OBITUARY

Stanley W. Stamps

June 27, 1938April 1, 2021
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Stanley W. Stamps (Stan) Lt. Colonel USAF (Retired)

Stan, at the age of 82 made his last flight west during the early morning of April 1, 2021, opening day of the MLB season; He was probably flying an H-3 helicopter!

He was born in Evansville, Ind. in 1938 and was raised in Boonville Ind. He graduated from Boonville High School in 1956. He played basketball in high school and received a Basketball Scholarship to attend Evansville College (now Evansville University). He graduated in 1960. He immediately entered the USAF, attended fixed wing pilot training as a prerequisite of Helicopter School, received his silver wings and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt.

He then served as a helicopter pilot/operations officer at the following stateside locations: Little Rock AFB, AR, Matagorda Island AFB TX, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, and Langley AFB VA. He served overseas in Ecuador, South Korea, Japan, Okinawa, Vietnam, and Thailand. He flew H-19’s and finished his flying career in an H-3 catching Drones midair in foreign countries which were very crucial in averting activity of the enemy moving into South Korea. He retired from the USAF at Davis-Monthan AFB in Jan 1985.

He is survived by three daughters: Sara Clifton (Todd deceased) of Cary, NC, Tara Burge of Phoenix, AZ, Lana Meell of Phoenix, AZ and his son, Mark Stamps (Liane Wife) of Chandler, AZ. He is also survived by Debi Dorman (Caregiver), Joe (deceased) and Carolyn Dupont, friends of 37+ years, Art and Mariann Straub, neighbors of 37+ years and Melinda Hinkle (friend/caregiver) of 22+ years.

He is also survived by 9 grandchildren, as well as 6 great grandchildren.

Stan was extremely proud of his AF service and his setting an AF Record with 4,045 flying hours in the H-19 helicopter.

His friendly smile, pleasing personality and great sense of humor will be missed by many.

An “Invitation Only” Memorial Service will be held at East Lawn Palms Mortuary, 5801 E Grant Rd. Tucson, AZ on April 16, 2021; at 11:00 AM. The service will be livestreamed on Facebook by going to East Lawn Palms Mortuary & East Lawn Palms Cemetery | Facebook at the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the Arizona Cancer Center, 3838 N. Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719. Any mailings can be sent to Stan Stamps, 4055 W Dublin St, Chandler, AZ 85226

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Mark Dorman

April 16, 2021

It was an honor to host Stan in our home for the last few months of his life. His skill as a pilot was only matched by his vibrant larger than life personality. My dad’s best friend was also a pilot and also a Col. and I am very aware of the effort and capabilities needed to attain that high of rank. Stan was one of the best; he had to be to have pulled the duties assigned him. Fair skies and following winds, Sir.

Ginger Collier

April 16, 2021

Sara, Tara, Lana, Mark and families,
There is absolutely no one in the world like our Uncle Stan! For the many years that he shared laughter and jokes on his visits to Indiana, and for his love of family times together, we will always remember. Love to all, Ginger, David, Elizabeth and Jaclyn

Gary Scott

April 15, 2021

Stan was my baseball Buddy for 20 years. I met him at Hi Corbett Field, as he was a Rockies spring training season ticket holder. In the last 10 years, Stan and I attended Cleveland spring training games all over in the Phoenix area. I loved his knowledge and enthusiasm for the game, it was a privilege to spend time with him. Also my being a helicopter guy as Stan was, we shared many military stories and world travel experiences, plus discussions of Indiana basketball. Stan will be deeply missed, but all who met him are better for the chance to know a truly great guy.

Marilyn Zabowsky

April 10, 2021

I am sorry about the loss of your father. I will keep him in my prayers. Marilyn Zabowsky

Barbara Wilkinson

April 10, 2021

I am sorry about the loss of your father. Barbara Wilkinson

Gary Pruitt

April 9, 2021

Sadden to hear of Stan passing. At the same time we are comfortable that he is safe, free of any discomfort. We met Stan at Langley AFB in the late 1970s and have enjoyed communicating with him ever since. He was an honorable and humble man, a great Air Force Officer, and friend. May he rest in peace. Maxine and I offer our prayers and thoughts to the family.

Debra Wallace

April 8, 2021

Stan I will miss your wit and wisdom. The night hours will never be the same again. So glad I got to meet you and be part of your life. I loved your stories of life and living. I know Debi won't miss our last night talks but I will. May you find unlimited amounts of caramel and apples. You have touched the lives of so many. See you on the other side my friend.

Carlos Alegre

April 8, 2021

Stan was exactly the type of person that makes it easy to continue caregiving every day, very kind & appreciative. I miss you already big guy. Rest in peace Stan, I love you

Debi Dorman

April 7, 2021

I had no idea that when we met a year and a half ago what a big part of each other's lives we would become. We spent a lot of quality time together going places, doing things, sharing stories, telling jokes, laughing, eating way too much candy and enjoying life and each other's company. You will always be an officer and a gentleman. A man of integrity. Kind. Caring. Generous. Wise. Funny. Stubborn. You were a fighter all the way to the end. I will always admire your perseverance. I miss you so much and am sad that you are gone but I'm thankful that you no longer have to endure the health challenges that you were facing. You are free. I love you.

Marsha Miller

April 7, 2021

Sorry my friend Stan has left us for Higher Home! I've known him for many years as I babysat with his and Rita's kids! They left Boonville but always kept in touch! I love and cherish the Memories we shared, may God bring comfort to family and friends. RIP Stan

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