Cpl. Daniel Marcellus Laid to Rest Following Cancer Battle

ST. ALBANS, Vt. - Vermont State Police Corporal Daniel Marcellus was laid to rest Saturday in St. Albans after battling brain cancer for several months.

Corporal Marcellus died Tuesday at the age of 35. He was a 14-year veteran for Vermont State Police, according to his obituary.

He is survived by his wife, Jessica, and their 7-month old son, Sawyer, his mother, Bonnie, his sister, Melissa, and four step-siblings.

"On behalf of the entire state of Vermont, I want to extend our deepest condolences,” said Gov. Phil Scott (R - Vermont) at Saturday’s funeral. “It takes a special kind of person to dedicate their life to helping and caring for others. Corporal Dan Marcellus was such a person. By every account, he was a top notch state trooper who devoted himself to helping the people of Vermont and for that, we owe him our gratitude, our respect, and our thanks.”

Two weeks ago, Marcellus and his family attended Vermont Day at Fenway Park alongside Gov. Scott.

Marcellus threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

“Just the memory for me to be able to be here with the two of them, is pretty amazing, so we're really thankful to be here,” his wife, Jessica, said at the time.

“The love that Dan and Jess had for each other was so very evident,” said Gov. Scott at Sunday’s service.

"He was a true friend to me, he was there for my wife and kids,” said Vermont State Police Lt. Maurice Lamothe. “He went to my daughter's softball games and my son's football games. He watched them grow up. He used to tell my kids when they became teenagers, ‘when you get in trouble call me, don't call your dad or your mom because they're going to be pissed’."

Lt. Lamothe says Marcellus was a good worker, a great friend and a better husband.

"I know my story is only one of probably hundreds from fellow troopers and families that had the privilege to serve with Dan,” he said. “What was significant was the impact he had on the citizens of Vermont and the Vermont State Police family. Corporal Dan Marcellus will be greatly missed as a trooper, a person and one of my good friends.”

In lieu of flowers, Marcellus’ family requested donations be made to the Jim Bashaw Memorial Cancer and Catastrophic Illness Fund or the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund.

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