Palm Springs, California
Michael Stanley passed away on May 16th, with his partner of 33 years at his side, after a year-long battle fighting lymphoma. He is survived by his partner Bob Wagoner, his sister Donna and brother-in-law JL Suttles as well as their two remaining children, numerous cousins and best friend Larry Neumeister.
Mike was born in Quanah, Texas on December 16, 1942. His family moved to San Diego, Calif. in 1943. In 1945 his family relocated to Morenci, Ariz. After graduating from Morenci High School in 1961 he attended The University of Arizona where he received a BA degree in Interior Design. After graduation in 1965 he enlisted in the Navy. After a tour of duty on the USS Skagit in Vietnam, he was honorably discharged in 1967.
He moved to Los Angeles to accept a position with the international design firm Albert Parvin and Co. In 1970 he accepted a position with the Design Department for Hilton Hotels Corp in Beverly Hills. In 1991 Hilton transferred him to their regional office as Design Director Eastern Region in Atlanta, Ga. While living in Dunwoody for nine years, Mike and Bob enjoyed the company of their special friends and neighbors. Water Aerobics was one of his favorite pastimes. After 30 years with Hilton he retired at the end of 1999. After retirement he and Bob relocated back to Southern California in Palm Springs. Mike and Bob participated in aerobics and Zumba classes together. He was a lifelong member of Weight Watchers, he was active in the Community Emergency Response Team, his Homeowners Association Board of Directors, and spent leisure time working on Ancestry.Com. Mike and Bob have always been blessed with good neighbors and living in Palm Springs is no exception. Mike was cremated with a final placement pending. Donations may be made, in Mike's memory, to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society WWW.LLS.ORG or a helping charity of your choice.
On December 16th, 2012 a Celebration of Life will be held for Mike on what would have been his 70th birthday.