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Kevin Towns

Kevin Howard Towns

Thursday, January 23rd, 1958 - Thursday, October 1st, 2020
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Kevin H. Towns, a devoted family man and avid sports fan who had a 40-year career with the U.S. Department of Navy, died peacefully on October 1, 2020, surrounded by his family in Annandale, VA. He was 62 years old.

Kevin was born in San Francisco in 1958 and attended Jefferson School before graduating from Tracy High School in 1975. Kevin comes from a golfing family and was a four-year member of the Tracy High golf team, winning the Golfer of the Year award his senior year. Following undergraduate education at San Joaquin Delta College, San Jose State University and the University of Nevada, Reno, he enlisted in the Navy for an eight-year stint. He served as a Navy nuclear power technician, operating the nuclear reactor on the USS Guardfish (SSN-612), a nuclear submarine that patrolled waters in the Pacific. His final two years in the Navy were spent at Holy Loch, Scotland.

Following his military service as a sailor, Kevin continued to serve the submarine fleet and his country as a civilian at Naval Sea Systems Underseas Warfare (SEA 07 PMS 392) at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. In his most recent position, he was responsible for the life cycle support and readiness of Navy’s fleet of in-service strategic/attack submarines. He was a tireless advocate for the safety of sailors and the soundness and strength of the fleet. He was a true patriot and a faithful colleague.

Kevin met the love of his life, Linda, in Vallejo, CA in 1983 and they were married in 1985. They raised their two children, Chelsea and Winston, in the suburbs of Maryland and Virginia that surround Washington, D.C. Kevin loved to go to baseball games, especially when the Giants were playing the Nationals, play Keno, play golf and spend time with this family. He was as dedicated to his family as a husband and father could be and the strength of those family ties allowed them to withstand Kevin’s battle with cancer.

Kevin is survived by his wife, Linda, of Annandale, VA; daughter Chelsea Towns; son and daughter-in law Winston and Julie Towns; parents Kenneth and Daphne Towns; brothers Scott Towns and John Towns; sister Leslie Towns Navarra, sisters-in-law Janie Towns and Marcy Towns; brother-in-law Peter Navarra; nieces and nephews Andrew Navarra, Jack Navarra, Meg Kreulen, Elyse DiMaso, Leah Towns, Molly Towns and James Towns; and his best friend and his wife, Jim and Wendi Darr. His niece Katie Navarra preceded him in death.

Kevin was a great storyteller, loyal friend and wonderful man. He had a keen interest in people and world events, and his family and friends were drawn in by his perspectives, exceptional intelligence, and keen wit. He brought an indescribable spark to every encounter that cannot be replaced. A memorial service is planned for the future. Please remember Kevin by hoisting a beer, drinking a martini (extra olives), playing a Keno ticket, and sharing a story about him.
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Alex White

Posted at 08:37am
Kevin was an amazing, fun guy to be around. I had some great chicken wings and beer in his honor yesterday :). Thinking of you all.
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Joanne Schrader

Posted at 11:55am
Joanne Schrader

I knew Kevin from the late 80s. I worked with him for 30 years. He was just the greatest. He had the unique ability to almost instantly know how to tackle problems and then solve them. He did so much for the submarine fleet that will leave a lasting mark. He was amusing, fun and one of the hardest workers I’ve ever known. When he spoke of his family he lit up; he was so proud. Sending thoughts, prayers.
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Mary Simmons

Posted at 06:50am
I met Kevin in the late 80s when he was a Tracor contractor supporting logistics programs in NAVSEA PMS393L. Kevin went on to become a fed in 393L, a group that was both hard working and fun loving. Non work conversations with Kevin were diverse and always hilarious. We covered such topics as the characteristics of bespoke men’s underwear, methods for married couples to deal with significantly different preferences in room temperature, how to properly load sharp knives in a dishwasher, and the qualities of corn chowder (I don’t think corn chowder was one of his favorite foods). To this day I can’t see or hear mention of corn chowder without thinking of Kevin.
Kevin was professional, passionate, smart, a great writer, knew his stuff and was always mission focused. It was an honor and a privilege to know Kevin and to work with him. My thanks to his family for sharing him with all of us in Team Submarine.
With my deepest sympathy to his wife, children and other family members, Mary Simmons
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