It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Stanford Baker Stockdale on April 7, 2014. Stanford died peacefully at Tri City Medical Center in Oceanside, California surrounded by the love of his family and friends.
Stan was born at Stanford University Hospital on Dec. 6, 1959. Son of Sybil Stockdale and the late Admiral James B. Stockdale, Stan and his family moved to Coronado in 1962 when he was three years old. He grew up on “A” Avenue at a time when there were 53 kids near his age on his block including the Reillys, the Johnsons and many, many others. Stan never lacked for friends, as he had natural charm and charisma as well as a fun-loving streak that he shared with all. As a happy kid growing up on A Avenue, he could be found playing Little League or Pop Warner football, riding his skateboard down the block or surfing at North Beach, or just hanging out with his good friends enjoying a childhood life in Coronado to its fullest. Stan spent summers with his family on Sunset Beach in Branford, Connecticut with his maternal grandparents.
Stan attended Glorietta Elementary School and Coronado Jr. High School where his favorite class was Mr. Montague’s shop class, the source of many funny stories. After finishing Jr. High, his family was transferred to the east coast where he attended South Kent School in South Kent, CT and Portsmouth Abbey in Newport, RI. He then spent four years at Colorado College, graduating in 1983 with a Bachelor’s degree in Geology. He later received his Masters in Education from Wesleyan University.
While skiing in Aspen, CO, Stan met his wife Brenda Carlson, and together they raised two daughters, Lucy and Belle. They were married for 18 years.
A career educator, Stan worked as a math and science teacher at Robert Louis Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, CA; Dean of Students at The Blake School in Minneapolis, MN; Head of the Upper School at Graland Country Day School in Denver, CO; and most recently the VP for Development at The Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad, CA. Stan also coached football, one of his favorite past-times.
With his gregarious personality, Stan spread good fun and spirit wherever he went. We will remember his infectious laugh and smile, and his twinkling blue eyes. Beneath the jovial exterior, however, Stan battled alcoholism and ultimately succumbed to the disease. Knowing Stan as we do, we believe he would want us to share this reality so that others might learn from his struggle with addiction.
Stan is survived by his mother, Sybil Stockdale of Coronado, CA; his daughters Lucy and Belle Stockdale of Denver, CO; and his brothers Jim Stockdale of Beaver, PA; Sid Stockdale of Albuquerque, NM; and Taylor Stockdale of Claremont, CA; three sisters - in - law, four nieces and two nephews.
A memorial service for Stan will take place on Saturday, June 7 at 4 p.m. at the Coronado Municipal Golf Course. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in Stan’s honor to a charity of your choice.