2015-01-29 / Obituaries

Thomas K. Standen II

Thomas K. Standen II, 82, a Mariposa businessman and former CHP area commander, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 18, at his home after a long and courageous struggle with cancer.

Thomas was born in Holyoke, Mass. on the June 26, 1933 to Grace N. White and Thomas C. Standen.

On Oct. 13, 1952, he married his best friend and sweetheart, Roberta Garlock in East Providence, R.I.

Tom received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy after serving in the Korean Conflict from 1949 to 1953 aboard the heavy cruiser USS Macon (132). After he discharged, he moved to California to attend college.

Tom’s career as a peace officer began upon graduation from the San Diego Police Academy where he quickly was promoted to sergeant of the motorcycle squad. He was accepted and graduated from the Peace Officer Master’s Program at UC San Diego, where he earned a lifetime teaching credential in police science at the community college level and taught adult education at Grossmont College.

Tom joined the California Highway Patrol in 1958. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy at the University of Virginia in Quantico, Va. He served as the CHP area commander in the Mariposa and Oakhurst area from 1974 to 1979.

Tom, a man of vision, education and with entrepreneurial skill and native intelligence, embarked upon a new career path in commercial real estate and in private financing and servicing. In 1984, he established California Equity Corp., renamed the Note Servicing Center Inc., which currently services thousands of private loans nationwide. He was a founding member of the California Trust Deed Brokers Association, where he served as a legislative advocate. He was appointed as a referee by the Mariposa Superior Court as a bankruptcy trustee. He was considered a court expert in private notes and a national speaker.

During his 40 years in Mariposa, Tom was active in Yosemite Rotary, receiving the Harris Award. He also served on the Mariposa Water Advisory Board for more than 35 years, served on the County Bank advisory board, was a director of the Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce, served as a state director for the California Association of Realtors and was instrumental in relocating the California State Mining and Mineral Museum from San Francisco to Mariposa.

As a real estate developer, Tom represented the late Judge Coakley in the development of all parcels on Coakley Circle, including the Pioneer Shopping Center, and negotiated private and public financing for the low-to-moderate income housing there. He negotiated the lease with the United States Postal Service to relocate the Mariposa Post Office from 12th and Jones streets to its present location. He later provided the land for the senior housing at Smith and Hospital Road.

Tom’s “claim to fame” in Mariposa was the remodeling and reconstruction of the old Sierra Motors building at 11th Street and Highway 140 into a landmark professional building.

The legacy of love Tom left behind includes his wife and sweetheart Roberta (Bobbe) Standen, who he was married to for 63 years. He also left his sister and her husband, Grace Faith and Stanley Taff; four sons, Thomas III and wife Pam, Wesley and wife Colleen, Paul and wife Laura and Michael and wife Melissa. He also has 16 grandchildren, Thomas Standen IV and Jill, Christine and Chris Montgomery, Paul Standen Jr. and Cathryn, Ethan and Sarah Elizabeth Standen, Jessica and Seth Gewirtz, Wesley Jr. and Kendra Standen, Evan Standen, Joshua and Justin Standen and Sarah Kristen Standen, Dillon Clifton, Courtney and Cory Brubaker, Mike and Stephanie Chute, R.J and Jennifer Chute, David and Michelle Ware, Jerry and Jennifer Lura.

He also leaves behind 17 beautiful great-grandchildren and many dear friends and business associates. He was known to the old-timers as “Lieutenant,” to his sons as “Daddy-O,” to his grandchildren as “The Papa” and to business associates as the “Big Kahuna.” He was a gentle giant with a heart for God, devotion to family and a love of country.

Services for Tom will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Mariposa, 5005 Frank Wilson Drive.

To reach the church, take Highway 49 North from downtown Mariposa, travel one mile to the California Division of Forestry (CDF) on the right. The church is located up the paved driveway and on the hill behind the CDF building.

There will be a reception in Tom’s honor following the service in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations be made to “Wycliffe Bible Translators—Project CHAD, P.O. Box 628200, Orlando, FL 32862. Please include the words “In memory of Tom Standen II.”

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