Stanley Stewart passed away on November 4, 2017 after a nine-year battle with cancer. He was a man of great character and conviction who committed his life to being a public servant as a wildland firefighter. Stan's dedication to the job was infectious, and his passion to be the best was reflected in his daily actions at work and at home; he never took shortcuts, and taught others what right looks like. Stan's legacy: to always do the right thing, even when nobody is watching.
Stan was an integral part in the personal growth and professional success to hundreds, if not thousands, of young firefighters. The scope of his influence may never truly be known, but the effects will benefit many local fire departments, state and federal agencies for years to come. He lived by the firefighter core values of Duty, Respect and Integrity.
Stan touched the lives of so many people—family, friends and coworkers who knew him personally, and he was also known by countless other colleagues and cooperators across the country. Whether you knew him by name only, or nickname, or just by reputation alone, he was an easily recognizable and memorable man. With that bushy mustache, steely sideways glare and caveman-like grunts—he had presence. In addition, Stan had a swagger that would make some swoon—but that same swagger could make others tremble in their boot¬s!
At home, Stan was a loving father, husband and best friend. He loved nothing more than spending time watching Shane play sports, especially baseball, and spent countless hours cheering on Shane's teams while beaming with pride. Stan always showed his love by doing: whether he was helping Allison with the school book sale, taking Shane to practice or working in the yard, his actions spoke loudly in place of words.
Up until the very end Stan never gave up hope. Traveling to Shane's games was a gift of distraction the past few years, and his love of family kept him going, even when the odds were not in his favor. He will be deeply missed by his wife Allison and their son Shane, daughter and son-in-law Emily and Josh Harp and their son Skyler, sister Sherry McTigue and family, Uncle James Stewart and Aunt Ruth Stewart.
A celebration of life honoring Stan will be held at 1:00 p.m. on December 9, 2017 at the Santa Ynez Equestrian Center located at 195 N. Refugio Road in Santa Ynez.