Myron Dale Drinkwater

Myron Dale Drinkwater

January 10, 1938 ~ March 26, 2018

Born in: Centralia, KS
Resided in: Lake Forest, CA

On a peaceful March 26th day in 2018 Captain Myron “Drink” Drinkwater, SC, USN (Ret) passed away and moved on to a life of eternal peace. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and proud Navy Veteran. Captain Drinkwater was born in Centralia, KS in 1938. He spent his childhood in Kansas and graduated from Emporia State University.  Shortly after graduation he enlisted in the Navy and trained in Athens, Georgia before travelling around the world to serve his country.  He has always been a proud military supporter and was honored to serve his country for 30+ years, including service in the Vietnam War.

After returning from Vietnam, he met Joy Farley in 1967 and married her in 1968. He is survived by his wife, Joy, their son and daughter, Sean (Jennifer) Drinkwater of Ladera Ranch, CA, and Tamara/Tami (Trenton) Bartelt of Phoenix, AZ.  He was also a proud Grandfather to Mya and Tyler Drinkwater.  He is additionally survived by daughter Michaell Pepin of Crystal Falls, Michigan and her sons Michael and Richard.  He is also survived by a sister, Joyce (Gerald) Wiltz of Sedalia, Missouri and many cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, etc. Last but not least, he is survived by his cherished dachshund, Max.  Max was a recent rescue that has brought him unconditional love and contentment during his final days, filling a void in his heart only his prior dog Heidi could fill.


For everyone that knew Myron, they knew he was known as “Drink” and was very much a people person and active in the local Lake Forest Community.  He was also incredibly active and supportive in his children’s high school and college programs and was always their biggest fan.  He continued to be an avid sports enthusiast and followed team sports across the country (even beyond the Kansas schools), but at the end of the day just wanted to watch a good game.  He also had a strong interest in ragtime and country music, but his true passion was always cooking and collecting cookbooks and recipes. He’s been famous for his participation and often blue ribbon performance in a local annual Dutch Oven Cook-off and if it wasn’t his cheeseballs at Christmas time (requested by the dozens), he was very well known for his homemade Chili which will always remain a family recipe.

He had been in poor health for the last few years but always remained strong in spirit and had come to terms with the end of his life.  He lived an amazing 80 years of life with amazing family, friends and shipmates that are irreplaceable.  He will be missed by his family and many many friends, but we are at peace knowing that he’s no longer suffering and where he’s intended to be. No services or funeral are planned in California.  In lieu of local services, his request is to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. The family would like to thank all of his faithful friends and Navy shipmates for their support and prayers throughout the years.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that you contribute any donations to Wounded Warrior Project, or ASPCA, in Myron’s name.



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  1. Trent and Tami Bartelt March 30, 2018 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Rest In Peace Dad.

  2. Betty Atwell April 3, 2018 at 8:07 am - Reply

    Drink’s involvement with the Lake Forest seniors and his work on the Senior Advisory Board will always be appreciated. I remember him as a truly honorable man. I was appointed to the Senior Advisory Board just as his term was up & I hope I can contribute half as much as he did. He will be missed.

  3. Ann Ford April 3, 2018 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    It was a privilege to have been a friend and having Drink in our Sr. kitchen and all his help; especially on Thursday’s. Thank you my friend and you will truly be missed. God bless. Ann

  4. Reatha Roberts Christensen April 8, 2018 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Myron and I were born in Centralia in the same year, went through elementary and high school together, then went our separate ways to college and careers. He was a top student and athlete and a friend to all and I always held him in the highest regard. As children and teens, we spent many wintry weekends with friends sledding down “Drinkwater’s Hill”. Only later in life did we reconnect by email. This beautiful summary of his life is a testament to his goodness, his willingness to help others, and his zest for life. It is an honor to have been his friend. May he rest in peace.

  5. Beverley Ford April 8, 2018 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    Beverley J Ford

  6. Carol Fritch April 9, 2018 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Delores & Carol Fritch Classmates of 1956.

  7. Ruth Binder February 25, 2019 at 8:42 am - Reply

    Only ‘knew’ Drink through Nancy Rodgers email recipe site. Any time Drink supplied a recipe, I always paid attention and tried many of them. Will miss his input on this site. Also, thanks for your service to our country through the Navy. RIP, Drink.

  8. Dorothy Gonda February 26, 2019 at 6:24 am - Reply

    loved his recipes on Nancy’s site — rest in peace Drink.

    Dorothy Gonda

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