Stanley Ray Traxler


Nov. 12, 1943  –  Nov. 6, 2023


image of Stanley and Linda Traxler

Stanley and Linda Traxler

Our beloved Stan passed away peacefully on Nov. 6th, at Overtake Hospital, six days before his milestone 80th birthday. He’d been looking forward to celebrating it. But, unexpectedly, on Oct. 23rd, he had to be admitted to the hospital’s ICU, for treatment of para-influenza, pneumonia, and acute hypoxic respiratory failure.

Stan is survived by his loving family:  his wife Linda; son Andy (Kate); daughter Kim (John); grandchildren Madison (Jake), Olivia, Margot; his brother David; sister Sharon Stickler; sister-in-law Nancy Lancaster; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Roberta Byers.

Stan and Linda

Stan was born on Nov. 12, 1943, in Lafayette, Indiana, to Velma Mae Holbrook and Melvin Prine Traxler. When Stan was six months old, his family moved to Coos Bay, Oregon, where Stan lived until he graduated from Marshfield High School in 1962. The following year, he married his high school sweetheart, Linda (Lowe) Traxler. (They celebrated their 60th anniversary in 2023, on Maui.)

Well-known as an athlete in Coos Bay, Stan received 8 Varsity letters. Special Honors were: Chosen as co-captain of both the basketball and football teams; Selected to play in the Oregon State All-Star Shrine Game in football and to the All-Tournament Team in basketball. He also enjoyed track and tennis. Stan showed his leadership skills in high school as President of Boys League, Vice-President of Key Club, and participation in Student Council and Boys’ State.

Stan was accepted to Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. He played football on an Athletic Scholarship, starting as Tight/Split End, for all 4 years. He was selected for the All-NW Conference All-Star Team in 1964 and Captain of the 1965 Willamette Football Team. After Stan graduated from Willamette University in June 1966, with a B.A. degree in Psychology, he and Linda moved to the small town of Monmouth, OR, to study at Oregon College of Education (now named Western Oregon University) with Stan’s Academic Scholarship. He earned a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology in June of 1967.

Subsequently, Stan secured a two-year Academic Scholarship for a “Specialized Ph.D. Program in Deafness” at the University of Pittsburgh. He worked part-time at the Counseling Center for the Deaf, while residing at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.  In July 1969, Stan and Linda returned to the Pacific NW, where Stan helped establish a Regional Post-Secondary School for the Deaf at Seattle Central Community College (“SCCC”).  He initiated an Interpreter-Training program, now offered at the University of Washington. In Oct.1974, Stan was invited by the South African National Council for the Deaf, to be a Consultant for their programs, making visitations and lectures, with interpreters, throughout South Africa.  By 1976, Stan became the Acting Dean of Instruction for SCCC.

With the arrival of Andy in 1975, and Kim in 1977, Stan recognized the need for a more flexible work schedule, to spend quality time with his family. Stan’s love for sports and outdoor activities became cherished family traditions:  skiing, boating, neighborhood football games, etc. Stan became a loved and respected figure in the eyes of his children and their friends and families. He enjoyed surprising his family with vacations to:  Disneyland, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, East Coast and West Coast states. Closer to home, family getaways included annual trips: to Lake Chelan; to the house Stan built for us in Desert Aire; and, to Semiahmoo Resort.

Stan embarked on a new career, in 1978, as a self-employed General Contractor, establishing his successful company, Sterling Design/Build. Over a span of 34 years, Stan undertook 400+ projects, specializing in custom homes and remodels.  He developed positive relationships with the homeowners, subcontractors, suppliers, and architects, fostering a collaborative team approach.  Stan was a hard worker and would often step in to work on any construction job, as needed.

Stan’s zest for life led him outdoors, where he found joy in hiking throughout the Pacific Northwest. However, a serious hiking accident in 2012 altered his life’s trajectory, resulting in a diagnosis of Quadriplegia Incomplete, severely limiting his mobility. However, it did not affect his mental capacity, nor his infectious smile and sense of humor. Undeterred, Stan faced this challenge with resilience, determination, and ongoing medical treatment and therapy. He made remarkable progress with his ability to walk and move around for limited periods.  Later, Stan became an avid reader, when a young neighbor gave him the book, “Unbroken.” He began writing a paragraph in his journals after he finished a book, and gave it a rating of A,B,or C. His final entry showed he had read 388 books since 2012!!

In retirement, Stan wanted to help others. His commitment to service varied, from coaching 5th-6th grade boys basketball at the Boys and Girls Club, to assisting at the Redmond Senior Center kitchen, and Sound Generation, and Hopelink.

