Dana Millington Southwood
1957 - 2019
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Dana Millington Southwood, 22-year resident of Manhattan Beach and 39-year resident of the South Bay, passed away at the Little Company of Mary Hospital on August 23, 2019.

Born September 30, 1957 in New York City, Dana soon moved with parents Eric and Elizabeth Southwood to Redwood City, California, where he grew up and attended Menlo School. Dana went on to attend Stanford University, where he was a member of the musician-filled Theta Xi Fraternity and played a season on the Varsity soccer team. Dana graduated from Stanford in 1980, earning a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Aeronautical & Astronomical Engineering with an emphasis on Satellite Systems and Controls.

After graduating, Dana accepted a position at Northrop Grumman, formerly TRW, in Redondo Beach where he would spend his entire 39-year career and hold a variety of roles as both an engineer and manager. Most recently, Dana was responsible for the management of program risk, opportunity and baseline for the James Webb Space Telescope (Scheduled to launch in 2020, the JWST will allow us to observe further into space and, concomitantly, further back in time than ever before).

During his early years in the South Bay, Dana met the love of his life, Donna, with whom he would spend 33 wonderful years and raise three children. Dana was an avid guitarist and spent much of his spare time playing and listening to music. In addition to music, Dana loved playing and watching soccer and baseball, reading, bike rides, and traveling. Above all else, he cherished spending time with his wife and kids.

Dana, known by all for his loving, humble and respectful manner, his vast intellect, and quick wit, is survived by his wife, Donna; his children, Rob, Victoria and Grant; his grandchildren, Violet and Lincoln; his brothers, Colin and Blake; his sister, Caitlin; his mother-in-law, Gail; his brother-in-law, Wyn; his nieces, Tenly and Teegan; his nephews, Nathan and Daniel; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends that will cherish his memory.

A celebration of Dana's life will be held on Sunday, September 22nd at 2:00pm at the Neptunian Woman's Club in Manhattan Beach, 920 Highland Avenue. For those planning to attend, please consider using rideshare services, and note that public parking is available at the Metlox, 451 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Limited valet service will be available free of cost at the entrance to the Neptunian Woman's Club.

Dana and his band played at the Neptunian Woman's Club years ago in front of a (surely) full crowd, including his loving wife, Donna. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to The Daniel Pearl Foundation or the Rex Foundation in Dana's honor.

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Published in The Beach Reporter on Sep. 12, 2019.
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September 21, 2019
No words can describe how sorry I am for your loss. I hope you feel surrounded by love.
maria emmetti
September 20, 2019
Sending our sincere condolences to the family. We knew how Dana loved Victoria and Grant from the way they loved him back. We have such good memories of nursery school events with all of you. While we will be in Zion that weekend we will hold you in our hearts as his life is celebrated.Carol, Kate and Stephen Tatsumi
Carol Tatsumi
September 18, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
September 17, 2019
Sincere condolences to the Southwood family. Dana was one of the best engineers and technical resources I worked with at TRW/NGC. He made many key contributions to our space programs and was an outstanding human being. He will be missed by all who knew and learned from him. R.I.P. Dana.
Dick Croxall
September 14, 2019
I knew Dana as a quiet man, so rare today in this time of bluster and noise. He never seemed the sort of man that needed attention, recognition, to be center stage. Instead, when I listened closely and calmly, I was treated to conversation imbued with humor, wit, broad and deep knowledge and overarching kindness. I knew Dana as the person I thought had figured the important stuff out. You Just had to love your spouse and kids on a subatomic level, with everything you are or will be. I will truly miss this exceptionally good man.
Sheila Hartley
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