Stanley Eugene Marchington
Longtime Rogue Valley resident Stanley Eugene Marchington, 80, of Grants Pass, Ore., died on New Year’s Day 2010 at Rogue Valley Medical Center. A memorial service and celebration of his life is to be held at Conger-Morris of Medford, Ore., on January 17, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Nature Conservancy – Oregon Chapter, 821 S.E. 14th St., Portland, OR 97214 or the Alzheimer’s Association – Oregon Chapter, 1650 N.W. Naito Parkway, Suite 190, Portland, OR 97209.
Stanley (Gene) was born on June 15, 1929, in Portland, Ore. to Stanley and Olive (Bazine) Marchington. He grew up in Portland and graduated from Franklin High School in 1947, received a BA at Willamette University in 1951, and a ME in 1955. He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. While attending Willamette University in Salem, Ore., he married his high school sweetheart, Leta Joyce Adams, on September 14, 1949, who survives him. They resided in Salem, Ore., until he graduated from the University and they moved to Chiloquin, Ore. He taught math and science at Chiloquin High School from 1952 to 1955. After moving to Grants Pass he taught U.S. History and math at Grants Pass High School from 1955 to 1966. After teaching, he went on to be an Assistant Principal “Stan the Man” at Medford Senior High School from 1966 to 1985. While teaching in Grants Pass, he served as Assistant Treasurer for the Josephine County Teachers Federal Credit Union from 1960 to 1966. He then was a founder and served as treasurer for the Josephine County Public Employees Federal Credit Union. They then merged with the teachers to form the current SOFCU. He was a founding board member and Outings Chairman for the Rogue Group Sierra Club, leading numerous day hikes and backpacking trips during the 1970s and 1980s. These included weeklong trips through the Three Sisters and Mount Jefferson Wilderness Areas in Oregon, and many more. In 1985 Stan retired and continued to live in Medford, Ore. actively enjoying his hobbies. These included playing bridge, gardening, reading, and RV camping, along with traveling whenever he could across the country, and around the world. For the last year he has lived in a retirement home in Grants Pass, Ore. Besides his wife in Medford, Ore., he is survived by two sons, Scott Marchington of La Pine, Ore.; and Doug Marchington of Grants Pass, Ore.; one daughter, Sylvia Bossingham of Medford, Ore.; a brother, Ron Marchington of Bend, Ore.; seven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. He will be missed!