisters, Kathleen Dugan, Teresa Dugan, Linda Kitko (Larry), Patricia Dugan Barber (Gary), sister-in-law Sylvia (Solensky) Dugan, many nieces and nephews, and his Downing family.

Dan is predeceased by his parents, brothers Paul and John, and infant sister Janeen; paternal grandparents Patrick and Mary (Haney) Dugan and maternal grandparents Ludwig and Anna (Bezilla) Magensky.

Family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday October 16, 2021 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at Birger A. Freeberg Funeral Home Inc., Houtzdale, PA with a gathering of family and friends to follow at the Morann Citizens Club from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation to a favorite charity.

Danny was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and loyal friend who will be sadly missed and forever loved.

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October 16, 2021

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Birger A. Freeberg Funeral Home Inc.
200 David Street
Houtzdale, PA 16651

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