David P. Macarus

Deceased: October 24, 2008

Service Information:

Memorial Visitation: Tuesday, October 28, 2008
5pm until Memorial Service following at 7:30pm


David P. Macarus, 79 years, died Oct. 24th.
Regional Science Liaison for the E.P.A. for 18 years.
Beloved husband of Dorothy C. Macarus nee Coplon
Loving father of
Kimberly J. (Zachary Johnson), Julianne, Jordan D.
and Jonathan (Mary) Macarus.
Fond brother of the late William Macarus
Devoted grandfather of
Zachary, Alexander and Eugene.
Memorial visitation Oct 28th Tuesday from 5 pm until
memorial service following at 7:30 pm at.
Lakeview Funeral Home 1458 W Belmont Ave.
Chicago, Il. 60657 for info 773-472-6300 or


October 27, 2008

This morning I received the news of Dave's passing and I'm sad beyond words.
Dave was always cheerful, full of information and an absolute pleasure
to know.
He will be sorely missed at the lab.

Please know that your family is in my prayers.
God Bless.

Sylvia Griffin
Environmental Data Coordinator

October 27, 2008/October 29, 2008

Dear Macarus Family,

Please accept my sincerest condolences on the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. I was fortunate to be a neighbor of your family during my younger years. The impression Mr. Macarus (as he was known to me!), that has stayed with me forever was one of kindness with a real aura of strength. I know you will all miss him greatly and I hope that the treasured memories of him will see you all through this difficult time and the days to come. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Mary (Hash) Platz

Doe, Jordan, Jonathan, Kim, Julie,

My thoughts and prayers are with you! I learned from my sister Mary Platz that Dave had passed. I was the annoying kid that lived next door in Downers Grove! I only knew Dave when I was a child. He was always very nice to me and interested to know how my baseball team was doing! One day while my father was out of town, he helped remove a loose baby tooth of mine! He gave me a dollar and said that the tooth fairy was “getting tight on funds so take this and go get some candy”. I will never forget his kind and gentle way. I am sorry for your loss. I know that his spirit will always be with you.

With Love,

Paul Hash

October 28, 2008

Dear Surviving Family Members of Dave,

The news of our loss of Dave circulated around the EPA Region 5 Chicago
office today (October 27) as we all arrived at work after the weekend.
For those of us who knew Dave and had worked with him, we are at a total
surprise. This sad news hit many of us very hard this morning.

I remember Dave as a dedicated, intelligent, and hard working individual
here in the Pesticides Section at the EPA. He expressed a strong
enthusiasm for pesticide regulation and quickly became one of those in
our Section to whom we all could turn for answers to those difficult
questions. Dave loved his job and the ability to make a difference in
the protection of the environment.

On a more personal note, many of us became familiar with Dave's more
personal side while socializing with him at the annual EPA summer,
outdoor barbecue at Tony Restaino's home. Dave was always very active in
the games and played a mean game of volleyball.

Dave loved his doubles tennis and put me to shame when he would share
his tennis victories while I, much younger, played the role of the couch
potato. Dave never stopped "playing", and so remained "young in heart,
body, and mind".

Dave will forever hold a place in our hearts.

Donald Baumgartner
Pesticides Section (LC-8J)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5

October 28, 2008

Dear Macarus Family, please accept my sincere condolences in the loss of
Dave. He was a dedicated scientist and a gentle man. He exhibited the
same personality and professionalism to everyone. May the Lord bless
you and guide you during this time.

blessings always,

Patricia B. Easley, Ed.D.
Regional Training Officer

October 28, 2008

Dear Dorothy and family,
I have just received the news of Dave's passing. I am so sorry and very shocked. Please know that George and I will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Dave was always an outstanding asset to EPA and to me personally whenever I needed his help. I am sure he will be truly missed by EPA. Keep his calm, smiling face always in your memory. All the best.

Phyllis Reed-Halloran & George Halloran

October 28, 2008


Chris Mazur emailed me to let me know your father passed on, He forwarded the email you sent out.
Although I did not know your father, Your email was beautiful, and I feel lucky to know you. I am sorry that it was your father’s turn to go.
I pray for your family and you to have your grieving process go quickly.

