Jerald Tarpley

Jerald Dan Tarpley

July 13, 1942 - August 22, 2019
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Jerald Dan Tarpley, Jr. "Dan," 77, of Alexandria, Virginia, passed away on August 22, 2019 surrounded by his family. He was born July, 1942, in Lubbock, Texas, to Dan and Moselle Tarpley. He married Hallie Beth Pierce "Poss," March 31, 1965. Dan is survived by his wife, Poss, of Alexandria, VA; two children, Sarah Tarpley of Reston, Virginia and Susannah Monteith of Alexandria, Virginia; brother Stephen Tarpley of Freeport, Maine; sons-in-law Joseph Cox of Reston, Virginia and Eric Monteith of Alexandria, Virginia; and grandchildren Ian and Isla Monteith of Alexandria, Virginia. Dan earned a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics at Texas Tech University followed by a PhD in Astrogeophysics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dan was the Chief of the Land Surfaces Branch of NOAA/NESDIS, for whom he worked for over three decades. He focused on using weather satellites to study the land surface for weather and climate applications before retiring in 2007. He enjoyed reading, playing bridge, canoeing, following the Washington Nationals, taking walks and participating in shooting competitions. His favorite pastime in retirement was time spent with his loving wife Poss and their grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 30, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 9801 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, Maryland 20744. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Holt International, at
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    Friday, August 30th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, August 30th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Johns Episcopal Church Broad Creek
    9801 Livingston Rd.
    Ft. Washington, MD
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    NOTICE: Floral Arrangements may be delivered directly to the Church on the day of service.
  • Interment

    St. Johns Episcopal Church Broad Creek
    9801 Livingston Rd.
    Ft. Washington, MD
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In memory of our wonderful neighbor Dan who did so much to build community and keep it green.
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