Daniel Patrick Foley, born Sept. 6,1933, in Denver, Colorado, passed away at 85 on Feb. 1 ,2019, after battling Parkinson’s for 5 years. He moved to San Diego County in 1940 with his parents, Donald Musselman Foley and Juanita McDermott, and older brother, Don Juan Foley (1929-2018).
Mr. Foley followed his brother’s lead by joining the Air Force in 1950, but was honorably discharged in 1951 after the doctors discovered a hearing impairment in his left ear. In 1952 he married JoAnn Lowman from Parker, Arizona. They had 5 children between 1953 and 1965, Daniel R. (1953-2013), Deborah (1954-), Dawn (1957-), Dewanda (1962-), and DeeAnn (1965-).
Mr. Foley worked as an apprentice carpenter, a craft his great-grandfather brought to the U.S. from Ireland, then worked for Pac Bell, SBC, and AT&T for 30-years until 1985, when he took “early retirement.” Among his last assignments were supervising the “cut-overs” from mechanical-switching to electronic-switching at the Encinitas and Fallbrook central offices (1974-1978), and maintaining towers on Palomar Mountain for “Mobile Radio Service” throughout San Diego County.
In 1973, after divorcing his first wife, he met Michaela Rayl Martin (1936-) of Solana Beach, and after dating for a year got married in December 1974. Michaela had 3 children by her previous marriage: Heather (1959-), Frank (1961-), and Laura (1967-). During their 44-years of marriage for income they ran a bookkeeping and computer consulting business. Dan served as a business manager at their church, NCPC, then worked at Kaypro Computers in Solana Beach and finally at Santa Fe Christian Schools, as business manager until he retired in 1996. He followed the tenets of the Christian faith, participated in and led Bible studies, and supported several Christian ministries.
Mr. Foley’s hobbies included raising pigeons, pet dogs, computers, hiking, and traveling by RV (2001–2013) with Michaela. Exercise and keeping in shape was a daily routine. He fulfilled a dream by learning to fly in 1977, and with a Wycliffe Missionary friend flew to Oregon to transport his daughter, Dewanda, back to San Diego.
He is survived by his wife, 4 of his 5 children: Deborah Cappellazo (Tom), Dawn Allmandinger (Don), Dewanda Vandermost (Jake), and DeeAnn Snyder (John), his 10 grandchildren: Nathan Foley (Louise), Jeramee Foley (Heidi), Jasmine Parks (Jason), Wendy Beaumont (Steve), Jennifer Norris (Cory), Angela Broward, Cory Wilcsek (Morgannah), Ryan Wilcsek (Christina), Calei Olmstead, and Jesse Snyder (Brittany) and 14 great grandchildren, as well as his wife’s 3 children, her 6 grandchildren, his niece – Christie Ohre (Jeff) of Oceanside, their daughters, Alexi and Tessa Ohre, and nephew, Sean Foley, of Los Angeles.