Stanley Edward Willis
July 19, 1986 – March 26, 2002

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Stanley was born in Merced, California to Dr. Christine McFadden and Dr. Thomas Willis. He attended Our Lady of Mercy School from kindergarten through eighth grade. Stanley was a tremendous athlete having been involved in soccer, football, basketball, and baseball. He was also a strong student, having been very successful academically through elementary and high school. Stan was an avid outdoorsman with an interest in hunting and camping, and enjoyed paintball. Stanley had two extremely large loveable dogs- Jack, his Irish Wolfhound, and Tigger his Bouvier that he cared for and tried to keep from destroying his mother’s beautiful trees and flowers.

Stanley was actively involved in Our Lady of Mercy School. He was one of only two or three students that played all three intramural sports provided by the school from sixth grade through eighth grade, and accomplished this while remaining an honor roll student. He played on the “A” team for all three sports from the time he started in sixth grade. Stanley was prominent in all of the school shows often providing and demonstrating his amazing sense of humor, which was enjoyed by all.

In his time at Golden Valley High School Stanley was a member of the freshmen football and baseball teams. Stanley was also involved in all of the honors classes available to freshmen and was very academically successful.

Stanley was the hunter in the family. He was skilled in marksmanship, and demonstrated great pride in his knowledge of gun safety. Stan and his fellow hunting friends provided many adventures in recipes and cooking for his mother with the prizes from their hunting and fishing trips. Somehow, Stanley and his friends believed that Stanley’s mom possessed amazing culinary skill to be able to turn these prizes into gourmet meals. More amazing still, is that Stan’s mom accomplished this feat as they would all sit down to eat what Stan and his buddies had brought. He loved outdoor sportsmanship, and shared this passion with many of his friends. Stanley was also actively involved in paintball competitions and activities.

Stanley shared an extremely close relationship with his mother, brother and sisters. He also had a close relationship with his father, stepmother, brother and sister in Bakersfield. Stan had a large group of friends with several close friendships that he maintained throughout grammar school. Stan was an amazing young man with a tremendous sense of humor and ability to entertain and interact with all ages, children through adults. He was a very calm, loving, intelligent and creative young man with a tremendously quick wit. Stanley had great presence and was a recognizable force as a leader in all that he did. He was well respected and loved by all his peers, their families and all who knew him.



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