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Richard "Stan" Stanley Stafford

December 16, 1939 ~ December 20, 2021 (age 82)

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Richard Stanley Stafford of Loveland, CO, passed away on December 20th, 2021, 4 days after his 82nd birthday. Richard, who went by Stan, was born in Niwot, Colorado on December 16th, 1939 to Fred T. and Gladys (Wernke) Stafford. Stan was 2nd to the youngest of nine children and was delivered by his father’s hand in their Niwot farmhouse. He attended Niwot elementary school and later graduated from Longmont High school in 1958. His favorite memories were being outdoors on the farm, getting into mischief with siblings and friends, the family dog, and later, his love for fast cars that impressed the ladies.

Stan entered the Navy in February of 1959 and was part of the fleet of the U.S.S Midway CV-41, the lead ship of her class that operated for 47 years and is now a museum ship in San Diego CA, which his daughter, son-in-law, grandchildren, and other family members have had the honor of touring.

After his honorable discharge in March of 1963, he met and married Sharon Mudd of Longmont, CO, and had daughter, Colette. Stan and Sharon later divorced in 1974.

Stan was an entrepreneur at heart and owned various businesses including a waste disposal company, and a lovely ice cream shop called “Cold Creek Ice Cream”, nestled in the base of the foothills in Lyons CO. During the time he owned the shop, he realized his passion and talent for stone masonry. Eventually, he closed the ice cream shop and opened his own masonry business in the same location. He installed stunning patios, magnificent walls, and many other beautiful stone structures with a fantastic crew including Tony Edwards, who quickly became like a son to Stan.

Stan loved to work with his hands and hunt big game but reveled in the joy of fishing. He could regularly be found on a shore, in a boat, or near a stream, alone or with his friends or daughter. Not only was he passionate about fishing for aquatic life but he loved the word of God and near the end of his life had become a fisher of men by sharing his love of Christ with others.

Stan joins his predeceased mother, Gladys, and father, Fred, as well as sisters Katherine Conilogue, Doris Applegate, Peggy Garrett, Marie Crnkovich, and brothers Russ and Chuck Stafford.

He leaves behind his daughter; Colette Salazar, son-in-law; Albert Salazar, granddaughter; Rachel Salazar, and grandson; Nicholas Salazar, along with his siblings Denny Stafford and Jeanie Glanz, and his beloved dog Butch (“Butchy Boy”).

A celebration of life will be held at 3:30 PM MT on Friday, January 7th at Carroll-Lewellen Funeral Home in Longmont, CO, officiated by Pastor Mickey Lohr of The River Community Church, Lyons, CO.

For his birthday and during his last few days on earth, Stan asked for donations for the Wounded Warrior Project. His goal was $200 and had obtained $100 at the time of his death. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project He would have also wanted to assist the victims of the Marshall Fire via the Boulder County Wildfire fund at

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Celebration of Life
January 7, 2022

3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Carroll-Lewellen Funeral Chapel
503 Terry Street
Longmont, CO 80501

January 7, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Oskar Blues
1555 Hover St
Longmont, CO 80501


Boulder County Wildfire Fund

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