I feel like I owe everyone an apology. I had reported on Monday that the Thompson School District in Loveland and Berthoud lost their chief operations officer in a traffic accident. What I didn't report is that his wife was also killed in the crash. I apologize for the error, but I was using a press release from the school district as my source and she was never mentioned in the original story.

According to the Loveland Reporter Herald:

Dan Maas, the district's chief operations officer, and his wife, Loan Maas, an educator with Denver Public Schools, died from injuries they suffered in a crash a mile from their Thornton home after a dinner out in Cheyenne, Wyo.

The Maases were driving east on 136th Avenue in Thornton when another vehicle broadsided them in the intersection with Washington Avenue just before 11 p.m. Friday. The other vehicle apparently ran a red light and the driver was arrested. 59-year-old Cassandra Ann Ross of Denver could face careless driving charges in the case.

Again, I apologize for the misinformation and our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved.


The Thompson School District in Loveland and Berthoud has lost their chief operations officer. Dan Maas was killed in an auto accident Friday night in Denver.

Mass supervised the district’s facilities, operations, planning, transportation and information technology. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, where he was also currently on staff as an instructor.

In a press release from the school district, Superintendent Dr. Stan Scheer said:

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.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to friends and family and the entire Thompson School District. Maas was 47-year-old.

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