July 10, 1957 - May 29, 2014
Kirk Alan Anthony, 56, born on July 10, 1957, in Lawton, Okla., died at his home on May 29, 2014, in Cedar Park, Texas.
Kirk is survived by his children: Kenneth Anthony, Karen Conley and Kevin Anthony; grandchildren: Logan Anthony and Isaiah, Elena and Alyssa Conley; brother, Steven Anthony; sisters: Rogene Grantham, Patrice Anthony and Roxanne Tobey. Seven nieces and two nephews also survive him.
Former United States Navy SEAL
Kirk joined the United States Navy in March 1975, serving as a radioman on the USS Proteus (May 1975 to October 1976), USS Tulare (January 1977 to July 1979), at NAS Kingsville (August 1979 to June 1981), and on the USS Aquila (June 1981 to November 1984). Kirk proceeded to Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training in December 1984. He graduated from training in July 1985 with Class 133 in Coronado, Calif.
Kirk was assigned to SEAL Team One from August 1985 to January 1991. He went on to training in the Defense Foreign Language Institute (February 1991 to September 1991) and was subsequently assigned to NSWU-8, NAVSTA Rodman Panama Canal (October 1991 to September 1994). From October 1994 to February 1995, Kirk attended NSWC SDV School and then was assigned to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team One from March 1995 to November 1997.
A Life of Service
Following his distinguished career with the U.S. Navy, Kirk continued to devote his time to serving his fellow men by pursuing vocations in public service. Beginning in 1999, he worked as a building inspector for the City of Cedar Park, Texas. Four years later, Kirk transitioned to the Cedar Park Fire Department to begin work as a fire inspector/fire investigator. Exemplifying his constant drive to better himself, Kirk became a commissioned peace officer and arson investigator. In 2007, Kirk was hired as a deputy fire marshal by the Travis County Fire Marshal's Office and worked there until his passing.
Kirk was on the current Board of Directors for the Central Texas Fire Investigators Association where he constantly shared his energy, drive and knowledge with members. During his decade with the fire service, Kirk was well respected by his colleagues and highly regarded for his knowledge, ethics and focus on teamwork.
Kirk was a loving father and grandfather and was very proud of everything his children had accomplished. He was also an avid outdoorsman and particularly loved camping and hiking in Big Bend, Texas, and in the Wichita Mountains in Oklahoma. His hobbies included sports shooting and raptor racing.