Dec. 20, 1924 - May 9, 2010
Stanley B. "Stan" Maiden, 1095 Valley Chapel Road, Walla Walla, passed away May 9, 2010, at Scenic View Adult Family Home in College Place, at the age of 85 years. At his request there will be no funeral. Memorial contributions may be made to the Valley Chapel Community Center, c/o Bob Kinion, 1753 Old Milton Highway, Walla Walla, WA 99362, or through Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR97862.
Mr. Maiden was born Dec. 20, 1924, to Franklin R. and Bonnie B. Maiden. He attended Valley Chapel Grade School and graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1943. On Dec. 10, 1944, he married Patricia "Pat" Hutsell in Walla Walla. The couple began farming life at the Maiden family home place in the Valley Chapel district. He started a dairy farm with registered Gurnsey cattle that he showed at fairs over Eastern Washington and Northeastern Oregon. He later raised registered Angus cattle that he also showed over the Northwest. During his farming career, he was active in many different organizations. He served on the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days Board and the College Place Public School Board. He was the national president of the American Dairy Farmer's Youth Group, a member of the American Shetland Pony Association, the American Angus Association and the Walla Walla Wagon Wheelers. Mr. Maiden was also a life member of the BPOE #287 and a past master of Blue Mountain Lodge #13 FA.M. For several years he was a leader of the Valley Chapel Boots and Jeans Club. His special interest was Shetland ponies, and his mini 20-mule hitch. For over 20 years he was part of the Crazy Eights pony exhibition group that traveled from Canada to California performing at fairs and rodeos. For several years he took the mini mules to fairs, parades and through the Peace Arch going into Canada. His family meant a lot to him and he enjoyed watching his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as they grew up, some of them on the same farm where he lived all of his life.
Mr. Maiden is survived by his wife, Pat, at their home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Dave and Naomi Maiden of Burbank and Ken and Donna Maiden of Walla Walla; a brother, Charles Maiden of Touchet; grandchildren, Brian, Carrie, Ryan and Katie; 10 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.