Stanley Alan Cassaday Stanley A. Cassaday passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2012, surrounded by his family. Stan was born in Tulare, CA, on January 16, 1947, to Herman J. Sr. and Violet L. Cassaday. He grew up in Tulare, on the family farm. Being the fourth child of five, he learned at a young age, the importance of responsibility and having a strong work ethic. Stan attended Sundale Union (K-8), he graduated from Tulare Union High School in 1965, and later graduated from College of the Sequoias. He married Christine (Tina) Henson on August 1, 1966, in Tulare, CA. This year Stan and Christine celebrated 46 years of marriage. They were blessed with two daughters-Stacy and Suzanne. In June 1967, Stan was drafted. He spent one year in Vietnam. Stan was honorably discharged as a SGT., in June 1969. During his time in service, he received a Purple Heart
, the Vietnam Service Medal w/2 Bronze Service Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. On November 3rd of this year, his name was added to the Fresno V.A. "WALL OF HONOR". In 1970, Stan was burned over 60% of his body in a fire explosion. After numerous months of recovery, he earned a Contractor Licenses in Electrical, Alarm, and Lighting; as well as a California Teaching Credential in adult education. He started S.A. Cassaday Service in 1978. This year marked his 34th year in business. Stan also taught electrical skills for the Visalia Adult School. At the time, it was an unique concept, classes held at the job site. The program provided many local organizations with much needed electrical work. Through the years, he also taught for Tulare Union Adult School and College of the Sequoias. Stan enjoyed fishing and writing poetry-several of his poems were published. He also loved planting enormous gardens. It brought him great joy to share his harvest with others. Stan's flowers were especially beautiful this year. His grandchildren loved being with their "Poppy"-planting, picking, and eating the fruits of their labor. They learned so much from their grandfather, especially the gift of TIME and LOVE. Stan cherished each and every one of them- his five precious miracles! He was an active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the American Legion Post 0015-Tulare, VFW
, AmVets Post 56, and the Visalia Sportsman's Association. Stan was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law Ronald Haney Sr., nephew Stephen Cassaday, and niece Rebecca (Smutz) Ball. He is survived by his wife Christine, daughter Stacy Ballantyne and husband John, daughter Suzanne Mason and husband Jeff, five precious grandchildren-Ashley and Hayley Ballantyne; Allison, Christian, and Gavin Mason. His brothers-Victor K. Cassaday Sr. and Herman J. Cassaday Jr. His sisters-Charlotte L. Haney and Mary K. Smutz. He has eleven nephews and four nieces; and numerous great-nieces and nephews. Our family would like to express our deepest gratitude for the outstanding care and compassion given by Dr. Chawki Gerges (for many years), Patty and Yesenia (from Dr. Gerges' office), Dr. Hany Nasr, Dr. David Cooper, Dr. Matthew Kirkland, Visalia Medical Clinic's Lab & Radiology Department (especially Penny and Jean), Dr. Barry Meyer, Kaweah Delta's ER Department, and the nurses on 3 South (especially Millie, Michelle, Elizabeth, and Tammy). Also a special thank you to Ruthanne Parlier, Joan Bell, Deacon Rick Miller, and Alicia and Gilbert Cortez. Remembrances may be made to The Bethlehem Center c/o Sherald Sluka, 1638 N. Dinuba Blvd. Visalia, CA 93291; the Wounded Warriors Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org
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. A Memorial service will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 5:30 PM, followed by Recitation of the Rosary. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 608 N. Church St. Visalia, on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 10:00 AM. Burial with full military honor to follow at the Lindsay-Strathmore District Cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.