Another loss to the MHS Class of 1964. Stan was a great guy that made a difference during his time. He will be missed by his family and our class. RIP Stan. Bob McGregor
Sharon "Kc" Collins (Hummel)
Lauren Sawtelle (Tomhave)
Stanley Gene Thurston was my first heart throb in the 5th grade. Ann Brennecke and I both decided that we “liked” him. In his honor we decided to buy a necklace with a heart that was divided in half. We each took half! She won his heart so I had to give her my half!
Stan had a great sarcastic sense of humor and a terrific laugh. I really got to know him at MCC. So sad to hear.
Barbara Barrigar (Norris)
He was a great drum major for the band and great fun in Arsenic & Old Lace. RIP Stan
I got to know Stan on a bicycle. There were, on and off, six to eight boys that rode bikes from the west end to Central Junior High for three years in the fall and spring. One of the last stops on the way was Stan’s house on 7th Street. In 1988, I asked him to take time from his busy executive job in Des Moines to act in a play I was directing in Clear Lake. The role was a cynical wise-cracking best friend of the leading actor. It was type casting, he did a beautiful job, and our old drama teacher Carol Dodd Hollingsworth was able to see it. In the 90’s, Stan joined the board of The Old Creamery Theatre, where I had returned as an administrator. He raised money, gave us valuable business advice and helped me though some personal emotional stress. In recent years, I visited Stan and Dotty in their beautiful home in Des Moines. He had found the love of his life. I can still hear his infectious laugh.
Darlene Smith (Tomhave)
Stan-what a great guy. Our friendship went through many phases over the years. First at Rogers elementary, where he was my first boyfriend in sixth grade! 😊 We also went to MYF and Methodist church camp in junior high. Along with being friends, he was also a neighbor. His family lived around the corner from us, and I remember many a summer night playing "lost sheep "in the neighborhood. We shared drama classes in high school under Mrs. Dodds tutelage, and had so much fun in Arsenic and Old Lace our senior year- what a cast! Stan-wonderful smile and laugh, always kind and funny, a real gentleman. Rest in peace Stan-you were one of the good ones.❤️