John W. Stevens H’72 died on July 22, 2023, in Calais, Maine.
(The following was provided by the Bangor Daily News on July 25, 2023)
Indian Township – John Wallace Stevens passed away peacefully at Calais Community Hospital on Saturday July 22, 2023, surrounded by family. John was born at Peter Dana Point on August 11, 1933.
John was predeceased by his parents, George and Mariah Stevens; his daughter, Ann Socobasin; his brothers, Eugene Stevens, George Stevens Jr., Richard “Dickie” Stevens, and Benjamin Stevens; and sisters, Madeline Paul, Rita Ranco, and Phyllis Sabattus; grandson, Chris Francis; granddaughters, Mary Socoby, Tonya Socoby, Felicia Tomah, and Abigail Francis; special nieces, Shirley Cogswell, Lorraine Gabriel, and Maryellen Stevens; and special nephews, George Sabattus and Cheyenne Muwin. He will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by his wife, Carol Stevens; children, Adrien Stevens and sons, Lance and Bronson Roberts, and Bernadette; special son-in-law, Gene Francis; grandkids, Shawn and wife, Patty Socoby, Zou and wife, Leeann Francis, Justin Lola and kids, Wynona Lola, Rick A. Dana II, Nakoma Lola and Justin Lola, Elona Muwin and daughter, Tiffany Socoby, Mike Dwelley and daughter, Lacey and husband, Eagle Piper, Mark Dwelley and children, Andrew and wife, Emily Dwelley, Jeremy and wife, Emma Dwelley, Tori and husband, Joe Harnois, and Tom Dwelley, wife, Jessica, and daughter, Jordan and husband, Bryce Korb; grandsons, Roger and wife, Lisa, Joseph and wife, Jennifer, and John and companion, Stephanie; granddaughter, Maddy Moore and son, Sebastian; and sister, Mildred Yatrousis.
John was a proud veteran of the U.S. military. He honorably served his country as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps from 1951 to 1954. He earned honor and distinction for his service on the front lines of the Korean War.
After his time in the Marine Corps, John came home and became one of the longest serving Passamaquoddy Chiefs since the mid-1800s. When John was not chief, he was elected to the tribal council, devoting more than 40 years to his community. He served on various committees such as Native American Rights Fund, Commissioner of Maine Indian Affairs, President of TRIBES Tribal High School and a long-time member of the United Southern and Eastern Tribes. John had a profound love for his people and leaves a lifelong legacy of public service to his family and the Passamaquoddy Tribe.