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Danny Royce McMahan, 67, of St. Cloud, Fla., formerly of Benton, died Oct. 19 in hospice care in Orlando, Fla.
He was retired from the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority as a lieutenant aircraft rescue firefighter. He also was a firefighter at Kennedy Space Center and was a member of the astronaut rescue team for the Apollo 15 and 16 launches.
He served in the Air Force from 1962 to 1966, based in Guam. He was an avid antique car buff, serving as chairman of the 18th National Convention, Falcon Club of America and numerous regional meets of the Sun Coast Chapter of the Falcoa Club group. He also was a member of the Tennessee Valley Falcon Club..
He was proceeded in death by his parents, Oliver and Lucille McMahan; and his sister, Martha Evans.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Marilyn McMahan; two daughters, Kristi Prario and husband Ron and Krinda Loper and husband Bill; four grandchildren, Chaz and Cale Prario and Justin and Jessi Loper, all of St. Cloud.
He is also survived by three brothers, Ray Mcmahan and wife Elizabeth of Fort Smith, Ronny McMahan and wife Vicky and Bill MacMahan and wife Fairy, all of Benton; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at First Baptist Church in Orlando, Fla. Arrangements are by Neptune Society of Kissimmee, Fla.
Family comments: Danny was a good man who gave unconditional love to his family and friends. For the past five years Danny and Marilyn have enjoyed going to their cabin in the Smokey Mountains where their many friends from around the country liked to come and visit. It was Danny's wish that he could go to Tennessee this October to view the fall colors. Now his spirit will see them.