Maxwell Dean Stanton June 20, 1927 – October 22, 2012 Maxwell Dean Stanton was born to Frank and Edna Stanton on June 20, 1927, on a ranch in Collbran, Colorado. He graduated from Collbran High School in 1944. He joined the Navy as an Aviation Ordinance on the aircraft carrier Belleau Wood and served in the South Pacific to Japan in WWII. After the service he completed college at Western State College marrying Willetta Crawford in 1948. Upon graduation he was a band director at Nucla, CO, Sargent, CO and Newcastle, CO and last at Steamboat Springs, CO. By this time he had acquired his Master's degree in music and administration. He also built and ran an A&W Root Beer stand in Steamboat Springs selling that and moving to Glenwood Springs in 1965. He built and operated Max's Music Company at 1526 Grand Avenue for 21 years, finally selling the store and retiring. During his years in Max's Music he directed a community band and tried out hundreds of beginning band students at schools to put them on an instrument he knew was right for them to succeed. Music was a huge part of his life in business and in his home. For the last 20 years, Max and his wife Norma Lea have made their home up Four Mile where he enjoyed his music, boating, fishing, the Broncos and raising a big garden. He was preceded in death by his mother; father; son, Roger Dean; nephews, Randy and Gary Dixon, and step-son, Duke Hanson (Sheila). He is survived by wife, Norma Lea; former wife, Willetta; daughter, Sandra Breed (Rich); grandsons, Michael Breed (Angela) and David Breed; sister, Louise Dixon (Charles); brother, Aubrey (Bernie); two nieces and one nephew; sister-in-law, Shirley Wodrick; brothers-in-law, Dale Clark (Kathy); Robert Clark (Sharon); Troy Clark (Cathy); step-son, Clark Hanson (Toni); step-daughter, Kendra LaFon (Randy); ten step-grandchildren, and one great-grandson, Colton Maxwell Breed. In lieu of flowers donation may be made in Max Stanton's name to support the Glenwood Springs Middle School instrumental music program. Send donations to Glenwood Springs Middle School, 120 Soccer Field Rd., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601. Family and friends are invited to graveside services Sunday, October 28, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood Springs.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Oct. 25, 2012