6/11/2013 1:00:00 PM A family left incomplete Maxson struggles to accept brother's unexpected death; mother misses eldest son
Tom Maxson and his mother LaDonna Maxson, grieve the loss of Danny Maxson, Tom’s brother and LaDonna’s eldest son. “He was an awesome brother and a terrific friend,” Tom says. “I miss him just being here,” LaDonna says.
CAMP VERDE - Tom Maxson of Camp Verde misses his brother Danny.
"He was an awesome brother and a terrific friend," Tom said of his 55-year-old brother, who was found dead on May 20 in a culvert off Vail Lane in Camp Verde. "He was a go-to guy, a real people person.
"He would talk to you, no matter who you are," Tom said. "You could ask him to help you with anything and he would do it.
"Everybody loved him. We all miss him."
Danny Maxson, who was last seen by his family at his Camp Verde home on May 12, had been a volunteer fireman for the Camp Verde Fire District and had worked for Flame Propane.
"The last time we saw him was Mother's Day," Tom said. "We hadn't heard from him since then. Mom checked on him two days later.
"He helped me cook," LaDonna Maxson said of her eldest son. "He liked to cook. He cooked on Thanksgiving and he cooked pies for us. His grandfather taught him how to bake pies."
"His favorite things to do were camping and fishing," Tom said of his older brother. "I miss camping and fishing with him.
"He wasn't much into sports," Tom said. "He was a cowboy underneath. He liked to put on his cowboy boots."
"When I come home, when I see the yard, I think of him," Tom said. "He would keep the yard irrigated. He was the farmer in the family. He'd be the one to feed the animals."
Danny liked to cook. And Danny liked to eat. He especially liked to eat spicy foods.
"He loved hot food," Tom said. "He was fond of hot, Mexican food. It didn't seem like anything was hot enough for him."
Though Danny had his own home, he ate most every dinner with his brother and mother.
"I think about Danny when we sit at the table," Tom said. "He always sat across from me."
Besides sharing a meal with his family, one of Danny's favorite places to eat was Sweet Grace Restaurant in Camp Verde.
"While they were cooking his meal, he's go into the kitchen and talk with them," Tom said. "They used to say that he was one of the family."
Sweet Grace Restaurant has offered to supply food and drinks for Danny's memorial service, to be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Louis and Irene Rezzonico's house, 4201 E. 260 in Camp Verde. Tom said he wants the memorial service to be open to the public, because he and his mother want to meet Danny's friends.
"I still think he's going to come through the door," LaDonna said. "I miss him just being here."
Tom also admits to being in denial over Danny's death.
"It still hasn't really sunk in yet," Tom said. "I still expect to hear his TV playing too loud."
"He loved watching 'NCIS,'" Tom said. "He liked those crime series. He liked 'Law and Order.' He'd watch them over and over and over."
Tom and LaDonna have set up an account at National Bank to offset costs of the memorial service. The account is set up under the name Daniel Maxson.
I lived down the street from the Maxson's for MANY years. They were always like family to me. I am so sorry for your loss and you have been in my thoughts and prayers. Dan is now fishing with his dad! RIP Dan!
Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
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I had only met him a couple times at the mobile park where we live.He seemed like a very nice person. Im so sorry this happened .