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Maxwell F. Dandaneau

Maxwell F. Dandaneau Maxwell Dandaneau, age 18 of Manhattan, Kansas, died Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at his off-campus Manhattan apartment. He was a second-year student at Kansas State University.

Max was born in Dayton, Ohio, on March 18, 1999. He lived variously in Dayton, Syracuse, New York, and Knoxville, Tennessee, before moving with his family to Manhattan in 2012. Max attended Eisenhower Middle and Manhattan High School before enrolling in K-State at age 16, where he majored in sociology with a criminology and pre-law focus. Max was supported by the Academic Achievement Center and was a member of the University Honors Program.

Max enjoyed his diverse group of friends. He played football, wrestled for a time, and recently took up jujitsu. He was passionate about literature and participated in youth theater when very young. He loved to study history, geography, politics, anthropology, and philosophy. From a young age, Max stood out as unusually mature. One now-retired senior administrator at the University of Dayton, who knew him well when he was as a pre-schooler, recalled fondly that Max “took no prisoners in conversation.” This quality never abated, although as he grew, Max became increasingly reflective, generous, and at peace.

In the past year, and upon the encouragement of his first and only true love, Max again studied and explored the Christian faith. He was inclined to view intelligence as a moral and universal phenomenon, and all people as capable of honesty and therefore worthy of our deepest respect. Max and his soulmate even mused about how they might one day start a family together, with Max insisting on the desirability of three girls and no more than one boy, and then only if he was gay.

Maxwell is survived by his immediate family: mother, Maude Falcone; father, Steven P. Dandaneau; stepmother, Debra K. Dandaneau; older brother, Patrick Falcone; and younger step-sister, Eleanor Dandaneau; intimate family, friends, and friends of the family—from Maryland to California, Massachusetts to Florida, and overseas—join in mourning Maxwell’s tragic, accidental passing.

Cremation is planned with a private gathering of family and friends to be held later. To leave on-line condolences, please visit the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home at

In lieu of traditional memorials, Max, who this past summer enjoyed the warmth of a local friend’s extended family’s generous hospitality in Lima, Peru, requests that we resolve to cease talk of building walls and instead work to love one another as best we can, a project which, he knew, often requires the challenging work of deconstructing the walls we erect internally. His family and friends are profoundly saddened that Max did not have more time to work on the latter, on which he was making admirable progress, but could not be more proud of his consistent vision and heartfelt advocacy for the former.

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