August 28, 2016 – Thompson School District is saddened to announce that TSD Chief Operations Officer Dr. Dan Maas was killed in an automobile accident on the evening of Friday, August 26 in Denver. Dr. Maas had served in his role at Thompson School District since July of 2014. He was 47 years old. Dr. Maas’ wife, Loan, also perished the following Monday as a result of her injuries from the accident. Loan, a long-time and dedicated educator, was employed with Denver Public Schools.
Prior to joining the Thompson team, Dr. Maas worked for the Littleton School District in the Denver metro area, where he served as the Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Maas also worked many years for the regional Centennial BOCES group (Boards of Cooperative Educational Services). He began his career in education as a teacher in the Aguilar School District in southern Colorado. Dr. Maas earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, where he was also currently on staff as an instructor.
As Chief Operations Officer, Dr. Maas supervised the district’s Facilities, Operations, Planning, Transportation and Information Technology Services departments. He was also the lead staff member on the district’s Master Plan Committee and was instrumental in facilitating the group’s extensive work over the past two years.
“This is a huge loss for our district,” said Thompson School District Superintendent Dr. Stan Scheer. “Dan was a highly talented and resourceful person who brought so much strength to TSD through his leadership and career background. It will be a huge challenge to fill the vacuum that has been left by his sudden passing.”
Dr. Maas’ dedication to the world of education and his steadfast belief in providing the best possible educational experience for all students will be deeply missed. Our sincerest thoughts and prayers are with Dan’s family and friends.
A funeral service for Dan and Loan is planned for Saturday, September 10 at 1PM at San Isidro Church, Highway 12, Weston, Colorado (29.9 miles from Trinidad Welcome Center on Highway 12 – one mile before the Stonewall Church)
Reception following services: Primero Junior/Senior High School, 20200 Highway 12 Weston, CO 81091
To send flowers or cards: c/o Mullare-Murphy Funeral Home, 335 E. Maine St. Trinidad, CO 81082 (719-846-2281).
For our friends who are unable to attend services in Trinidad, a “Celebration of the Life of Loan and Dan” will be held on Saturday, September 24. The time and metro area location will be announced in the near future.