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September 29, 1953 ~ April 5, 2023 (age 69) 69 Years Old
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Stan Hook of San Rafael passed away on April 5, 2023 at the age of 69. He was born in Oxnard, California, on September 29, 1953, and was raised by his mother and stepfather, Mary and Jim Stradinger. Stan grew up in Los Altos and graduated from Homestead High School in 1971. He attended De Anza College and transferred to San Diego State (go Aztecs!), where he graduated in 1976. He is survived by his wife, Sue; son, Alan; daughter, Valerie; sister, Jori (husband Jonathan); brother, Kyle (wife Beckie); and many other family members who loved him dearly.
Stan had a heart for service and a passion for helping others. He volunteered weekly at the local food bank, and was an active member of his Rotary Club, where he enjoyed providing community service and spending time with his fellow Rotarians. Additionally, Stan was a devoted mentor, supporting the Redact Club at what is now Archie Williams High School as well as the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program. He drew great pleasure and satisfaction in seeing our many nieces, nephews, friends’ children, and graduates of our schools find success in their chosen careers.
He was a curious, adventurous traveler and was always interested in exploring new places around the world, which he photographed diligently. He also enjoyed life’s simple pleasures: spending time outside in the garden reading or listening to the Giants on AM radio. It didn’t get much better than that.
Stan would tell you he had the best life ever, never wanting for more than what he’d been blessed with. He always had a positive outlook on whatever came his way and influenced others with his joyful, enthusiastic approach to life. He loved his whole family deeply, and we will miss him. As a close friend said to us after his passing, “He was the best of us.”
Above all, he was a man of faith. He loved God and was grateful for the life bestowed upon him. He is at peace. As Jeremiah 29:11 reads, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’”
A celebration of life to honor Stan will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2023, at 11 a.m., at St. Anselm Catholic Church, located at the corner of 97 Shady Lane, in Ross, California. A reception will follow. Additionally, a rosary service will be held at the church the evening before, Friday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. Parking is located at the corner of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and Bolinas Avenue.