Patti Stueber

October 28, 2008

Dear Dorothy and Family,

You have my heart felt sympathy for the loss of your husband and Father. David was a wonderful co-worker as well as friend. He touched many lives here at EPA. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to work with David over the years. He was a very kind and intellectual person and will be deeply missed. My prayers are with you and your family.
God Bless You All!

Linda Telles
Administrative Assistant

October 28, 2008

Dave is the epitome of the gentleman, the scientist, and the public health advocate. As the Region 5 Science Liaison for the USEPA Office of Research and Development, he worked tirelessly for many years with the ATSDR Marietta Air Emissions Study Team. His passing is a great loss to USEPA, to ATSDR, and to the many communities in Region 5 for which he worked so diligently.
He will be fondly remembered by his many colleagues for his professionalism, character, and devotion to his work.

On behalf of the Marietta Air Emissions Study Team at:

ATSDR Division of Health Studies
ATSDR Division of Regional Operations
Washington County, Ohio Health Department
Marietta, Ohio Health Department
Knox County, Ohio Health Department
Ohio Department of Health
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
San Francisco State University
University of Quebec at Montreal, Canada
West Virginia University

and the USEPA Region 5 Air Toxics and Air Monitoring Sections

Stephanie I. Davis, MSPH
Health Investigations Branch
Division of Health Studies
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

October 28, 2008

I offer my condolences to your family for the loss of David. He was a kind, courteous and generous soul. I often enjoyed walking with him through his western Wisconsin woodlands discussing trees, wildlife and ecology, among other things. I will miss the walks and talks but will always remember the character of his personality. My prayers are for your peace and strength. For others reading this note, I was David's Forester for many years, helping him with the management of his land.

Craig Hollingsworth
-Forestry Office
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

October 28, 2008

I had the privilege of working with Dave Macarus several times during my time at EPA and he was one of the finest people I have known.

Marcia Damato


October 28, 2008

To Doe and Family,
I've played tennis with David on Thursday nights for the better part of the last 10 years.
He will certainly be missed for his competitive spirit and engaging personality on off the tennis courts. I always enjoyed "Mr. Science's" (as I often called him) long winded explanations for why my ball hit the net, or why it went over the line.

Now he's off to further explore the scientific secrets of the wider universe. Travel well Dave.

Sandy Bredine


October 29, 2008

I am Sandy Bredine. I sent a previous note.

I just got home from the service tonight, and I wanted to thank you for sharing Dave's life with us.
After playing tennis with Dave for 10 years, I have to admit "Dave, I hardly knew yee!"
Let's face it. You don't talk a lot in tennis. You play. Sure, we talked about the EPA occasionally. And we frequently compared our weekend haunts. David's in Lake Geneva, and mine in the other direction in Long Beach, Indiana. But beyond that, we didn't really share our lives.
So I want to thank you for introducing me to all the other aspects of Dave's wonderful life.

Thanks and God bless.

Sandy Bredine


 October 29, 2008

 Dear Dorothy
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on hearing about Dave's passing.
I worked with Dave at EPA, and always found him to be friendly, helpful
and upbeat. It was certainly a pleasure to have known him.
Peter Swenson 


October 29, 2008
Dear Macarus Family:

David holds a special place in my heart for it was David that helped
me start my professional career and helped me maintain a relationship
with my girlfriend (Aimee) whom I married. David chose me as his
intern with USEPA back in 1997. In 1997, I moved to Chicago to work
for David and did not have car. Aimee was living in Cleveland, Ohio.
Neither Aimee nor I were making enough money to fly back and forth
from Cleveland to Chicago to see each other. On occasion, David on
his way to work projects and meetings in Indiana and Ohio would let
me hitch a ride with him. He would drop me off at rest stops on the
Ohio Turnpike where Aimee would meet me. These meetings helped
Aimee and I maintain our relationship until we eventually got married
and she moved to Chicago. I will always remember how nice it was of
David to help us out. Professionally David has provided me with
advice and guidance over the past 10 years.

Please accept my sincere condolences and know that I and many others
will truly miss him.

Brooke Furio
USEPA, Region 5, Cleveland Office