Fred Collins Stalder
1920 - 2020
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Fred Collins Stalder October 12, 1920 - June 30, 2020 San Diego Fred Collins Stalder passed away peacefully at home on June 30, 2020. He was 99. Prior to the onset of dementia, which plagued him in the last five years of his life, Fred was active in San Diego community affairs and the Savings & Loan business.Fred was born in Coalgate, Oklahoma, on October 12, 1920. His mother, Lavinia, was a music teacher, and his father, Fred, owned the local mill. Growing up in a small town during the depression impressed upon young Fred the necessity to plan and prepare for the future. He attended Oklahoma University, where he worked his way through school, and bought his first life insurance policy so that should he die, his parents would have enough money for a funeral and burial. Amazing foresight for a young man, and that mindset remained with him throughout his life.He left University in 1941 to join the Army Air Corps and served as a pilot at air bases in California until the end of WWII. He developed a great love of San Diego and settled there for good in 1945. He raised a family in Pt. Loma, and subsequently moved to La Jolla in 1969.Fred started working at Central Federal Savings in 1948 and became its President in 1963. For the next 20 years, the company grew and prospered until his retirement in 1985. His peers described Fred as a leader and a gentleman, but he was simply "Dad" to his children, and "Uncle Fred" to his nieces and nephew. He was a soft-spoken, hard-working, devoted family man and an example of how to live a meaningful life; an honest life of good character and dignity.His many business and civic activities include: President, Scripps Memorial Hospital Foundation, United Way and Combo; Elder, Pt. Loma Presbyterian Church; Director, SDG&E, San Diego Chamber of Commerce, San Diego Opera Guild, SD Opera Association; Trustee, San Diego Museum of Art; President and CEO, Central Federal Savings and Loan; Director, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco; Trustee, The Savings & Loan Foundation, Washington DC; and Chairman, The Natl Alliance of Businessmen, (San Diego and Imperial Counties).Fred is predeceased by his wife, Christine Cole Stalder. He is survived by and will be deeply missed by his children, Claudia Stalder Ferrara, Barbara Stalder Green and Steven Austin Stalder, and step-children, Loren Stone and Jamie Ibarra, nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. The family wishes to express love and appreciation to Irma Sweeney and Sonia McCamey, who lovingly cared for our Dad in his home for the last five years of his life.

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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Jul. 26, 2020.
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July 31, 2020
As a young teenager, I grew up across the street from Fred and his family on Point Loma. Whenever I was outside he always took the time to come over to see how I was doing in school and sports and we played tennis a few times. He passed his many qualities on to his children and I join them in recognizing his role as a mentor.
Colin Holman
July 28, 2020
I worked at Central Federal from 1978-84 . . . most of it on the 6th flr. where I saw Mr. Stalder nearly every day. He was always a kind man, one of great dignity . . . a man for whom I had great respect. My thoughts are with you, his family.
Diane (Clark) Montgomery
July 26, 2020
Fred was a wonderful man and we loved the Stalder family. We are so sorry for your loss and send our love to your whole family
John Holman and Diana (Woodward) Holman
July 26, 2020
lways a gentleman and a very accomplished man. I had the privilege of working at Central Federal when he was President of the company. My sympathies go out to his family.
Rita Johnson Hirton
July 26, 2020
lways a gentleman and a very accomplished man. I had the privilege of working at Central Federal when he was President if the company. My sympathies go out to his family.
Rita Johnson Hirton
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