Jimmy Darrell Standefer was born in a little cabin in Sardis, Oklahoma on Nov. 8, 1944 to Leta Belle Maxey Standefer and John Carl Standefer.
His life has been epic in so many ways: as a world class sculptor whose works have been purchased for the Oklahoma Governors Mansion and for several Senatorial offices in Washington, D.C., and as a master teacher in the areas of History and Biology as well as Art, well loved by his students and remembered by all as their Leonardo Man.
He spent most of his working life in Alaska, where spare time was spent scaling mountains and walking in the woodlands with good friends who were also Mountain Men. Seldovia became his heart's home and those friends became family.
Jimmy succumbed to Alzheimer's disease on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 after 13 years of endurance and much accomplished even during that time.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Standefer, of Caballo, New Mexico; his brother, John Michael Standefer of Kasilof; his niece Rena Megan Anderson of Soldotna; his nephew John Garland Standefer of Seattle, Washington; his sons, Sean Christian Standefer and Michael Shea Standefer of Kasilof; and by his daughter Shara Standefer Montoya and his grandsons Quinton, Colton and Cole Montoya of Caballo, New Mexico.
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Dec. 7, 2016