Jan 30, 1950 - March 22, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Stanley Allen Barton, 64, passed away in Oklahoma City on Saturday, March 22, 2014, from pneumonia that was complicated by a long battle with leukemia. He was born on January 30, 1950, in Independence, MO. He grew up in Independence and Kansas City, graduating high school from William Chrisman in 1968 with his high school sweetheart, Jan. He went to college and pursued a degree in physical education at Northwest Missouri State in Maryville, MO, graduating in 1972. He married Jan on July 22, 1972, in Independence. After a short period of teaching driver's education, he began his long career with the Red Bridge YMCA in Kansas City. He has been a part of many branches of the YMCA, including the Westside YMCA in Beaumont, TX; Pittsburg YMCA in Pittsburg, KS; Wendell D. Ley YMCA in Houston, TX; Plano YMCA in Plano, TX; Northside YMCA in Oklahoma City; and finally the Oklahoma City Metro YMCA. He has also been an active member of the Rotary Club for 36 years. In 1995, he was diagnosed with leukemia, but it didn't slow him down -- he continued to work for ten more years as the COO of the Oklahoma City Metro YMCA, then continued to work part time as the YMCA's State Director for the Youth in Government Program, teaching high school students the importance of being involved in local government and leadership. He was preceded in death by his father, Francis Barton; mother, Joyce Barton; and brother, James Barton. He is survived by his loving wife, Janice Barton; daughter, Anne Nicholson, son-in-law, Kevin Nicholson, granddaughter, Noelle and grandson, Ryan, of Frisco, TX; and his son, David Barton, of Austin, TX. He also leaves behind many friends in the YMCA, Rotary, around the world, and great friends at Spring Creek Baptist Church, where he was very involved. In lieu of flowers, he would be pleased if memorial donations be made to the Spring Creek Church Building Fund to honor his legacy. A memorial service will be held on March 31, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Spring Creek Baptist Church at 11701 North MacArthur Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73162.
Published in The Oklahoman on Mar. 30, 2014