Daniel Franklin "Dan" Myrta, 66, a resident of Gambrills and Annapolis, Md., passed away on July 6, 2017, at Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Dan was born in New Castle, Pa., and received a degree in Electronics Technology from the Penn Technical Institute in Pittsburgh. After receiving his degree, he worked at the National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Md., for 10 years and then worked for 20 years at MCI Telecommunications in Washington, D.C. He later joined Lockheed Martin, where he worked for 15 years before retiring on disability.
Dan fought a courageous 10-year battle with cancer having it return four times. His positive attitude and sheer determination enabled him to survive the odds.
Dan is survived by his sister Gayle Myrta, of Annapolis, with whom he made his home during his illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Stella Tomon Myrta, and a brother Terrence Alan Myrta.
Dan had friends around the country resulting from his many hobbies and interests. He was a private pilot for years (DeltaFoxtrotMike) until his illness forced him to sell his airplane. He was an avid fan of Formula One racing, attending races in Montreal, Australia and England. He also enjoyed NASCAR and attended the Daytona 500 for over 25 years, in addition to races in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and throughout the East Coast. He enjoyed deer hunting in northwestern Pennsylvania and elk hunting in Colorado, Montana and Idaho.
A celebration of life will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Annapolis Moose Lodge, 1890 Crownsville Road, Annapolis.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations may be sent to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, N.Y. www.mskcc.org.
Published on July 19, 2017