OBITUARY

Mack Duane Stanhope

January 22, 1940December 22, 2020

Mack Duane Stanhope was born on January 22, 1940 in Tacoma, WA and passed away on December 22, 2020 and is under the care of Neptune Society.

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LeRoy Anderson

January 12, 2021

I knew Mack between 1970 and 1975. I’ve been pondering these past couple of days my encounters with him.

As I recall, Mack was a friendly soul, easy to talk to, sincere in his work, and definitely someone I could count on to back me up if I needed to call for a “back-up”.

He was very respectful of others and I am confide his good legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of many, many people for a long time. God bless you Mack, you did make a difference ! ! !

LeRoy M. Anderson, UWPD 137

Robert Sanford

January 10, 2021

I wanted to add that Mack was one of only three officers at the PD who was designated a Master (or Senior) Dispatcher.

Those three also generated suggestions about improving that function and thereby increasing the effectiveness of those out on patrol.

When you consider all the officers who worked Radio over the decades, this was an important honor to have achieved.

Steve Uhrich

January 7, 2021

My fondest mental picture of Mac is of him standing the the hallway just outside his lab, in his white medical smock, in the old Bryant Bldg., waiting for some chemical test to finish; and how happy he was, presiding over his Christmas parties at his apartment in North Seattle. "Until that time, Eustis . . . until that time." (quote from his favorite movie, "Soldier in the Rain". I think he saw himself in both characters, Steve McQueen's and Jackie Gleason's. -Steve Uhrich

Vic Peirsol

January 5, 2021

I worked with Mack during his whole career at UWPD. I quickly learned that he was a person I could depend on in any circumstance, including large Anti-War protests, in the late 60's and early 70's several bombings incidents or day to day assignments.
As a patrol officer, he was highly sought by supervisors for their shifts. As a detective, he was a valued resource for newly assigned personnel. Mack was also assigned to our dignitary unit and was someone I could depend on to do his best wherever he was assigned. More importantly, I could depend on him to come to me with suggestions on how to make the event run smoother or safer for the VIP. He was always about doing his job to the best of his abilities.

Tom Pool

January 5, 2021

I worked with Mack for 4 years at UWPD '70 to '74. We were both veterans and enjoyed sharing stories of military SNAFUs. Mack was a good friend to everyone. He will be missed. My condolences to his family and friends.

Rick Essex

January 4, 2021

My thoughts and condolences to Mack’s family. I had the pleasure to work with Mack for several years at UWPD. I always found Mack to be one of the more honest persons I worked with. He told you what he thought in a very open and direct manner and he would listen to what you told him. He did not hold your personal beliefs or opinions against you. He was supportive of his fellow officers while not tolerating incompetence or fools easily. If mistakes were made Mack could offer another method of doing it correctly. These were strengths that I know served him well both at UWPD and in his Reserve unit. I enjoyed my working hours with him as well some afterhours celebrations. I will toast him with a choice beverage.
Rick Essex

Joe White

January 4, 2021

Mack and I met shortly after he arrived at Yale University's Institute of Far Eastern Languages in early 1962. He was in the newest class of Chinese students and, I thought, a rookie at Yale. He quickly corrected that impression, informing me that he had already completed Korean and served a tour overseas. I admired that, as even today I consider studying Korean the toughest task I ever tackled. And he was back to learn Chinese! I knew here was a man with no quit in him. We served at Osan AFB through 1963, never on the same crew, but somehow Mack Stanhope was THE GUY everybody on every shift knew. He was always the first to help, especially in some mischievous, morale boosting adventure to illustrate the natural superiority of enlisted men. Mack was a fine soldier and a faithful brother in arms. May God grant you peace and rest, Mack. Salute!

Ollie Moore

January 3, 2021

When we worked together, I always found Mack to be helpful, thorough and efficient. He was a joy to work with! Mack also had an effervescent personality which drew people “in.” I would like to offer my deepest condolences to his family and close personal friends!

Allan Grazier

January 3, 2021

I met Mack when I joined UWPD. I have so many stories of Mack. When I joined the force I had never shot a gun. He taught me to shoot and he called me a natural marksman. He then taught me to collect finger prints and test marijuana. Even when I screwed up on the job Mack always had my back. He even had his son make me a knife I carried on the job and I still carry today. He was a good man and I will remember him .

Dave Wilma

January 3, 2021

I worked with Mack at the UW. He related how he was identified by the Air Force as being able to speak with a "glottal stop" an important still in the Vietnamese language. Mack just wanted to be a cook, but the Air Force had other ideas.

In 1971, a classmate of mine was killed in Viet Nam and his family found in his effects a document in Vietnamese. I asked Mack to translate and he found it to be a citation for bravery. The family was most grateful.