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Stanley David (Stan) McEtchin Obituary
STANLEY DAVID MCETCHIN (STAN) Stanley David McEtchin, age 92, passed away on Friday, June 9th, 2017 in Paradise CA. Stan was born on August 5th, 1924 to Mabel Watts and Robert McEtchin in Vancouver BC and he had a younger brother, Robert McEtchin, and a younger sister, Patricia Watts Babcock. Stan enlisted in the Canadian Army at 17 during World War II. He then volunteered for the First Special Service Force (FSSF) in 1943 and served as an ammunition supplier and medic. The First Special Service Force (also known as the Devil's Brigade) was an American-Canadian commando unit which served as the first unit of special forces in the military. The FSSF was recently recognized with a Congressional Gold Medal in Washington DC in 2014. When Stan returned from the war, he married Gladys Bouck in 1946 in Calgary, Alberta. They had three children, Marjorie-Jean (1947), Donald Bruce (1949), and Stanley Douglas (1951). He moved his family from Canada to the US in 1964, settled in Burlingame CA, and he soon became an American citizen. His career included being a welder in the shipyards, a radio and TV repairman, an owner of several auto wrecking yards, a general machinery maintenance and repairman, and a refrigeration installation and repairman. He was also an avid Ham Radio Operator (WD6-KDZ) for several years. He met his current wife, Captain Eileen Robbins, in Seattle and they were married in 1980 in Reno. They lived in a suburb of Seattle and relocated to Paradise in 1984. Stan is well recognized in Butte County for his metal sculptures, both for his whimsical artwork as well as his beautiful ornamental ironwork, which includes gates and fences all around Paradise. Stan volunteered his time and helped many of the small businesses in the area. He was on the Board of the Paradise Irrigation District, belonged to the Chamber of Commerce, and he assisted the town engineer on many of the town projects. Stan's generosity, joy of life, and sense of humor will be missed. Stan is survived by his wife of 37 years, Eileen; his sister Pat Babcock; his sons Bruce McEtchin and Douglas McEtchin; his daughter Jean Cooper; and his 6 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert McEtchin. There will be a Memorial for Stan on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Paradise Ridge Senior Center, 877 Nunneley Road, Paradise, CA 95969, with a reception to follow. We encourage anyone who knew Stan to join us for the Memorial. Stan's ashes will be buried with the First Special Service Force in Lethbridge, Alberta.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record from June 18 to June 19, 2017
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