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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

NEA/DL, AFR ret Maj Gen David L. Stanford

Online obituary:  Major General David L. Stanford USAF(Ret.)

Passed away February 27, 2017. He was buried with full military honors at the National Cemetery in Sarasota Florida.

After David graduated from Shore High School in 1943 he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He graduated pilot training at Miami Beach and then went on to B-25 combat training in 1944 where he flew combat until the end of WWII. In November 1946, he was released from active duty and immediately began his 4-decade Reserve career. With his new career came his first recall to active duty during the Berlin Air Lift (1948-49).

General Stanford earned his BA and Masters from Furman University in the late 1940's and early 1950's with additional graduate work at the University of South Carolina. While attending, he worked and flew for the newly formed United States Air Force during which time he was recalled a second time for the Korean War (1950-53).

After Korea, David began his civilian career with Northeast Airlines which merged with Delta Airline where he retired as a Captain. While flying commercially he was recalled to active duty multiple times during the Vietnam War (1955-1975) and once during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962. Upon retiring from Delta David went to work for the FAA as an inspector and retired as the manager of the Miami offices of the FAA.

During David's career, he was the base commander at Homestead Air Force Base. In the 60's, he bought property in Key Largo and then built his home in 1972. The Keys drew him in with his love of sailing, fishing, and the water (The Keys Life). In addition to his home he was one of the Founders of the Upper Keys Sailing Club (1973).

David loved Life, Family & Friends. He is survived by his wife Bonnie Stanford, his sons David and Christopher Stanford, and his granddaughter Krista Stanford.

One last party for Dave will be held at the Upper Keys Sailing Club on July 8th at 4PM, located at 100 North Ocean Drive, Key Largo (Behind Burger King MM100) Please just come and visit. Nothing else is needed.

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Update:   
From: mjoh419065@aol.com  Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 9:22 AM
Subject: Re: PCN - Death of NEA/DL, AFR ret. Maj Gen David L. Stanford, age 91
................Dave actually retired as a Captain. Delta promoted him to Captain in his last
month, and he flew as a Captain. Note in the picture, he has a Captain's hat......

~ IN MEMORY ~
NEA/DL Capt., AFR ret. Maj Gen David L. Stanford 
May 4, 1925 ~ February 27, 2017

News has reached our group with the passing of retired NEA/Delta Captain AFR ret. Maj Gen David Latham Stanford, age 91.  Maj Gen Stanford joined Northeast Airlines 04-10-1967 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 1985, based Miami.  He is survived by his wife Bonnie.  To date I’ve not been able to locate an online obituary or guestbook...for those wishing to send personal condolences to the family, that address is 
31 S. Exuma Road, Key Largo FL 33037-5006   ...  (305) 451-0170.
Services have taken place...please see memo below.
And please, if you see misinformation above, do let me know as corrections are very much appreciated.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
STANFORD, DAVID 
MAJ GEN   US AIR FORCE
COL   US AIR FORCE
CPT   US ARMY AIR FORCES
WORLD WAR II, KOREA, VIETNAM
    DATE OF BIRTH: 05/04/1925
    DATE OF DEATH: 02/27/2017
            BURIED AT: SECTION 5  SITE 1592    
            SARASOTA NATIONAL CEMETERY
            9810 STATE ROAD 72 SARASOTA, FL 34241  .... (877) 861-9840
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From: David Eastis Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 9:25 PM
Subject: Fwd: Fw: AFR Retired General Officer Death Report - Maj Gen David L. Stanford
....Dave was retired Delta pilot also....
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Ralph Clem <clemr@fiu.edu>Date: Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 10:09 PM
Subject: Fw: AFR Retired General Officer Death Report - Maj Gen David L. Stanford 
From: USAF Pentagon AF-RE Mailbox AF-REG Workflow Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 8:46:58 PM
To: USAF Pentagon AF-RE Mailbox AF-REG Workflow
Subject: AFR Retired General Officer Death Report - Maj Gen David L. Stanford 
Sir/Ma'am,
It is with deep regret that we inform you of the following retired Air Force Reserve general officer's death:
Grade/Name:                    Maj Gen David L. Stanford
Last Duty Title:                  Mobilization Assistant to the Commander in Chief, Strategic Air Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.
Date of Retirement:       23 March 1983
Date of Death:       27 February 2017 (Age 91 at time of death)
Cause of Death:               Illness
Place of Death:                 Miami, Fl.
Funeral Services:              Held Thursday, March 2, 2017 at the Sarasota National Cemetery located at 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota, Fl.
Next of Kin:                        Mrs. Bonnie Stanford
                                                31 South Exuma Road
                                                Key Largo, Florida 33037                                                            
Very Respectfully,
AF Reserve Senior Leader Management (AF/REG)

2 comments:

  1. update with correction......Dave actually retired as a Captain. Delta promoted him to Captain in his last
    month, and he flew as a Captain. Note in the picture, he has a Captain's hat.....

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  2. One last party for Dave will be held at the Upper Keys Sailing Club on July 8th at 4PM, located at 100 North Ocean Drive, Key Largo (Behind Burger King MM100) Please just come and visit. Nothing else is needed.

    ReplyDelete