On October 4, 2017, CAPT Ted Daywalt, USNR-Ret, passed away at Shands Hospital in the University of Florida Health Complex.
In addition to his career in the Naval Reserve, since 1999, Ted has been the president and CEO of VetJobs, the leading military jobs board on the Internet.
He served on active duty in the Navy for seven years. He initially served as a Line Officer on a destroyer with cruises to South America, Europe and Russia. He was then assigned to the Commander United States Naval Forces, European headquarters in London, England, as an intelligence watch officer and later as a geopolitical analyst with responsibilities for the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa.
In 1978, he transferred to the Naval Reserve Intelligence Program, from which he retired as a Captain (O-6) with 28 years of service. He was a stalwart NIP member.
CAPT Ed Pope, whose release from unjust imprisonment in Moscow was another of Ted’s causes, passed the following:
“Those of us who had the privilege of meeting and getting to know Ted will miss him. He was a wonderful man, strong believer in God, family and country to the very end.”
Ed included a note from the Daywalt family:
"This morning at 11:15 a.m., Ted's valiant fight against Interstitial Pulmonary Lung Disease ended. Ted was surrounded by his grateful family and many members of the Shands Hospital staff. He peacefully crossed the Bar and was greeted by Our Heavenly Father's words, "Well done, good and faithful servant."
His determination to survive his double lung transplant this past January is a testament to Ted's courage and positive spirit."
"We want to commend the entire wonderful and amazing medical community of Shands Hospital. They were committed to his daily progress and share our loss. The staff got to know Ted and loved, respected and admired his determination as he battled this terrible disease."
"The care and love of the Shands staff gave Ted and our family 10 more months that we would not have had and for this we will always be grateful."
"Thank you for your visits, your prayers and the many expression of love that you all have showed to Ted on this journey."
"Ted's priorities in life were: God, his family and his country, in that order, and we will honor his memory by continuing his legacy."
"Belinda, Melissa, Andrew and Liz"
Memorial and interment plans are incomplete at this time. We will ensure Ted's many friends and shipmates will be notified when finalized.