MIDWEST CITY — U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel Fannin was remembered Monday as a loving husband, a dedicated colleague and a generous man with an easy smile during a funeral service at Rose State College.
Fannin, 30, was killed, along with three fellow servicemen, in a plane crash April 27 at Kandahar, Afghanistan.
More than 1,700 colleagues, family and friends of Fannin packed the Rose State College Performing Arts Center for his funeral service.
In a slideshow, Fannin could be seen fishing as a child and curled up with his beloved dogs. Later pictures showed Fannin as a proud member of the Air Force, and the day he married his wife, Sonya.
While eulogizing her husband, Sonya Fannin recounted the day they met at a coffee shop in 2007, and later, how he greeted her with a dozen white roses on their first date.
“Without knowing it, he had presented me with my favorite flower,” she said. “I knew that day that I would marry him.”
Sonya Fannin said before asking her to marry him, he sold his beloved AR-15 rifle to help pay for her engagement ring.
“It's a big deal to sell your gun for a gal,” she said.
Sonya Fannin said that the day before he was killed, she and her husband had a Facebook conversation about salvation.View/sign the guest book