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Originally published Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 6:54 PM

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Marine Capt. Daniel Bartle, 27, of Ferndale, dies in helicopter crash in Afghanistan

Marine Capt. Daniel Bartle, 27, from Ferndale, Whatcom County, died Thursday in a helicopter crash while serving his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Seattle Times staff reporter

He was a high-school valedictorian, a congressional page and a United States Naval Academy graduate.

Marine Capt. Daniel Bartle, 27, from Ferndale, Whatcom County, died Thursday in a helicopter crash while serving his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.

According to his brother-in-law, John Davis, authorities told the family the crash was likely due to mechanical failure. There was no enemy activity in the area, according to the Department of Defense.

Bartle was one of the two pilots, the department reported. The accident, which killed six, happened in Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand. It was the deadliest crash since August, when 30 American troops died after a Chinook helicopter was apparently shot down in Wardak province in the center of the country.

The Marines in Thursday's crash were based in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Bartle grew up in Missoula, Mont., and moved to Ferndale while in high school, graduating in 2002, Davis said.

He decided to serve his country while working as a congressional page in Washington, D.C., Davis said.

With sponsorship from U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Lake Stevens, Bartle entered the Naval Academy, majoring in electrical engineering and minoring in Spanish, Davis said. Bartle graduated in 2006.

Davis said Bartle likely would have made a career in the military: "He was very happy in the Marines."

He was due to return home in September.

Bartle is survived by an older sister and brother and by his parents, John and Sandra, who live in Ferndale.

Nancy Bartley: 206-464-8522 or nbartley@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @BartleyNews. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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