Stanley Stan Joseph Chapin

March 31, 1950January 30, 2012

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

Arrangements under the direction of Acacia Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Seattle, Washington.


  • Visitation

    Sunday, February 5, 2012

  • Memorial Mass

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Stanley Stan Joseph Chapin

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Brad Sevener

November 10, 2018

I had the privilege of having Officer Chapin as our resource officer from 7th grade until I graduated in 2011. I remember when he would preform in our school assemblies or do his infamous raptor impersonation. He always put a smile on everyone's face and certainly mine. He had the ability to brighten anyone's day and see those who really needed it. My fondest memory of Officer Chapin is one that I think about a lot and I carry it with me. I had a hard time in school, I was lonely and struggling with my mental health. It made things difficult and I think it showed. Now, as much as I adore Officer Chapin, I rarely had the chance to speak with him directly. I really wish I had a chance to speak with him more back then. The conversations we had were brief but he always cheered me up. It had been a long time since the last time I spoke with him. In a school with over a thousand students I couldn't possibly imagine him remembering me. One day I was just stepping into school and already dreading the day. I walked by Officer Chapin and as I did he said to me, "Good morning Brad, how are you doing today?", I couldn't believe it, I was in such awe that he remembered my name. I couldn't remember the last time I had a one on one conversation with him and the fact that I am one of the thousand of students. I remember feeling so much joy from one simple sentence. He saw me, he remembered me in the times where I felt forgotten. I think about this all of the time and it warms my heart. I have never met a more loving, caring and selfless person as Officer Chapin.

Amber Cuozzo

March 31, 2012

There are infinite positive remarks one could exclaim about Officer Chapin. He was able to make every single person he came in contact with feel important. He took the time to serve not only as a police officer keeping us safe, but as a friend and confidant- someone we all knew we could turn to for anything no matter what the issue was, what background we came from or how closely we knew him. He is one of the few people I have ever met that I could define as a legend. His accomplishments were and are exceptional, and he will forever be missed, but will never be forgotten. Eastlake loves you, Chapin. Thank you for everything you have brought to our school and done for our community, and thank you Chapin Family for sharing him with us. I am honestly so blessed to say I had the honor of knowing him, he truly was one of a kind.

Jeff Thomas

March 24, 2012

Dean Fredrickson

March 17, 2012

I want you to know that I am so honored to have been called upon to do the sculpture honoring your husband and father. I look forward to meeting with you to prepare for this. In going through the pictures and reading the notes that were written by the students I immediately began to sense that this is a very special human being. I am trusting that my work will let this special feeling come through.

Julia Gay

February 17, 2012

I was blessed to know Officer Chapin beyond his patrols of the schools. His compassion, the pure light and joy he always carried with him, even when he would come to pick my niece up from home and drive her to school each morning, was a blessing in disguise. His vibrant ways of showing kids (of all ages) that even an officer of the law could be just as down to earth. My heart cries for Sue and his blessed children for this great loss. I know nothing can fill that void that is now a part of their lives. I pray though that with the humble words left by everyone that they will help to keep his memory and brightness alive. I know I shall never forget all that he had ever done to help the kids in my family.

February 9, 2012

On this day of remembrance I just wanted you all to know my thoughts and prayers are with all of you; Family, Friends, Staff and Students. Such a dear loss for so many factions of life.Here's a man who gave his all to whatever he was doing; Husband, Father, Friend, Police Officer, Resource Officer, Velociraptor and here is one some of you may have forgotten or didn't know about Hannah Montana. This gentleman even took time out of his busy schedule to talk sports (current and classic) with a certain night custodian. For me It was an Honor, Privilege and simple Pleasure to have known this Human Being. So be Strong for Each Other and Yourselves and Remember God is now getting spoiled. We Love You Stan, Your Friend Douglas Nabors

Peggy Hughes

February 8, 2012

Your friendship at SU meant a lot to my husband Bill. Our kids all benefited from you also being a resource officer at their schools throughout Jr. and High School. Bill and I always enjoyed stopping by school and getting a chance to catch up on your family. Sue we will never forget him and will keep you in our prayers.
Peggy and Bill Hughes parents of Bernadette, Johnathan, Thomas and Veronica

February 7, 2012

It has been an honor and a privilege to know Stan Chapin both personally and professionally. Stan left this community better than he found it and we are all better off for having known him. Thanks for everything Stan, you will be missed.

Josh Pelonio
Eastside Fire & Rescue

Jeff,Madeleine,Alysha & Blaine Kym

February 7, 2012

Dear Family of Officer Chapin, You were truly blessed beyond words. I have known Stan for over15 yrs he was a strong presence at Margaret Mead, IJH and Eastlake. My kids are now 26 and 29, they remember their childhood with Officer Chapin they respected the uniform but most of all the Person that he was. He just had that Gift of relating to the youths of Sammamish. We too were blessed by his kindness , empathy, and proffesionalism, and most of all ... of having him in our lives, Thank You for sharing him to us, and may God put his loving arms of comfort around you, we will be praying and keep you all close to our hearts.

February 7, 2012

Stan was an important part of my daughter's life. She attended both Inglewood Jr. High and Eastlake. Helen was not treated very nicely by many of the students because she didn't quite fit the mold in the way she dressed (she HATES skirts and dresses!), sense of humor, and general interests (a real computer nerd). Stan really helped her through some tough times by holding accountable those who bullied her when he observed that behavior. He also held her accountable when she made some questionable choices.

I was lucky enough to see Stan often, because I work at the City of Sammamish. Stan always asked about Helen, even after she graduated. I really apprecated our brief conversations in the lunch room and will miss him and his wonderful, full face smile! He was truly an officer and a gentle man.

Lola Nelson-Mills