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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel Fannin was killed Apr. 27 in a plane crash in Afghanistan.
by Matt Patterson Modified: May 13, 2013 at 9:50 pm •  Published: May 14, 2013

— 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.

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by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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