Daniel Martin Cary

Daniel Martin Cary, 64, of Stuart, Fla., left us on March 7, 2014, after a valiant battle with leukemia.

He was born Aug. 23, 1949, in Westfield, the son of Marilyn (Rich) and the late Martin D. Cary.

Dan was a 1968 graduate of Ripley Central School and earned a master’s in biology at the University of Miami.

He was executive director of the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council from 1985-94 and planning director for the South Florida Water Management District. He served as West Palm Beach’s planning director from 1999 to 2003.

He also was one of the main architects of the comprehensive Everglades restoration plan.

Dan was one of the early proponents of “New Urbanism” which aims to reduce dependence on the automobile and create livable and walkable neighborhoods with housing and jobs. He is credited with helping rejuvenate parts of West Palm Beach, Lake Worth and Delray Beach. He was honored as “ahead of his time, having a huge sensitivity to what made cities special and what would stand the test of time.” He was singled out as an example of an effective town planner in James Howard Kunstler’s 1996 book “Home From Nowhere.”

Dan lived his life fully as a good son, husband and father. His infectious laughter touched all who knew him.

He enjoyed birding, painting and sculpturing, and his life stories accumulated over four continents were spellbinding. Dan’s spirituality was complete. In his words: “After reading through the entire Bible I came across the fact that it never contradicted itself and therefore is the word of God.”

He is survived by his mother, Marilyn; his wife Meriliz; his children: LiaLucine and Artur; and his sister, Anna (Gary) Bowerman.

He was preceded in death by his father, Martin.

Memorial contributions to his lifelong interest in planning to Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, “Dan Cary Renaissance Fund’,” 421 Camden Ave., Stuart, FL 34994 would be appreciated.

Guestbook for family and friends at www.aycockfuneralhome.net will be open until April 9.