Posted On January 13th, 2012 -

December 29, 2011

David Dason Shinn 93, of Honolulu, was born and raised in San Francisco, attended Lowell High School, and graduated from San Francisco City College. There he excelled in basketball with his deadly outside set shot. He joined the Army to serve in WW II and was sent on a troop ship headed for the Philippines. However, upon landing in Hawaii, he was reassigned to Fort Shafter. Lucky for him, he not only fell in love with Hawaii, but with a local Korean gal, Mary Lee, his wife for 67 years.

Upon discharge, he joined the Honolulu Police Department. After a 25-year career, David retired as a Major in 1975. He enjoyed the excitement in the Narcotics/Vice and Detective Divisions and was recognized for his interrogation skills and polygraph work. Upon retirement from the HPD, David became the Security Chief for the then Westin Ilikai Hotel. After 10 years, he retired to a life of golfing at the Ala Wai, trips to Las Vegas and other exotic locations, and watching his grandchildren grow up.

He is survived by his wife, Mary L. Shinn, daughters Anita Galacia (Godfred) of Irvine, CA, and Carole Shinn and sons Gerald Shinn (Ginny) and Alan Shinn (Ember), six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. His daughter, Donna Shinn, recently passed away in October 2011.

A private family memorial service is planned and interment at the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran