RIP Stan Stewart

Stan Stewart
Stan Stewart. Photo from YouCaring.

A long-time wildland firefighter well known by many passed away Saturday night, November 4, with his wife, Allison, and son, Shane by his side. Stan Stewart lost his nine-year battle with cancer after spending his last days in a hospice in Santa Barbara, California.

As the Superintendent of the Los Padres Hotshots he became a mentor and father figure for decades of firefighters. Stan dedicated his life to training personnel and striving to improve the safety of boots on the ground. Many have have crossed paths with Stan at some point in his thirty-five year tenure with the L.P. Hotshots.

A fundraiser has been posted on YouCaring to help pay for Stan’s hospice care and other costs that were not covered by his health insurance. The site explains that his wife and 14-year old son have accumulated an overwhelming amount of medical bills.

Our sincere condolences go out to Allison, Shane, other members of his family, his friends, and co-workers.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, Bill Gabbert now writes about it from the Black Hills.

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4 thoughts on “RIP Stan Stewart”

  1. A good man. He was a great leader, fireman, and friend. The fire service lost a part of history with Stan’s passing. RIP…

  2. Great human being in every way. Had some wonderful times with Stan back in the mid-seventies. All who knew him will remember him and miss him.

  3. Stan successfully trained and safely led crews doing some of the most demanding and dangerous kinds of firefighting. He mentored crew members, many of whom went on to become leaders within other firefighting entities. He followed the tracks of other great predecessor LP Hotshot crew superintendents and added his own tracks for future leaders to follow.

    Condolences to his family and sympathy to his many friends.

  4. Funny the things you remember when you hear sad news like this, one of the first thoughts was not his skills, knowledge and leadership but that his favorite tool in a tool box was a hammer. Stan was not a gifted mechanic, just a great guy to know and work with. Physically gone but forever in our minds-Rest Easy Stan.

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