Dylan Thomas Stafford

2001 - 2021



Dylan Thomas Stafford, 19, of Muncie, passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2021 near Shelbyville, TN.


Dylan was born on November 29, 2001 in Muncie. He was a 2020 graduate of Muncie Central High School. Dylan was enrolled and had been accepted into the Ball State University Miller Honors College. He was a Miller Scholarship Finalist and was awarded the Presidential Scholarship.


Dylan is survived  by his mom, Erin Smith (husband Ben) of Muncie, with whom he lived; father, Michael Stafford Jr. (wife Elissa) of Noblesville; siblings, Ryan Stafford, Riley Stafford, Allie Stafford, Evan Smith, Emilee Smith, and Piper Stafford; maternal grandmother, Laura Joviala (husband Michael); paternal grandparents, Michael Sr. and Susan Stafford; step-grandmother, Barbara  Smith; and step-grandparents, Roy and Janet Homan and great-grandmother, Mona Price, as well as several very special  Uncles, Aunts, Cousins and countless friends, coaches and trainers, and his long-time girlfriend, Cate Guarnery.


Dylan was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Thomas Gillespie and step-grandfather, Billy Smith.


Dylan held many awards and honors in his young life. He graduated with a 4.7 GPA, was a 3-Year Starter for the Muncie Central Varsity Basketball Team and 2-Year Team Captain. He was the recipient of the IBCA Academic All-State Award; NCC 2nd Team All-Conference; Indiana 2nd-Team All-State and many other honors. He had a passion for basketball which began in 7th grade that spurred the development of countless relationships with coaches, trainers, and his beloved Bearcat and Indy Ice Teammates, as well as many of the kids he coached in AAU and worked with at the Muncie YMCA. He was known as the consummate team player, and his unselfish nature allowed him to become the “Team Chauffeur”. Whether it was a workout, a pick-up game or practice, he made sure they were on time, sometimes driving all over the state to do so. He had a special bond with many coaches and trainers, but his bonds with Dennis Trammell, LaSalle Thompson and his Bearcat coaches, were like those of a father.


HIs infectious smile, half-smirk and inclusive personality were well-known throughout East Central Indiana, and especially Muncie. He marched in the Muncie BLM Protest and was vocal about his desire to eliminate prejudice. His work ethic was second to none and well known to people throughout the community, and his “We Before Me” attitude was his mantra. He truly was a die-hard Bearcat who bled purple and he loved the Muncie Community.  May you find peace now, Dylan. You are still, and always will be so loved. “If love alone could have saved you, you would have lived forever.”- David Ellsworth

 #DStaff #DylPickle #Bearcat4Life #OnceABearcatAlwaysABearcat


A Life Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 26th, 2021 at the Muncie Fieldhouse, 525 N. Walnut St., Muncie, IN 47305. Friends and family may gather to share and remember from 3pm to 6pm at the Muncie Fieldhouse.


In lieu of flowers, we have started the Dylan T. Stafford Memorial Fund for friends and family to show their support and to help Dylan's "We Before Me" legacy to live on in our community. Please send contributions to The Dylan T. Stafford Memorial Fund at The Community Foundation of Muncie-Delaware County, PO Box 807, Muncie, IN 47308. Online donations may be made here:


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Steve Maines

April 13, 2021 4:11 PM

Our deepest sympathy, The Maines family

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April 12, 2021 7:54 AM
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April 11, 2021 10:40 PM

Sure a great Sports competitor. I loved watching you play. Let it rain 3's Dstaff

Ariah Feaster

April 11, 2021 10:15 PM

Dylan was a down to earth guy and always showed compassion towards each person he met! Was a great leader, and an amazing person! I was blessed to have known and been around him! He had such an inspiring attitude and was truly determined! May he Rest In Peace🤍

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