Duke Dent
(1940 - 2016)

Duke Dent

December 26, 1940

August 31, 2016

Flying, boating, skiing, fishing, amateur radio, volunteering at the weather service, spending time with family and friends
Loving grandfather, incredibly supportive and fun dad, loyal husband, accomplished pilot, serious boater, enthusiastic fisherman, Navy veteran, excellent skier, avid HAM radio operator, true friend, burgeoning DJ, world traveler, and true lover of life, Duke Dent will be remembered fondly by so many. We created this memorial page so that those who knew and loved him can share their memories. We have received so many heartwarming personal messages, and we want this page to be a place where people celebrate his life and share those memories with others, too.

My sweet father passed away on August 31, 2016 after a tragic fall in Roanoke, VA. He suffered a severe brain injury that required emergency surgery. He remained in a coma for several days before passing.

We will have a memorial to celebrate his life on Saturday, September 10th. Please contact the family directly for more information if you would like to attend. He will be given full military honors and laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery (date to be confirmed at a later time).

He is loved and cherished by so many around the world. We love you, Dad. You will forever live on in our hearts. One day we look forward to hopping aboard that 747 you are flying around heaven.

Love, Loren (daughter)

One of the most difficult things for me to do is write about my brother, Duke Dent. There are so many things I could say, but will try not to be terribly lengthy. We were both born and grew up in Miami, Florida, living close to the airport because of my father’s job with Pan American. From the time I was little, he was a constant tease. As we got a little older, I remember how interested he was in anything that moved, particularly planes. He even built model airplanes that he could fly by using something like a remote. When they crashed, he was disappointed, but would build another one. When watching real planes take off from Miami International Airport, he was able to name everything about each plane and how it varied from other ones.

Becoming a pilot was a strong desire and burgeoning endeavor, attending the Univ. of Florida for two years and being accepted into the Navy at Milton Field near Pensacola. He got his wings there and moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, ultimately completing the last three years in Alameda, CA. When he left the Navy, he was a full lieutenant, qualified in multi-engine. Upon leaving the Navy, he became a co-pilot with National Airlines, moving into the captain position in a short time. Initially, he lived in Miami and flew from that location. He even dated some of my friends from high school/college days. When returning from the Navy at 26 years old, my 21-year old friends looked pretty good to him. Shortly thereafter, he met and married Jodi Hinely, who also worked for National/Pan Am and shared his love of travel.

He later moved to Jacksonville, FL to be near Jodi’s parents and flew from there to other cities in order to remain captain. National merged with Pan American and Pan Am dissolved. Some pilots were employed by domestic airlines, but Duke became a captain with Singapore Airlines and lived there with his family for several years, retiring at 60 years of age. He was always serious about his flying and doing the right thing to keep his passengers safe. Following his retirement, he became an employee of the FAA for several years near Dulles Airport, where his family lived.

I also remember when my daughter, Christy, was about seven, that National Airlines was on strike and he had bought a motorcycle and drove on the Blue Ridge Parkway to see me in Roanoke. Christy was excited to be able to ride on the back of the motorcycle with Uncle Duke. He was always trying new things and loved the “toys,” from a small boy to a “big boy.” When he had grandchildren and toys were given to them, he was always excited to help them. There wasn’t anything he didn’t try in his life, providing many experiences for his family, which included traveling to many places with concomitant adventures. His children, Loren and Parker, attended the American School in Singapore for several years, which hold a distinct memory for them.

Duke and I became much closer when we both lived in Virginia attending significant events his life and his children’s lives. For this opportunity, I was grateful. To say that flying was his life is an understatement. While his death was tragic, his rebirth was envisioned in a double rainbow after a torrential downpour with dark clouds. It was God’s sign that he was giving us the last hurrah. I will miss you, Duke.

Your sister,
Deedie Dent Kagey

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Guest Book (44 entries)
Always a gentleman to fly with. I flew many trips with Duke on the 727 at NAL,
and the 747 at PAA as his F/E. He was the kind of person that made our job
So great. "Duke" gone way too soon.
God Bless You.
Ralph Manley (Friend )
May 22nd, 2017
Duke was a wonderful and laid back Captain. It was always a pleasure for me as a co-pilot and Training Captain to get paired with him. He was truly a professional, and always had a smile on his face. He was patient, kind, and professional, and a great human being and leader. We will miss him dearly!
Scott McEvoy (Friend)
May 22nd, 2017
Jodi and family,
Duke was a great friend, always professional and willing to help anyone. He will be greatly missed, but remembered with great fondness. God speed Duke/AF4R
George Blosser (NAL, Pan Am, Delta)
May 17th, 2017
Duke was a classy gentleman and treated his fellow crew members with respect and loyalty. He was always fun but you always knew his job came first. Sincere condolences to Jodi and the family. What an honor it was to know him and fly with him. God grant everlasting peace to Captain Duke Dent.
Jacki Elson Cook (Fellow crew member (f/a))
May 14th, 2017
Always enjoyed flying and working with Duke.A fine person and pilot. May he RIP.
Fred Hill (National Airlines )
May 13th, 2017
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"I will miss my buddy of many years. I was hired by NAL in 59. Duke was one of everyone's favorite people. Always kind, thoughtful, one of a kind. I am saddened but my memories are forever. Much love to you all, Ava Fulghum"
Ava Fulghum
September 4th, 2016
"Our love and prayers are with all of you!!! So glad we had the pleasure to spend time with Duke and shared a love of his grandsons Merrick and Kai!! He was a very loved man and he loved back. It showed clearly with all of you!!! Sending our prayers!"
Kim Martin
September 3rd, 2016


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