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David Jeffrey Britten


David Jeffrey Britten of Orange Park, Florida Dave passed peacefully on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2024, surrounded by his loving wife and girls.
Born April 30, 1941, to Ruth & Arthur Britten in New Jersey, Dave grew up in the tri-state area. Summers on his grandparent's Vermont farm brought fond memories including the time the Model-T Ford caught on fire while he was driving it!
Dave married Janet Norton-Taylor on January 25, 1964. The couple had just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Dave retired from the US Navy after 23 years of service with the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He traveled all over the world with the Navy, and Dave and Janet were even sent to Newfoundland, Canada and lived there in their early years of marriage. The Navy brought the Britten Family to Orange Park, 50 years ago, where they planted their roots. Dave said the Navy treated him well; he loved flying, being a part of anti-submarine missions, and enjoyed seeing the world wherever his Navy travels took him. After retirement from serving our country, he went on to work for the Florida Department of Revenue. He liked numbers which is evident by the numerous filled-up sudoku books, a favorite pastime.
After retiring from the state, Dave spent years volunteering at The Orange Park Clothes Closet & Food Pantry. He loved to garden and at one point had nine vegetables and three fruits in rotation in his backyard. Dave & Janet traveled the world in their later years going to Hawai'i, Alaska, and National Parks throughout the Continental US, the Caribbean, and the Baltic Sea and Eastern Europe. Dave & Janet spent almost 3 decades active in the square dance community of both Michigan and Florida. They danced with The Silver Fox Club of Jacksonville.
Dave leaves behind a legacy he and Janet created. Daughters Nancy, Debbie (Jim) Lineberry, & Shari (Simon) Robb. Granddaughter Sandy (Tom) Deniz and grandsons Drew (Kayleigh) Petry, Jacob (Tori) Robb, Austin Robb, and Trevor Robb. Step-granddaughters Shannon (Mark) Schmidt & Heather (Jason) Hunnicutt. The generations grew with the addition of 6 Great-Grandchildren; Bailey, Brie, & Bennett Deniz and Grace & Eleanor Petry and Avery Hunnicutt. He is also survived by his brothers Bill (Sarah) Britten & Mark (Paula) Britten. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Anne Emme.
Memorial services will be held at Highpoint Community Church led by Pastor Mike Hailey on Saturday, May 18th at 11:00. The family requests that non-perishable food items be brought to the service for donation to The Orange Park Clothes Closet & Food Pantry in Dave's honor.
In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be made in Dave's honor to High Point Community Church of Orange Park.
Matthew 25:23 "His Lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord.'"