Daniel Joseph O’Rourke

o'rourkeDaniel Joseph O’Rourke, 51, passed away on September 13, 2015 in Killeen, Texas. He was born on March 31, 1964 in Providence, Rhode Island to Thomas and Patricia O’Rourke. He was preceded in death by his mother Patricia (Feeney). Daniel is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Julia M. O’Rourke; daughter, Ailie M. O’Rourke; son, Ryan J. O’Rourke, father, Thomas J. O’Rourke, wife Edna, sister, Cathleen Hutchinson, husband Robert, brother, Patrick, wife Sherri and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

An Eagle Scout, he joined the U.S Army in 1983 and achieved rank of Sergeant and afterwards he received his commission in 1993 ultimately achieving rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He obtained an Associates degree from Community College of Rhode Island, a Bachelors Degree from University of Rhode Island and a Masters degree from University of Texas. Daniel was employed with University of Texas Medical Branch for 20 years and worked as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Dan will be remembered as a high-energy guy who was willing to jump in to help anybody in need, both in the military and civilian life. He was a great husband, father and friend.

A visitation will be held on Monday, September 21, 2015 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM at Crowder Funeral Home 111 E. Medical Center Blvd. Webster. The Funeral Mass will follow on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 10 AM at St. Mary Catholic Church, 1612 East Walker St. League City, 77573. Immediately after Mass the U.S. Army will render Full Military Honors. Interment will take place at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers those wishing to make a memorial donation in Daniel’s memory may do so to WoundedWarriorProject.org, 877 958-2233


  1. Very sorry for your loss Julie. I worked with Dan when he first came to UTMB and we worked together in the surgical ICU. They were great times! When the shift things was tough Dan was there I always knew he had my back.
    Funny thing is when I see people wearing shorts in the winter it always reminds me of Dan. The years I worked with him he would show up to work in the middle of a Texas winter telling us it wasn’t cold because we had never experienced a winter in Rhode Island. He will be missed.
    God bless you and your family.

    Joyce Vander Knijff
  2. Danny, you were a wonderful friend and coworker, I’ll miss you terribly.

    Patty Grow
  3. His service to our country will never be forgotten. Keeping his family in our thoughts and prayers. Blue Star Mothers of America – Houston Texas Chapter

    Beth Durham-Gillett
  4. Prayers of comfort for the family and friends. Dan was an awesome individual and will be dearly missed.

    DJ Alvarez
  5. My name is Gary Giamalva. I had the privilege of cutting Dan’s hair for quite some time at Pete’s barbershop. Dan also worked with my wife Deborah Giamalva at UTMB in Galveston. Dan was one of the kindest men that I’ve ever met. It was a highlight in my life to have known a man such as Dan. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. God bless you………………

    Gary and Debbie Giamalva
  6. Prayers and comfort go out to you and your family during your time of loss.

    Brenda Johnson
  7. Prayers and comfort go to you and your family now and in the days to come.

    Brenda Johnson
  8. I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. O’Rourke. He cared for me at UTMB Center for Obesity and Weight Management during my weight loss journey and helped me to reach my weight loss goal before and after bariatric surgery. He was always very professional, caring and compassionate. He genuinely cared for his patients. I will keep his family, friends and colleagues in my prayers. My deepest condolences to all that loved and worked with this wonderful healthcare professional.

    Heidi Mansion
  9. Dan the Man, ALWAYS gave 110% to his family, country and his work. He was dedicated to us all. He was very special and I consider it an honor and privilege to have known him and worked with him. He was a Great FRIEND to us ALL!! He will be GREATLTY missed. Love and prayers To you all.

    Ken and Nancy St. Clair
  10. My thoughts and prayers for the family. Dan was one of the most thoughtful friends, i have met at UTMB. We also got to experience cubscouting together. I will greatly miss Dan around the OR. And yes we called him, Dan the man.

    Randy Drinkwater
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