Daniel William French III, Major General U.S. Army, Retired, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family: two daughters, son-in-law, two grandsons, and a family friend. He was born in Baker City, OR in 1928 and spent the last 22 years of his life in Steilacoom, WA. He was a great American and gave 35 years of distinguished service to the U.S. Army including two combat tours in the Republic of South Vietnam. In 1967 he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Silver Star while commanding 1st Battalion (Airborne), 12th Cavalry Regiment for his personal bravery and inspired leadership while conducting combat operations in support of the 1st Cavalry Division. He also commanded the same battalion in 1968 during the Tet Offensive. His many assignments included seven commands while leading units from Fort Ord, CA, Fort Knox, KY, Fort Benning, GA, Fort Riley, KS, Fort Monroe, VA, the Republic of Korea, and the former West Germany. He completed his military career as Commander of the U.S. Army Soldier Support Center and Post Commander of Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN from 1981 – 85. Upon his military retirement, Dan assumed the position of General Manager for the Tenth Pan American Games in Indianapolis, IN. In 1987 after completion of the Games he served as the Director of the Metropolitan Emergency Communications Agency integrating the public safety emergency communications system for Indianapolis and Marion County until 1991. He and his lovely wife Maribeth of 59 years moved to Steilacoom, WA in 1991. Dan was very active in the Steilacoom community, serving on the School Board, volunteering at many town events such as the Steilacoom Apple Squeeze, Steilacoom Fireworks Committee, Steilacoom Salmon Bake, and Town Cleanup. He was the Steilacoom Chamber of Commerce President for several years. He was recognized as Steilacoom’s “Citizen of the Year” in 2005 for his many civic works, and a member of Kiwanis. In addition he taught history and composition courses for Pierce College for fifteen years until 2012 when he retired at age 83. Dan graduated from the University of Oregon in 1952. He is a graduate of the National War College and holds a Masters Degree from George Washington University. Dan was preceded in death by his wife Maribeth in 2010. He is survived by daughter Rebecca, son-in-law John, daughter Cynthia, her partner Marianne, grandsons Daniel and Beau, and brother Gordon from West Chester, PA. Dan was beloved by many. He had a keen sparkling wit and a optimistic, cheerful demeanor. He will be sorely missed by his family, his country, and his community. Graveside services with full military honors followed by a light lunch will be held in Tumwater, WA at the Masonic Memorial Park Cemetery on August 26th, at 11 a.m. Please sign the guestbook above.