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“Taps” for Stanley J. Chapin (1950-2012), Sheriff Deputy, King County

Posted by glennled on February 8, 2012

Officer Stanley J. Chapin was known as a local legend. “Out of all men in blue vests, Officer Chapin was the best,” wrote Jay Gilliland. A Memorial Mass in his honor was held Tuesday, 7 February, at St. Brendan Catholic Church in Bothell. It was attended by some 1200-1500 family members, friends, government and school officials, and fellow officers.

“Respect and serenity came forth as he spoke,” wrote Gilliland, “A man daily happy…a man of contentment every day standing true.” For those who knew him, he played numerous roles in their lives: husband, father, son, brother, friend, police officer, Army Captain, Sheriff Deputy, comrade, confidant, disciplinarian, counselor, role model, comedian, volunteer, teacher, and marathon champion.

After the Funeral Mass, the Honor Guard of the Washington Army National Guard rendered military honors, including a rifle salute. I followed, sounding “Taps” in farewell to this very special man who died at age 61 in his sleep during the night of 30 January. As a bugler, I have not yet played at a more moving ceremony.

For more about him, please see:

2 Responses to ““Taps” for Stanley J. Chapin (1950-2012), Sheriff Deputy, King County”

  1. Thank you so much for playing at Stan’s service. It was very touching.

    • glennled said

      Yes, Sue, the entire service was quite moving.
      It was my honor and privilege to play his farewell “Taps.”
      Blessings,
      Glenn

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