Stanley W. Sexton
Oct. 7, 1922-May 28, 2021
Menlo Park, California
Submitted by William J. Cumbelich
Stan Sexton passed away on Friday May 28, 2021 in Los Altos, California. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 72 years Georgia Constance (Georgenis) Sexton.
He was born October 7, 1922 at Central Hospital in Hayward, California, the only child of Angeline (Santos) and Wayne Anthony Sexton. His mother was of Portuguese decent and a native of Hawaii and his father of Scottish descent was born in Kansas.
Stan grew up in the heyday of West Oakland prior to World War II. He came of age during the Great Depression, attended St. Patrick’s and Prescott schools and graduated from Oakland Tech High School, Class of 1941.
He was a gifted athlete and played baseball, basketball and boxed through high school and in the military. He introduced the West Coast jump-shot to many of the boys in the US Army and won boxing titles to boot.
Stan enlisted in the US Army during World War II. He underwent basic training in Texas and was assigned to the 182nd General Hospital in New Orleans. He was sent to England, retrained and fought in France after he became a part of the OSS. He served his country with honor and courage and was a member of the Greatest Generation.
After the War he returned to the Bay Area and married Georgia, whom he met in the 7th grade. They had a long and joyful marriage and spread laughter and love wherever they went. With her quiet elegance, Stan said Georgia was his “Gift from God”.
In the late 1940’s, Stan became a Park and Rec Director in the City of Alameda and began to develop his coaching, mentoring and sports management skills.
Stan and Georgia moved to Menlo Park in 1950 where he eventually became head of Park and Rec for that city, which they came to love, and call their home for the next 70+ years. Stan ran a very successful tennis coaching business making many lifelong friends. He and Georgia excelled at tennis and played regularly at Boulder Creek Country Club.
Stan was an avid outdoorsman, fisherman, hunter and gun collector. He always dressed with great style, and was known to enjoy a good cigar and a glass of Gleneagles scotch. A life-long Catholic, Stan and Georgia were members of St Denis Parish in Menlo Park.
Stan and Georgia spent their last years at Bridgepoint in Los Altos and were grateful for the excellent care they received during their time there.
They are survived by cousin Charollette Smith of Phoenix, Arizona and nephews Dana and Hymro Kurt Schnepple, their Godson Richard John "Jack” Wrensen, as well as many close friends and their children who loved him dearly and for whom he served like a father and grandfather.
Donations in Stan’s memory can be made to: The Wounded Warriors Project: https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/ and to St. Denis Catholic Church-2250 Avy Avenue Menlo Park, California 94025.
A service in his honor will be held at St. Denis Church on a date to be determined.
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