- Daniel Paul Staples, 54, of Bangor, Maine, died peacefully at Maine Medical Center on March 7. He was surrounded by his loved ones. He is survived by his mother Marilyn, father Ralph, sister Deanna White, brother Darren, aunt Rose Sack, uncle Rick Sack, brother-in-law Gordon White, nieces Emma White and Isabella, and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Dan was outgoing, charismatic, and lovable, with a wonderful sense of humor. He excelled in sports and loved social activities such as dancing and entertaining his friends. He was president of the student council at Bangor High School in 1981, was active in city area action programs against drugs, and was recognized by the community for his efforts on several occasions.
Daniel received the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal for meritorious service as an orderly clerk for the 509th Bombardment Wing at Pease Air Force Base in New Hampshire. The citation from the U.S. Air Force said that Daniel used "his in-depth administrative knowledge and intense drive for perfection to develop the most effective orderly room in the wing. He was successful in managing error free administrative programs for a squadron with more than 30 geographically separated work centers. The distinctive accomplishments of Airman Staples reflect credit upon himself and the U.S. Air Force."
While at Pease AFB, Dan also won the Airman of the Month Award on two occasions and was nominated for the Outstanding Air Force Administrative Award. He served as squadron sports representative which led to a Commander's Trophy for his squad. A member of the USAF Honor Guard, Daniel was selected through a competitive program for early promotion the rank of Senior Airman. He was then chosen to be a military training instructor.
Dan received a severe head injury in 1984 while hitchhiking, which left him totally disabled. His mother Marilyn, sister Deanna, brother Darren, aunt Rose, uncle Rick, and many friends all helped to take care of him at home for 34 years.
Services for Daniel will be held at Blue Point Congregational Church, 236 Pine Point Road, in Scarborough at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 11. If you prefer, in lieu of flowers, donations in Dan's memory to The Salvation Army at www.salvationarmyusa.org or Brain Injury Association of America at www.biausa.org would be appreciated.
Published on  March 10, 2018