Stanley Harold Soroken
Salinas - Stanley Harold Soroken of Salinas, California, passed away on May 31, 2021, at the age of 80. Stan was born in Los Angeles on September 29, 1940, the second child of six to Arthur and Julia Soroken. The family moved to Salinas when Stan was a toddler. Stan joined the Army in 1957 and was stationed in Germany for two years during which time he played trumpet in the Army Band. Stan's love of music began at age 10 when his mother signed him up for weekly music lessons in San Francisco - to which he traveled alone by bus to attend his treasured
classical trumpet lessons. He was a quick study and a talented musician, playing for many influential Latin, Rock, and Jazz bands in the 60's and 70's. Stan was a business-owner, operating printing and graphics businesses in Salinas and Monterey; however, playing music was his lifelong passion. His motto was, "Travels with trumpet." Indeed, Stan never went anywhere without a trumpet. Stan was a member of many bands throughout his long musical career, which also included Big Band and Swing bands. For many years, he played every Thursday night at Severino's in Aptos. Stan was a member of the Jaycee's, the Elks, the Rotary, the Musician's Union, and the American Federation of Music, which he joined at age 13. Interacting with Stan was always an adventure - from his intricately designed paper airplanes, which wowed children around the globe, to his unparalleled form of comedy, sharp wit, and intellectual stamina that will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Stan is preceded in death by his mother and father and eldest brother, Marvin.
He is survived by his loving wife, Louise, with whom he shared the love of playing music in the Watsonville Community Band; his brother Josef (Claudie), sisters Marsha Cohen, Eydie and Ethel (Bruce) Cristol. Four children - Armin (Uschi) Woods; and with first wife, Erika - Tamara Quin, Tanya (Tom) Shroeder, Nathan Soroken; 7 grandchildren - Jenny (Paul) Turley, Giulia Woods, Devon Quin, John-Luke and Callie Shroeder, Torin and Anya Soroken; and great-grandson Leonhard Turley.
Viewing will be at Struve & Laporte Funeral Home, 41 West San Luis Street, Salinas, Ca. 93901 on Monday, June 7, 1:00 - 4:00 pm.
A celebration of life in honor of Stan will be held later this summer.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to either Temple Beth El, 1212 Riker Street, Salinas, Ca. 93901 or Central Coast VNA & Hospice , 45 Plaza Circle, Salinas, CA. 93901 in Stan's memory
Funeral Arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home.
Online condolences to www.struveandlaporte.com
Published by The Salinas Californian from Jun. 3 to Jun. 4, 2021.