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Stanley Valentine Hajduk M.D. Jr. Obituary
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August 8, 2017
I just learned recently of Stan's passing last fall. I'm very sorry for your loss. He was quite the person and personality. I am fortunate to have great memories of runs I did with him for more than ten years.
As I recall, I first met him in summer or fall of 1996. Our introduction was classic Stan. A mutual friend had suggested that we all meet for a morning run at Nisene Marks Park to talk about a possible future fun' run in Death Valley the following spring. I arrived at the entrance to the Park early. No one was there yet so I waited in my car. Shortly thereafter another car drove up and a tall man got out of the vehicle. He was dressed as a runner although he wore two different brightly colored high socks and wore one white glove and one red glove. He looked up and down the road leading to the Park entrance (this was in the parking area that is adjacent to the bike shop). Not seeing anyone he returned to his car, rummaged around for a moment and then went back out to the middle of the road carrying three bowling pins! And then he started juggling them. You can imagine what I was thinking; who is this guy, why is he wearing those socks and gloves, and why is he juggling in the middle of the road?'
A few minutes later our mutual friend, Mark the Butcher showed up along with their friend Dennis. Several others arrived and I was introduced to Stan and the group. We had a great first run lots of chatter, flying insults and laughter. And that is basically how all my other runs with Stan were; some kind of unusual pre-run activity or conversation followed by a very fun time where nothing was sacred and all things and people were subject to Stan's total enjoyment of life.
I was fortunate to go to Death Valley a number of times to run with the Tullamore Dew Running Club, an unofficial club that I believe Stan co-founded with a few others many years before I joined. Each year an eclectic group of diehard ultra marathoners and recreational runners (I was in the latter group) would converge in Death Valley in February to run some canyon. Stan was always a huge part of the entertainment. He juggled, tied balloons, told jokes and generally ensured that there was never a dull moment. It was even fun to listen to Stan and Dennis argue their political viewpoints during a long run; Stan the liberals' liberal and Dennis, a conservative conservative. I occasionally brought my wife and daughter to these events and Stan always spent some time getting to know them.
I will miss Stan as a wonderful person and as a great running partner. I think of him each time I am in Nisene Marks Park, and whenever I think of Death Valley. I have photos on my office wall of Stan and several of our mutual friends when we ran Way to Cool, a 50k run outside of Auburn back in 2000 so the memories are ever present.

Dan Firth
May 19, 2017
I had the honor and privilege of knowing Stan for eight years. As the insurance broker for his group's medical malpractice insurance, I looked forward to driving down to Watsonville from Sacramento each and every year. I recall fondly many lunch meetings with him and the physicians of the ER at Watsonville Community Hospital. Stan always had a kind word to say and his ability to put people at ease was one of his greatest strengths. I will miss his laughter, his kindness, and most of all, his friendship.
April 10, 2017
I just found out about Dr. Stan's passing this past October and wanted to send my condolences to his family. Stan really helped me when I was preparing to go on my Insulin Pump with valuable advice and great pointers. I am very appreciative for his help and I told him thanks many times!
-Dave Dreyfus
April 10, 2017
I just learned of Dr. Stan's passing and wanted to send my condolences to his family. Stan was so great and was truly a strategic advisor to Mr when I was preparing to go on my Insulin Pump. I'll always remember his great advise and pointers. Miss him big time!
-Dave Dreyfus