David P. Loughran, 81, a retired Marine Corps colonel and a lawyer who served for a time as the Mantoloking, N.J., prosecutor, died Wednesday at Kindred Hospital in Devon of complications from a stroke. He was 81.

Born in Philadelphia, Col. Loughran was the son of Jane Hookey Loughran and Edward Paul Loughran. The family lived in Mount Airy, and he attended Penn Charter School.

The 10th of 11 children, he attended Lafayette College. While there, he joined the Marine Corps, later qualifying as a naval aviator and completing advanced carrier qualification in 1953. His active-duty tour included stops in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and in the Mediterranean aboard the USS Coral Sea.

Afterward, he completed his undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also earned his law degree. He practiced law in Toms River, N.J., with the firm of O'Malley, Loughran & Surman and lived in Mantoloking from 1964 to 2011.

Col. Loughran was an avid sailor and was a member and past commodore of the Barnegat Bay Yacht Racing Association and the Mantoloking Yacht Club.

In 2009, he became reacquainted with his high school sweetheart, Sallie, and they wed in June 2011. In addition to his wife, Col. Loughran is survived by three brothers, Joseph, Frank, and Anthony; and a sister, Elaine Boyle.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Bay Head, N.J. Burial will be private.

Contact Chris Mondics at 215-854-5957 or cmondics@phillynews.com.