CDR David Milton "Skip" Anderson Jr. 64, of San Diego passed away July 27th, 2022 at his residence in San Diego surrounded by his family. A native of Woodland Hills, CA, he was the son of Dave and Jo Anderson. Skip started his military career at the Naval Academy Prep School (1-1) and, graduated with the Academy Class of 1980 with the 23 rd Company (Wildmen). An F-14 Tomcat RIO, he flew with VF-124 “Gunfighters,” VF-24 “Renegades” where he served with classmates, Pete Andreasen, Kelly McBride, and Brian Wood, and VF-213 “Black Lions.” He earned his Master of Science (Space Systems Operations) at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School with a follow-on tour at the National Reconnaissance Office. While at NPS, he met his future bride, Susan, on a flight between San Diego and Monterey. Skip was a catapult officer on USS Ranger CV-61 and completed his 20-year naval career at U.S. Pacific Command in (J2) retiring onboard USS Missouri BB-64 in Pearl Harbor (1999). Skip had a very successful second career as an account executive with Sun Microsystems, Dell, and VMware.
In 1989, Skip married his lovely bride Susan in the Mission in Carmel California and was the father to Kate and Nicholas. In a highlight of his life, Skip walked Kate down the aisle of the same Carmel Mission in 2021 for her wedding to John Gaudio. Skip had a wonderful life, with a passion for running and a love of golf (with son Nick/girlfriend Kelsey). Family was his priority and he enjoyed visiting his children at their colleges, University of Colorado and University of Washington. Skip was extremely proud of both of their chosen career paths. He loved to spend time with family, friends and maintained his close friendships with his USNA 23rd Company shipmates and classmates, Pete Andreasen, Jim Gosnell, Brian Wood and Brad Gehrke.
An incredible husband, father, Naval Officer, patriot, corporate leader, classmate, friend, and Christian, Skip set an incredible example for everyone who had the honor of knowing him. He was humble, a blessing to people and a strong supporter of everyone he met.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Anderson, and their children Katherine Gaudio (John) and Nicholas Anderson.
Please consider a donation to the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation, Midshipmen Memorial Fund: https://www.usna.com/give Go Navy, Beat Army!