Aug. 5, 1937 - June 19, 2012
Stanley R. Dicus passed peacefully from this world on June 19, 2012, in Issaquah, Wash. Born to Ralph and Leta Dicus on Aug. 5, 1937 in Walla Walla, Stan's early years were spent growing up on the family farm and playing along the Little Walla Walla River. Stan remained a faithful son to his ailing mother until her death in 1966. He enlisted in the U.S. Army after graduating from Walla Walla High School in 1955. Just a few years earlier, in the first days of the eighth grade, Janice Baker walked into his classroom and sat down next to him and as he said it: "She was the most beautiful thing I ever saw." Stan and Janice were married in September of 1955 in Atlanta.
Soon Army orders came and Stan shipped out for Franfurt, Germany; Janice followed a few months later on the USS United States. A son, Lonnie, was born in 1956 in Franfurt and another son, Lynn, arrived in
1957 just after their return stateside and 1959 a daughter, Kimberly, was born. Stan entered college at Washington State University and also attended Colombia Basin Community College. A believer in education he took great pride in his college degree from the University of Washington in 1962.
Stan worked for Providence Hospital in Seattle eventually rising to associate administrator while simultaneously being a gentleman dairy farmer in Fall City, Wash. Wanting to fulfill a lifelong dream of operating his own business Stan bought Alderwood Manor Nursing and Convalescent Home in Spokane and resided there for the next 14 years. He also developed and owned AAA Self Storage of Cheney, Wash., for 36 years. He and Janice eventually moved back to Kirkland, Wash., and then to Fall City to build Dicus Farms. A divorce in 1996 took Stan back to Walla Walla, where he lived near his brother and sister. He traveled during these years, trailering around the West and enjoyed meetings with his high school classmates on a regular basis. After 10 years, the illness of a grandchild brought Stan and Janice back together and they were close until Stan's death at 74 from complications due to Alzheimer's disease. Stan enjoyed leading the charge; he went out of his way to help those less fortunate than himself; he was a Little League coach; his sense of business and timing was greatly respected by his peers; his qualities of fairness, humor and leadership were respected by his employees.
He is survived by the love of his life Janice; his sons, Lonnie (Therese) and Lynn (Carol); his daughter, Kim (Dave); his six grandchildren, Anne, Zane, Adlen, Noelle, Elise and Christopher; and many nieces and nephews. A private memorial is planned for later in July in Walla Walla.