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On Sunday, September 9, 2018, Stanley E. King, loving husband, father, grandfather, and greatgrandfather, passed away at the age of 85. Although his battle with cancer was brief, Stan was courageous in his fight and surrounded by his dear family at the time of his passing. Stan was born on November 5, 1932, in Visalia, CA, to Jonathan Horace King and Margaret (Hicks) King. The family moved to Fresno, CA in 1936, where Stan attended local schools. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1950, and attended Fresno State College. in June 1951, Stan married his high school sweetheart, Rita Stimmel. Stan was very active in sports and student government in both high school and college, playing baseball and holding various student body offices. His start in service to the community began early and continued well into his 80s. Stan and his ever growing family moved from Fresno to San Jose, CA, to Visalia, CA, to Modesto, CA briefly, back to Visalia, back to Fresno and then, ultimately, landed in Clovis, CA in 1964. With five children in Clovis schools, Stan immersed himself in both civic and school related activities and organizations beginning that same year. Organizations served included the Clovis Lions Club, the Clovis High Boosters Club, co-chair for a Clovis Unified School District Bond Committee, and the Clovis Rodeo Association. These activities soon led to further civic involvement including service on the City of Clovis Personnel Commission, and a run for City Council in 1974. He served two terms as a council member, and as Mayor of Clovis from 1976 to 1978, and again from 1982 to 1984. After a 33 year career in the poultry business, Stan retired in 1984, and became the managing director for the Clovis Memorial District. He continued his active life with eight years of service as the public member of the Local Agency Formation Commission, and four years as a member of the Fresno County Planning Commission. His most recent work has been with the Clovis Cemetery District, for a total of 20 years, and served the past ten as its chairman. Stan was inducted into the Clovis Citizens Hall of Fame in 1997. Not one to have an idle moment in his schedule, Stan's longest running community involvement began with the Clovis Rodeo Association in 1964. He served on the board of directors until 2017, and remained active until his death. His greatest honor was to be selected as the Grand Marshal in 2008. Here, Stan made long lasting friendships and connected with multiple generations of Clovis Rodeo people. An "adopted" dad of the young men under him, the love and respect garnered between Stan and his rodeo family was genuine and ran deep. These are bonds that will never be broken. Stan can be epitomized as a Clovis "icon", as he was heavily involved with a community that was beginning to grow rapidly in the 1970s, and has continued to expand by leaps and bounds over the past 40 years. He always took immense pride in being on the ground floor in the growth and development of his beloved city. Stan is preceded in death by his parents; his precious daughter, Cheryl Lynn (King) Jackson; and his beloved grandson, Jeffrey Simonian. He is survived by his wife, Rita Jean King; his son, Jonathan Randall "Randy" King and his wife Lora; daughters, Judi (King) Simonian and her husband Brent, Patti (King) Gilbert, and Susan (King) Freitas; and his sister, Peggy Riley and her husband Jim. Grandchildren include Sonny Freitas, Peter and Johanna King, Amanda (Simonian) Morrison, Amy (Jackson) Husted and Jonathan and Matthew Gilbert. Stan is also survived by four great-grandchildren, and two nephews. A private family burial will be held at Clovis Cemetery followed by a Celebration of Life at the Clovis Rodeo Grounds on Monday, September 24, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Clovis Rodeo Association Foundation, P.O. Box 445, Clovis, CA 93613; Nancy Hinds Hospice, 2490 W. Shaw Ave. Ste. 101, Fresno, CA 93711; or the .
Published in the Fresno Bee on Sept. 16, 2018
Arrangements under the direction of:
Boice Funeral Home
308 Pollasky Ave | Clovis, CA 93612 | (559) 299-4372
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