Judge John Stanton(.)

Judge John Stanton Former Judge John Stanton passed away in Seattle, Washington on Feb. 26, 2013. He loved Kern County, Bakersfield and Tehachapi until he died. Born in Bakersfield, he attended East Bakersfield High School where he excelled in swimming. He was named San Joaquin Valley Individual High Point Champion and in his one semester at Bakersfield College he was named among the top 10 swimmers in America. John went on to graduate from UC Berkeley where he played waterpolo. He graduated from Hastings Law School in 1959. During law school he supported himself as a fireman for the railroads, firing the last of the steam engines. Admitted to the bar on Jan. 6, 1960, he married Millicent Benadik on Jan. 6, 1962. He started a worthy legal career. He spent the most years with Kern County County Counsel's Office finishing in 1987 as Chief Litigator for that office. From 1975 to 1984 he was a judge in East Kern County where he established the East Kern Municipal Court in Mojave and presided in Ridgecrest and Lake Isabella as well. Known as a fair and firm person, he strove to run a local court that was efficient, and promoted a friendly atmosphere among the opposing legal counsels. He had a special concern to bring fair justice to the communities of Tehachapi and Mojave and the young people where he raised his family for 21 years. He was beloved by his family which was extremely important to him. John leaves his loving wife, Millicent, of 51 years, his two cherished sons, Andrew and Ian Stanton, Andrew's wife, Tahl, and his granddaughters, Abra and Lily. He also had a special bond with his brother, Jack L. Stanton and wife, Joyce, joining them to retire in the Northwest on Whidbey Island in 1994. Milli and John made annual trips back to California especially to Kern Co. and to visit son Ian and his nieces and nephews, Maureen Buscher-Dang, Claudia Key, Allene Krizo, Michael Buscher, Mark Buscher, Eric Buscher, Jeffrey Stanton, Tim Stanton, and sister-in-law Margaret Dye. Many colleagues and friends were valued highly and he continued friendships when possible with visits and more frequent emails. Judge Stanton had a great appreciation for his staff at the Mojave and Tehachapi courts. He was a quiet, unassuming man, full of stories and expressions of old Kern Co. history. He especially enjoyed children and young people, animals and nature as well as history and science. Flying his private plane out of Tehachapi brought him many years of relaxation and happiness. John worked in the legal community with a mission to serve the public, promote respect for our courts and system of laws, and gave his best in often difficult cases with integrity and fairness. The value of education was one of his highest priorities. Donations may be made by those who wish to East Bakersfield High School Class of '51 Scholarship Fund, UC Berkeley Scholarships and Hastings Law School. Scholarships will be set up with a special interest in students from Kern County. Family, friends and colleagues are invited to a memorial celebration of Judge Stanton's life. This will be held at Plymouth Hall, United Church of Christ at Real Rd. and Stockdale Hwy. on Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 12:30 to 2:30 P.M. with light lunch refreshments. NO TIES PLEASE! www.bakersfield.com/obits

Published in Bakersfield Californian from Mar. 23 to Apr. 5, 2013