Dan DeCicco, 47, of Pasadena died peacefully in his home January 15, 2013 after a seven year battle with cancer.
Dan was born June 17th, 1965, in Washington D.C. to Dori and Dr. Benedict DeCicco. Dan was raised in Bowie, MD and graduated from Eleanor Roosevelt Science and Technology Center in 1983. He received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1987 and an MS in Electrical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University in 1998, where he also taught Master’s level courses.
Dan worked as an electrical engineer at Siemens from 1986 – 1989. He worked at the Ocean Systems Department of EG&G Services from 1989 to 1998, where he designed numerous data collection and telemetry systems. In 1998, Dan joined the John’s Hopkins Applied Physics Lab as a Senior Staff Electrical Engineer. Dan took particular pride in supplying the government with devices that were deployed in the counter-terrorism actions in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks. He continued to aid the counter-terror effort for the length of his career. The ingenuity, technical insight and entrepreneurial spark Dan provided led to the creation of a new technical Program- with Dan as leader- to continue to serve the U.S. Government with the services he had originated. Dan led the Program until July 2012 when he became the Chief Technical Officer for a branch of the U.S. Government. In this capacity he advised the Government on a wide range of approaches to solving advanced technical challenges.
Dan was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Severna Park, MD. He coached youth soccer for his three sons since the age of four, and was a Boy Scout Troop leader at St. John’s Troop 450. Dan loved boating, camping, and coaching youth sports. His hobby was spending time with his wife Kara, three sons Luca, Jakob and Liam, and many family and friends.
Dan was preceded in death by his infant son, Dominic Joseph DeCicco and his father, Dr. Benedict T. DeCicco. He’s survived by his wife, Kara DeCicco and his three sons, Luca, Jakob and Liam DeCicco, all of Pasadena, MD; his mother, Dori DeCicco of Millersville MD; his brothers, Richard T. DeCicco of Millersville MD, Michael P. DeCicco of Severna Park, MD, and Anthony R. DeCicco of Hanover, MD; and his sisters, Lauren A. Dowgiallo of Bowie, MD and Kathleen L. DeCicco-Skinner of Kensington, MD.
Family and friends may visit on Monday, January 21, 2013 from 4-7:00pm at Barranco & Sons, P.A. Severna Park Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, MD 21146. A Funeral Mass will be offered on Tuesday, January 22 at 11:00am at St. John The Evangelist Roman Catholic Church 689 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, MD 21146.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution can be sent to the Dan DeCicco Memorial Fund to Benefit his Children’s Education. Donations can be made through any Wells Fargo Bank. Please make checks payable to the Dan DeCicco Memorial Fund.
Online condolences may be made at www.barrancofuneralhome.com