David Bogan

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David Eugene Bogan
Born 1963
Graham, Texas
Died February 21, 2007
Occupation Engineer

David Eugene Bogan (1963-2007) was a professional engineer with the Florida Department of Transportation whose final project was the I-10 bridge over Escambia Bay that now bears his name. He lived in Gulf Breeze with his wife Dove Hadley Bogan and daughter Joy Dawn Bogan.

Born in Graham, Texas, Bogan graduated from Gulf Breeze High School and received a civil engineering degree from the University of Florida. He was an avid surfer who participated in fundraising and beach access efforts. He was also active at his church, Calvary Chapel of Gulf Breeze.

During his 18-year career with the DOT, he worked on the Florida Welcome Station and other Interstate 10 projects.

He died on February 21, 2007 of complications from a brain tumor. On the same day, the first batch of debris from the old I-10 bridge was dropped in the Gulf of Mexico as an artificial reef. At the request of Escambia County Marine Resources Chief Robert Turpin, it was named the David Bogan Memorial Reef.[1] Bogan's co-workers at the FDOT also asked State Representative David Murzin to sponsor a bill naming the new bridge in his honor. The David Bogan Bridge was dedicated by Governor Charlie Crist on December 12.


  1. "David Bogan Memorial Reef established." Gulf Breeze News, March 22, 2007.