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Stanley Walton


Stanley Victor Walton, died peacefully at home with his family at his side on July 11, 2008. He was 98 years old and preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Madelyn. A remarkable man, loved by all that knew him, he will be missed. He also will be remembered for his gentlemanly kindness and considerate approach to life and his friends.

Stan was born in Berkeley, California on October 6, 1909, attended Berkeley High School then the University of California, Berkeley in 1928. He was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. His education was interrupted by the economic times but Stan persisted in pursuit of his education and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Science at the University of California, Davis in 1937. An active student, Stan was president of the Honor Society, member of the Student Body Executive Committee, and a University of California, Davis cheer leader.

Following graduation from the University of California, Davis, Stan joined the University of California Extension Service. In 1944 he enlisted in the United States Navy and was the communications officer for Admiral Joy in the Pacific Theatre. Following the war he developed the Donner Ski Ranch at the top of the Donner Summit. As an avid skier, he was coach, trainer, and mentor to his daughter Starr, from her childhood to her being chosen to become a member of the 1964 Olympic Team, competing in Innsbruck, Austria. Stan was an excellent skier, United States Senior Champion in 1964, recipient of the Charles Procter Award and retired from skiing at the age of 88. During his active years in skiing, he was elected President of the Far West Ski Association and a member of the National Ski Association Board of Directors. Stan was elected to the California Kandahar Ski Club in 1950, later served as president of the organization 1970-71 and was of only two members to be awarded life long honorary membership.

Using his agronomy education, in 1950, Stan became active again in agriculture, initially associated with Cal Approved Seed Association and the California Farm Bureau. As a licensed pilot, he cofounded Farm Air Inc. an agricultural aviation company based in Yolo and Sacramento Counties. He retired from an active business career in 1978. This allowed him to pursue his love of skiing and tennis. Stan was an active Rotarian, beginning with his membership in the Truckee Rotary in 1948 and subsequently joining Sacramento Rotary. His active participation led to his receiving the Paul Harris Award in 1985 and elected to Honorary Member of the Rotary Club.

Stanley died leaving his daughter, Starr Walton Hurley, grandson, Brandon Walton Hurley, his wife, DeAnn, brother, Bill, his wife Gloria and nieces, Brenda, Tracy, Robin and nephew Bill, Jr.

A celebration of his truly remarkable life will be held on Sunday, July 27th 2-4pm in his home. Remembrances should be directed to University of California, Davis Cancer Center, Yolo Hospice or charity of choice.

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I am sorry

ikeparsons Dec 31 2008 12:00 AM

Will be sorely missed as Stan was always someone we were so glad to see.

Bob & Barbara Mc Nairn Jul 24 2008 12:00 AM

Our thoughts are with you during this sad time. Mary and Cass

Mary Mastalski Jul 21 2008 12:00 AM

You were truly one of the "good guys". You will be missed!

John Mitchell Jul 21 2008 12:00 AM

It was unfortunate to learn about your passing Stanley. You were a great supporter of the ski industry and the Republican Party and your efforts will be missed. I remember back in 1988 when you and your late wife Madelyn worked at the Republican Party HQ in Davis back in the 1988 campaign and oh what a joy that was and then there was your contributions to the Ski Industry as well as I appreciated going to the Ski Resort that your late wife Madelyn was involved in creating: Soda Springs when I was younger and I hope to go to Donner Ski Ranch soon as well. And Thanks...Rest in Peace Stanley you'll be missed and you will certainly get your star in heaven that you rightfully deserve.

Coleman "Tom" Randall, Jr Jul 20 2008 12:00 AM