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Forest Lawn Funeral Home & Cemetery

6701 30th Ave SW, Seattle, WA

OBITUARY

Stanley Michael Stavish

March 7, 1967January 5, 2020

Stanley Michael Stavish, Jr. age 52, passed away peacefully at home. I say peacefully half heartedly because even towards his final days, Stan was his usual self, keeping Rhianna, his daughter, and Liz, his wife, on their toes. He was full of antics, humor, sarcasm, and wit.

Stan was an avid reader taking after his mother, Martha who was a Librarian at Binghamton University. He was extremely knowledgeable about a variety of subjects which made him an interesting conversationalist and a challenge in debates.

He was a skillful fly fisherman; a skill he learned from his father. Stanley Sr. and Stanley Jr. together spent many summers fishing the rivers of Montana together. Stanley was graceful and most happy being one with the river.

Stanley was a music enthusiast and loved watching live music. He met many of his friends through that common bond. Once you’ve connected with Stan, you'll remain connected. He was excellent in maintaining long lasting relationship through his thoughtful letter writing.

Stanley was a devoted father. Rhianna, as you all know was Stan's most precious gift. Rhianna is and always will be his shining light; full of kindness and gentleness.

Liz and Stanley’s relationship was filled with love, joy, and many adventures. They saw the world in unison, sharing precious memories of amazing locations, peaceful Montana rivers, stunning sunsets and mind blowing experiences. They were on the go living life to the fullest. As Stan always says, "it's not the year's, it's the mileage". His presence will be greatly missed.

He leaves behind his loving mother, Martha; father, Stan Sr.; precious daughter, Rhianna and devoted wife, Liz; brothers, Nick, Mark and Michael; and many other caring relatives.

Special thanks and recognition to all the friends and family who have helped us along this journey. Keep Rockin’ and a Rollin’ Stanley!

In lieu of flowers, Stanley had requested that donations be made to his family’s foundation that supports other families dealing with cancer.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, January 18, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 18, 2020

Memories

Stanley Michael Stavish

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Kathy (KB) Bates-Woodward

January 18, 2020

I’m sorry I can’t be there in Seattle today. Stan was a brother to me. He teased me in goofy ways almost as much as my blood relative brother. He will always have a pace in my heart. We met in Binghamton at a party, the first night I came to town to visit Cathy Malloy. About 5 years later, Stan, Cathy and I would become housemates in San Francisco. Not long after, I remember clear as day two smiling faces sharing with me they were having a baby. Stan and Rosemary were adorably excited. For a good 15 years or so thereafter I saw Stan many times on his SF trips and vowed to visit him/visit Pacific Northwest. Only within the past few years ago did I finally make it, twice. I had no idea what an avid gardener he’d become til I visited Stan and Liz’ beautiful home. I was awed and amazed by his music poster framed art. Not to mention the Yankee shrine in the garage. Most recently Ted and I visited in May 2019. He was doing really well then, we had a great time going out tasting local brews and eating killer seafood. I’m holding that last memory of seeing him in person and just spending time together laughing and talking about baseball in my heart forever. I wish all other of Stanley’s immense circle of family and friends peace and love. KB

Paul McLaughlin

January 18, 2020

I met Stanley about 5 years ago and soon after we became friends. Stanley was very driven to be the best he could be. His love for his family gleamed with every smile. His love for the Yankees and knowledge of music was over the top. He also was in my opinion a Master Gardener. Stanley's Garden was a sanctuary of joy for him and a large part of his life. I will miss him like a brother.

Dr. Joe and Heidi McMenamin

January 16, 2020

May Stanley Sr. and his wife ....
and all the rest of Stanley Jr’s family and friends .... find peace in having had the blessing of the opportunity to share their special time together .
Hang in there and support each other at this great time of mutual need .
God Bless !!!

Thomas Lavan

January 10, 2020

I will remember the last tiine Stan was in Wilkes Barre and spending time with Stan It was a great night. Stan was a kind and caring person. I will miss him.

Rob Rifenburgh

January 9, 2020

My love to Liz, Rhianna and Stan’s family and loved ones. Stan and I also shared a great love for music; the hard drive of music he gave me was a special gift! The amount of music was enormous; I only hope to be able to listen to it all before I am called. I will miss you my Brother and you will always be in my heart. Until we meet again please keep a place at the table for me.

Love you!

Rob

Andy Pope

January 9, 2020

Stan was an amazing man; all of my best baseball memories include him in one way or another.

I’ve never met an individual so comfortable with telling someone an uncomfortable truth, while making that person feel cared for. Even towards the end, his humor was infectious, his emotional energy boundless (even if his physical energy wasn’t), and my piece of the world will have a hole in it now that he’s gone.

Stan, I love you bro, I hope you’re finding rest from your mortal cares now... and of course, bringing your own special flavor of fun to the eternities.

Paul Corrigan

January 9, 2020

Love my pal Stan. See you again my dear brother.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY