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March 20, 1980 – Nov. 27, 2013

Daniel Scott McParlane, 33, an Erie County sheriff’s deputy and chairman of the West Seneca Democratic Party, died Wednesday from injuries suffered in a car crash on Indian Church Road, West Seneca.

Mr. McParlane, a resident of West Seneca, was born in Buffalo, the son of Diane and James J. McParlane Jr. In his youth, he was a Boy Scout, an altar server at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church and a Buffalo News paper carrier.

He played trombone as a child and also learned piano, which he continued to play for years.

Mr. McParlane graduated from West Seneca West Senior High School and Medaille College, where he studied business administration. In 2007, he was hired as an Erie County sheriff’s deputy, and worked both in the downtown Holding Center and the Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden.

At the time of his death, he was planning to return to work after almost a year spent recovering from injuries suffered while breaking up a fight among inmates in the Holding Center.

Mr. McParlane was the former chairman of the Erie County Young Democrats group. He also belonged to the Police Emerald Society of Buffalo and the West Seneca Civil and Patriotic Commission and was a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association.

Mr. McParlane’s family, to whom he was known as “Danny,” said he was an avid hunter who loved to cook homemade meals and soups for his family and friends. He was described as a great family man, loving and generous, always ready to lend a hand. He was proud of his South Buffalo roots and a fan of the Buffalo Bills and Sabres, as well as the New York Yankees and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame University.

Mr. McParlane was inspired to enter politics because of his admiration for Presidents John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton.

In addition to his parents, Mr. McParlane is survived by two brothers, James J. III and Sean; and his grandmother, Mary Krnjaich.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:15 a.m. Monday in St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 1140 Abbott Road.