In 2018, Stan and Linda moved to Trilogy, a retirement community in Redmond, WA. They enjoyed their new home and the many friendships they made there.   Stan demonstrated kindness and respect for everyone. He was a great man with a caring nature who was consistently a joy to be around. As a devoted husband, father, and fun-loving “Grampy”, he had a way of making everyone feel special. Stan was so loved by his family and many friends. He will be deeply missed. His legacy lives on, not only in the structures he built, but also in the lives he touched. We’ll remember Stan for the motivating and vibrant spirit he had, and for the lasting positive impact he made on the hearts of all who knew him.


12 Responses to “Stanley Ray Traxler”

  • Ruth Delia says:

    Stan I wish I could have known you longer than 3 years! You were a wonderful neighbor. I do miss your front porch impromptu gatherings.

  • Nancy Lancaster says:

    Stan was always like a brother to me. I loved him dearly as did my husband. We did not live close, so when we were able to get together with my sister Linda and Stan,
    it was always like we had never been apart. God rest your soul Stan.

  • Anne Sandbo says:

    This is such a beautiful tribute. I’ll always remember Stan’s smile and his kindness to anyone who crossed his path. He was definitely one of the GOOD ones. Anne

  • Rick Karnofski says:

    Veronica and I moved into Trilogy in June of this year and our house is right across the street from Stan and Linda. Stan was the first to greet me into the neighborhood and I immediately noticed, his positive outlook, outgoing personality and his unique sense of humor. There were countless times during the summer that I was out in my front yard and he would yell, “Hey, Rick, quit working so hard, you are making me look bad!” I only knew Stan for a short time, but I know for a fact that we would have had a very special relationship. Every time I now step out the front door, I wish Stan would be there for that morning or evening hello and catch up on what was going on in our lives. I will miss you my friend.

  • Patty McBee Hanna says:

    Always remember Stan from high school. He and Linda were a blessing to everyone they touched. This story about him is so precious and wonderful. He will be missed by all who knew him.

  • Lilli Ann Kelly says:

    I will always remember Stan’s kindness, thoughtfulness and wicked sense of humor. Many times I would see Stan as he was walking around the block. We would talk for a good 10 to 15 minutes and I always enjoyed our chats. Stan was so caring and funny, he is greatly missed. This is a beautiful tribute to Stan and we will all keep Stan’s memory in our hearts.

  • Donna Howison says:

    Thanks for this tribute to Stan. It helps me to understand what an wonderful, interesting person he was. So many people were welcome to his front porch gatherings. We had a chance to experience his wonderful sense of humor and share fun stories with each other.
    We hope you are having many, good memories of your time together. These memories can make us cry or laugh when they are shared with those we love.
    Love to you and your family.

  • Jim and Sharon Elliott says:

    Sharon and I have had to pause before being able to share comments regarding Stan and Linda. Our emotions are great after having shared so much of a lifelong experience together. I have known Linda since the fifth grade and Stan throughout all of our high school years. We have shared all of those precious high school memories that always become an important part of our life experience. In our case they were very positive memories that we were able to share over and over again as we attended regular reunions with all of our classmates throughout the years.
    It is not possible to put into a few words how blessed we have felt to maintain a relationship with Stan and Linda over a lifetime. Stan and Linda are truly an amazing couple that have impacted so many lives! Although Stan will not be with us physically, his spirit will always be present! Our prayers are for Linda and all of Stan and Linda’s family and friends! We will all be thankful for the special times and experiences we have enjoyed with Stan. He has truly touched all our lives in a very special way! Jim and Sharon Elliott

  • Diana and Don Baldwin says:

    We’ve known Stan and Linda since before any of us had children. Over the years, we enjoyed the wit and caring attitude Stan always shared with anyone who was privileged to be his friend. May you rest in peace our good friend. You will be missed

  • Dean Popp says:

    Reading about Stan’s life brings back fond memories of Salem, Eugene, Milwaukie, West Lafayette, Pittsburgh, Palm Springs, San Diego and Seattle. Carson Hall and Willamette University have a special meaning for Sharon and me because of our friendship with Stan and Linda. In the past few years there have been more phone calls than visits but Stan’s hearty laugh and Linda’s gentle voice remain. It was fun.
    Sharon and Dean Popp

  • don and sarah townsend says:

    I first met stan in 1999 in swanlake. mowing other homes in the neighborhood i made a comment to him to make sure you mow straight lines. that was it, i ended up mowing his place to helping with christmas lights. over the years he was a dad figure to me and linda was his rock. typing this i can hear him in my head. special man. forever in my heart. love to the familly and in heaven hes probably the trails.

  • jay holman says:

    What an inspiring man and great spirit. He had a great life and was lucky to share it with his beloved wife. May he rest in peace in heaven.

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