Stanton Pool Durham was born in Shreveport, LA on January 29, 1935, the eldest child of Elizabeth and (Frank) Leon Durham. As a young man Stan enjoyed swimming, playing the piano, was a member of ROTC, and showed a great affinity for history, particularly that of the US Presidents. Stan graduated from Byrd High School in Shreveport, and followed his love of the piano and pipe organ, enrolling at Westminster Choir College in New Jersey. He left there after a year to study Linguistics at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.
At Cornell Stan was active in Inter Varsity Christian fellowship, through which he developed lifelong friendships. While there he attended a talk given by Donald Orr, a missionary with Alpine Missions in the French Alps. Stan would spend a summer working at an Inter Varsity camp in the Alps and with Alpine Missions. It was during this time he met Donald Orr’s daughter, Rosemary. The two corresponded over the next few years while he completed his studies at Cornell and she studied at Wheaton College and the London School of Theology.
Stan and Rosemary were married in Albertville, France on August 2, 1960. They settled in Dallas, TX where Stan was studying at Dallas Theological Seminary, intending to seek ordination in the Southern Baptist denomination in which he was raised.
God had other plans, and Stan was led to continue his studies in Linguistics. They returned to Ithaca, NY where Stan completed a Master’s Degree at Cornell. While there Stan and Rosemary’s first two children, Carl and Christopher were born.
The family moved to Dinan, France then Blushe, Switzerland where Stan worked as a language instructor. Their daughter, Kathryn, was born during their time in Switzerland. Overseas teaching contracts were not typically long term and Stan moved his family to Stillwater, OK, where he was offered an Assistant Professorship at the University of Oklahoma. Their youngest child, Rachael, was born in Stillwater in 1966.
Stan pursued his love of teaching and language, moving his family to Anne Arbor, MI, where he completed a PhD in Linguistics in 1973. Upon completion of his Doctorate, Stan moved his family back to Ithaca, NY as he realized his dream of instructing at his Alma Mater, Cornell.
In God’s wisdom and care for Stan and his family, Stan was not offered tenure. This led to a great migration west after which the family settled in Casper, WY. Stan would spend the next 23 years there, teaching at Casper College.
During those years Stan returned to his love of preaching, eventually serving as pastor to the Evangelical Free Church, then being ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America and Orthodox Presbyterian Church. It was a great joy to him to minister to various congregations including those in Casper and Lander, WY and Fort Collins, CO.
In 2008, with Rosemary facing medical issues that required advanced care, she and Stan moved to Fort Collins, CO. They would eventually settle in Loveland, CO where they lived until Stan’s passing.
Stan’s great joy was to be grandpa to his 12 grandchildren, and he was thrilled when he became great-grandpa to Brooke, born to his grandson Rory and Emily Steffen.
Stan was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Linda. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary, children Carl (Olivia), Chris (Jeanette), Kathy Mattson (Dan), and Rachael McQuillan; grandchildren Grace McQuillan (Pierre), Rory (Emily), James, Timothy (Carissa), Sarah, Allyson, Arryn, Ethan, Eiley, Simon, Isabelle, and Sam; and great granddaughter Brooke
Stan’s greatest gift to his friends and family was the steadfast way in which he followed his Savior. He left no doubt when he left us that he walked into the arms of his Lord and we will see him again in God’s perfect time.
Memorial services at Calvary United Reformed Church in Loveland on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 2:00 P.M.