Llewellyn "Bill" Stanton

June 10, 1940 - June 18, 2015
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Llewellyn “Bill” Franklin Stanton, Age 75, of Kensington, CA. passed away on Thursday morning, June 18, 2015 at his home. A native of Los Angeles, Bill lived in many different places through his life; moving to San Francisco at age 28, and for the past 18 years living in Kensington, CA. He was a man full of compassion, equality and inclusion; always sticking up for the little guy. As a high school teacher in LA he was there teaching students in Watts during the Watts riots. After he moved to San Francisco, he received a Masters in child education and directed a San Francisco Children’s Center Program where he met his long time friend, Jack Travis. He went back to school in the ’80s to become an RN and worked in orthopedics and microvascular surgical units at UCSF. He was then invited to join the staff in the AIDS unit at the San Francisco VA Hospital where he stayed for about 10 years. His compassion and caring for people extended to tracking down his patients on the seediest streets of SF for their treatments. Bill’s next career stop was at San Francisco General Hospital where he worked in the TB unit with the pulmonary research physicians under a grant through the CDC. In 2004 Bill retired as a research coordinator. He cherished his freedom and was a continual seeker of meaning and spirituality; doing his his fair share of protesting “The Man” and having the time of his life at Burning Man in 2014 with his nephew, Javier Arau. In his more recent years he developed a close friendship with Dr. Len Schwartzburd, who worked with Bill on local issues and helped keep him young during his time of illness. A lover of travel and exploration he was intent on living life to the fullest. Throughout his life, Bill immersed himself in extensive travels; Africa, India, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Spain. After his retirement he especially enjoyed spending time at his and his wife, Donna’s, beloved cabin in the woods in Northern CA.

Bill is survived by his wife Donna Eva Breger Stanton. Bill was married previously and has four children, Stephen Louis (Carrie) Stanton, Henderson, NV., Bradley Tyler (Sylvia) Stanton, Guatemala City, Guatemala, Erika Therese (Brian) Gold, Agoura Hills, CA, Shoshana Ariella Baars-Stanton, San Bruno, CA. Bill is survived by one brother, George Conrad (Deborah) Stanton, Los Osos, CA and sister, Susanne Stanton (Jose) Arau, Sacramento, CA. Granddaughters are Kelsey Elizabeth and Jennifer Alexandra Gold, Agoura Hills, CA; Amanda Rose, and Suzanne Nicole Stanton, Henderson, NV. Bill is preceded in death by a younger brother, Steven Edward Stanton, sister-in-law, Carolyn Stanton, and his parents, Llewellyn Franklyn Stanton and Dorothy Agnes Conrad Stanton. Bill and his family are forever grateful for the help and support of caregivers like Mark and Tashi.

Graveside services will be held at Sunset View Cemetery, 101 Colusa Ave., El Cerrito, CA on Monday, June 22, 2015 at 11:00a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: CMTA Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association, Attention Jeana Sweeney, PO Box 105, Glenolden PA 19036; designated to the San Francisco Branch. (cmtausa.org)

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Date: Monday, June 22, 2015

Time: 11:00 am

Sunset View Cemetery Association


101 Colusa Avenue, El Cerrito, CA, 94530

Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, January 1, 1970

Sunset View Cemetery Association


101 Colusa Avenue, El Cerrito, CA, 94530


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Born: June 10, 1940
Died: June 18, 2015

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Diane Gale posted on 6/26/15

Both Bill and you were so fortunate to have each other---his memory is definitely a blessing, so keep them close. xoxo


Michelle Gorenberg posted on 6/25/15

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Mel Lewin posted on 6/23/15

Dear Donna & Family, How can you summarize 75 years of life in a few sentences? The answer is that you cannot; however, you have experiences with Bill, Dad, Grandfather, and Friend that translate into memories that will last a lifetime and that will always be with you. I want to share with you a few of my memories. Learning at graduation from Pasteur Junior High School that "Bill" was Llewellyn Franklin Stanton Junior!! In the 10th grade at Hamilton High School we were members of the Centaurs, a social service club that did more social than service. Seeing Bill at my home in Palos Verdes for the first time after his return from Africa with long blond hair and a flowing beard that looked like Jesus. Seeing Bill at a high school reunion, maybe the 20th, and his never wanting to attend another one. And of course visiting Bill in Kensington going on our field trips to UC Berkeley, the Buddist Temple, the Jelly Belly Factory, lunch and reminiscing about the good old days. No one can know your grief as they are not you; however cherish your memories as I do. With Love, Mel Lewin


Donna Stanton posted on 6/25/15

I am sharing memories of Bill Stanton from classmates who remember him from his childhood. How special is that?


Bruce Abell posted on 6/23/15

Some children are previews of what they'll be as adults. Not Bill. For years, when we were in elementary school, we saw each other almost daily, usually at the Stanton house filled with kids. He welcomed me, as the newcomer to the school and the street, immediately, and soon thereafter his mother volunteered to be the den mother for our new cub scout group. By junior high school he seemed to be getting a little restless and in high school he was eager to spread out. Then I didn't see him for ten years, and all of a sudden here was my old friend talking about going to Africa and creating careers of great imagination. It was about 30 years before we met again, for dinner in San Francisco. Our wives were tolerant, but surely bored, as we tried to fit our mature lives back into that youthful context. He told me about his brothers and sister, we talked about his parents (always very kind to me), and I was amazed at the things he had done. We tried to get together again, but schedules didn't match up. So I'll be content with memories of the kind of childhood friend you are lucky to have and you just don't forget. Bruce Abell, Santa Fe, New Mexico


Donna Stanton posted on 6/24/15

love your post with the pictures! thank you - I was not bored, though. It was a nice evening. thank you, Donna


Dona Fuller posted on 6/20/15

I remember when Bill stole Donna's heart. We nick named him "Bay Guardian Bill". He was a free spirit, interested in everything and brilliant, especially within his medical field... just the right man for her. He encouraged her to continually expand her horizons, including getting her doctorate. She could not have had a more supporting, loving husband. He was fun and entertaining to be with ... we had the opportunity to celebrate many key moments in our lives...his 70th & my husband's 90th birthdays are among the many wonderful evenings. He is, we are sure, already deep into discussion with his fellow spirits about some theory to improve the world or the human race. Bill never stopped, nor would we expect him to now! We will miss Bill, as will all of his family and friends. Shalom. Dona & Bud Fuller


Donna Stanton posted on 6/25/15

Who knew when I answered Bill's ad back in 1984!!!