Stanley was born in Merced,
California to Dr. Christine McFadden and Dr. Thomas Willis. He attended Our
Lady of Mercy School from kindergarten through eighth grade. Stanley was a
tremendous athlete having been involved in soccer, football, basketball, and
baseball. He was also a strong student, having been very successful
academically through elementary and high school. Stan was an avid
outdoorsman with an interest in hunting and camping, and enjoyed paintball.
Stanley had two extremely large loveable dogs- Jack, his Irish Wolfhound,
and Tigger his Bouvier that he cared for and tried to keep from destroying
his mother’s beautiful trees and flowers.
Stanley was actively involved in
Our Lady of Mercy School. He was one of only two or three students that
played all three intramural sports provided by the school from sixth grade
through eighth grade, and accomplished this while remaining an honor roll
student. He played on the “A” team for all three sports from the time he
started in sixth grade. Stanley was prominent in all of the school shows
often providing and demonstrating his amazing sense of humor, which was
enjoyed by all.
In his time at Golden Valley
High School Stanley was a member of the freshmen football and baseball
teams. Stanley was also involved in all of the honors classes available to
freshmen and was very academically successful.
Stanley was the hunter in the
family. He was skilled in marksmanship, and demonstrated great pride in his
knowledge of gun safety. Stan and his fellow hunting friends provided many
adventures in recipes and cooking for his mother with the prizes from their
hunting and fishing trips. Somehow, Stanley and his friends believed that
Stanley’s mom possessed amazing culinary skill to be able to turn these
prizes into gourmet meals. More amazing still, is that Stan’s mom
accomplished this feat as they would all sit down to eat what Stan and his
buddies had brought. He loved outdoor sportsmanship, and shared this passion
with many of his friends. Stanley was also actively involved in paintball
competitions and activities.
Stanley shared an extremely
close relationship with his mother, brother and sisters. He also had a close
relationship with his father, stepmother, brother and sister in Bakersfield.
Stan had a large group of friends with several close friendships that he
maintained throughout grammar school. Stan was an amazing young man with a
tremendous sense of humor and ability to entertain and interact with all
ages, children through adults. He was a very calm, loving, intelligent and
creative young man with a tremendously quick wit. Stanley had great presence
and was a recognizable force as a leader in all that he did. He was well
respected and loved by all his peers, their families and all who knew him.