June 2, 1941 ~ June 4, 2022 Doug served boldly, loved fiercely, and lived happily! Hon. Douglas Snyder Stanley went to join his Lord and Savior Jesus on June 4, 2022, due to natural causes related to Familial Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. He was 81 years old. A fifth-generation Yuman, Doug was born into a family that was an integral part of the early Arizona City/Yuma community. He is predeceased by his parents, Dr John Frank Stanley and Marian Snyder Stanley, his sister Pamela Karen Stanley Ross and his brother Phillip Kenyon Stanley. He is survived by his forever love/wife Caryl Lynn Rambo Stanley and their three children, Robyn Rambo Stanley, Christian John Stanley and Joshua Snyder Stanley (Amy Beth Debolt); his grandchildren, Caleb Snyder Stanley (State Champ), Elias Joshua Stanley (Eli), Jakob Arthur Stanley, Christian John Stanley, Jr. (CJ) and Cora Grace Stanley; and his dear cousins and devoted friends. Descended from a long line of Yumans (dating back to the 1800s), Doug attended 4th Ave Junior High, where he met his first set of brothers and his future wife, Caryl. He was more than proud to be a Yuma High Criminal, an Arizona Wildcat (his undergraduate and law degrees), and a FIJI. He is part of a family of 9 Arizona Wildcats so far. As an undergraduate, he was active with IFC as President and in regional/national leadership roles for IFC and Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji). After graduating from UA undergraduate, Doug married his sweetheart, Caryl, on July 27, 1963 at their St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Yuma, AZ. He graduated from UA Law School in 1966. Doug served as a Captain in the US Army for 2 years in the Adjutant General Corps, Berlin, Germany. His daughter Robyn was born in 1968 while they were in Berlin. After Doug’s honorable discharge in 1969, he returned to Yuma, began practicing law, and then served as Yuma’s city attorney, from 1973 to 1976, including prosecutions for the city. Sons Christian and Joshua were born in Yuma in 1970 and 1972 respectively. Doug worked in private practice from 1976 until January 3, 1997, when he was sworn in as a judge of the Yuma City Court (a role his paternal grandfather, Saragosa Frank Stanley, held from 1915 to 1928, until his death while in office). Doug was continuously elected as a judge for 4 terms, between 1998 and 2013. During his last 4-year term, from 2010 to 2013, he served as presiding judge before retiring on December 31, 2013. During his professional career , Doug represented Yuma School District No.1 for more than 20 years, successfully represented Arizona Western College in lawsuits that spanned more than 10.5 years and were the subject of two appeals before the Supreme Court of the United States, served as the Yuma City Attorney for 7.5 years and served on the Arizona State Bar Ethics Committee and later on the Peer Review Committee. He often proclaimed how wonderful it was to have served alongside such spirited and talented colleagues. Doug felt inspired and called to serve and learn from his friends, family, profession, colleagues, church and community. He has helped many people throughout his career as a lawyer, prosecutor and judge, and he has achieved many things throughout his life. Doug saw Jesus as a servant leader and aspired to be a servant leader, while encouraging others to do the same. He left an indelible impact on his family, friends and the Yuma community. For those of us who were blessed to be a part of Doug’s fun and meaningful life, we are forever grateful! Doug was quite the character with an unforgettable personality. He exuded joy, positivity, love and energy and enthusiastically shared his love of adventures, laughter, stories, sports (especially golf), music, dancing, of fashion, food, history, learning, service and living her faith. Doug truly treasured his relationships with ALL of his friends and relatives, especially his grandchildren! He will be greatly missed! Laos Deo ~ Hallelujah! Doug’s funeral will take place on Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. at 4:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1550 S. 14th Ave, Yuma, AZ 85364. We encourage you to wear red or a touch of red, Doug’s favorite color (if you feel comfortable wearing it). do it). Thank you for rejoicing with us in having received the love, faith, pleasure and encouragement of one of God’s faithful servants. We all love you and can’t wait to celebrate Doug with you!
Posted on September 09, 2022
Posted in The Arizona Republic
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1550 S. 14th Ave, Yuma, AZ 85364
September 24, 2022 at 15:00