David Stanich, 1951 ~ 2009

David Victor Stanich, born March 30,1951 to Mike and Mary (Acree) Stanich in Akron Ohio, left this world in the early hours of Sept. 18, 2009. Siblings Michael and Patty were with him when the angels took him to meet his Maker.

David’s faith helped him fight his long battle with Parkinson’s disease and more recently brain cancer. We miss you already but know you are with our Lord in heaven.

After graduating from Kenmore High in 1969, David joined the Army and was an MP in Munich during the 1972 Olympics. Upon returning home, he attended Akron University, received a degree in education and began teaching special needs children. However, something kept calling him, so David, along with his dog Smokie, packed up his car and set out on the road.

Colorado was the next place he called home and where he began his career as a ranger with both the U.S. Forest Service and the Park Service, a job that would take him all over the country from Alaska to the Florida Everglades.

After many travels David settled down in Moab. Always a fighter, David refused to let his condition stop him. Sometimes while at work at the ranger station, David would freeze up, his co-workers would carry him home, where he would wait for his meds to kick in, than walk back to work. That is David Victor Stanich.

In June 2008, David returned to Akron, where he was cared for and loved by family and friends.

David is survived by daughters, Trisha Sheridan and Samantha Stanich, siblings, Michael Stanich, Julie Dahlke (husband Ted), Patricia Lamp (husband Ron) and grandson, Braeden Sheridan. He is also survived by his niece, Michelle Atkins (husband Ron), nephews, Christopher and Kevin Kimmell (wife Natalie), Ted and David Dahlke, aunts, Pauline Vinson and Judy Finney, great-nieces, Savanna and Maya, great-nephew, Charlie, along with many cousins and extended family. David’s family wishes to thank his special friend, Dottie Erb, who loved and cared for him while living in Moab.

A celebration of life will be held Thursday Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. at the First Apostolic Church, 199 South Ave., in Tallmadge, Ohio, (just south of Tallmadge Circle on route 91). Fellowship will follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Michel J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s, P.O. Box 780 New York, NY, 10008-0780.