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January 31, 2012 at 6:57 PM

King County deputy, who worked in Sammamish schools, dies

Deputy Stan Chapin, 61, died Monday night. (KING COUNTY SHERIFF'S PHOTO)

Stan Chapin, 61, a King County sheriff’s deputy who for the past 12 years was part of the police force in Sammamish, died at his home Monday night.

Chapin was the school resource officer in Eastlake High School and Inglewood Junior High, according to a news release from Cindi West, spokeswoman for the King County Sheriff’s Office.

He was close to his 40th anniversary with the King County Sheriff’s Office, she said.

“Officer Chapin was not only an outstanding police officer, he was an outstanding human being,” said Eastlake High School Principal Brad Malloy. “He enjoyed working with students of all ages and guided them toward making good choices in their lives.”

“Stan was a remarkable man,” Sammamish Police Chief Nate Elledge said. “He really put his heart on the line for the students he helped and the community he served. His passing is a shock to all of us who valued his friendship and admired his professionalism.”

Before working in the two schools, Chapin worked as the a D.A.R.E. officer in the Issaquah, Lake Washington and Northshore school districts, West said.

“Over his career, he also served as a patrol deputy, detective, and member of the Seattle FBI’s Fugitive Apprehension Team. And just last month, the city named Chapin the Sammamish Police Department’s “Officer of the Year” for 2011,” West said in the release.

In addition to his police work, Chapin was known as a dedicated runner. He won the 1974 Seattle marathon, West said, and competed in the Boston marathon in 1974, 76 and 77.

Surviving him are his wife, Sue, and three children, Christopher, Bethany and Scott

 

 

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