Stanley Roy Lark


Stanley Roy Lark
Stanley Roy Lark

Stanley Roy Lark, 81, of Amarillo, TX died on Wednesday, August 4, 2021.

Memorial services will be held in Raton, NM on Saturday, August 14th at 2:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church, 1501 S Fourth St. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd. of Amarillo, TX and Yaksich Long Funeral Home, 1310 S 2nd St, of Raton, NM.

Stanley was born July 27, 1940, in Raton, NM to Floyd and Margaret Lark. From an early age, Stan loved music and started playing with the Night Riders when he was 13 (thanks to Aunt Ruth Elaine’s influence).  In 1958-1967, he played bass and sang with “The Fireballs”. In 1975, Stan opened a club, The Carriage House, in Raton, NM featuring his band “Willow Springs”. He then moved his band to Las Vegas, NV performing there until he began gold mining. Once he retired from gold mining he rejoined “The Fireballs” and opened Lark’s In and Out Lube in Raton, NM in 1998 and a second location in Trinidad, CO in 1999.

Stan was a very talented musician, learning to play piano at age four, he went on to play guitar, upright bass, and electric bass. Stan also had a beautiful voice, sang in the choir and was choir director for several years at the United Methodist Church in Raton. He went All State with his vocals and with brothers Jay and Billy in Orchestra. He loved all kinds of music and never passed up an opportunity to share his love for music with those around him. From performing on stage in front of hundreds of people to operating massive mining machinery, Stan met every new adventure head on and with a great attitude. Stan’s favorite horse, Rusty, was his joy and he trained her well. In his eyes, his greatest achievements were his daughters Shannon and Christy and son Robert John (Bobby), who were the light of his life. In 1996 he married his true love, Dawn, and gained four more children who he always loved as his own. He loved to brag on all fifteen of his grandchildren every chance he got. Stan was a wonderful draftsman and loved drawing house plans and creating cartoons. He was extremely creative and loved to work with his hands, many friends and family were blessed with a leather belt or purse made by Stan. He enjoyed traveling and was planning another trip to the Florida Keys right up to the end. Stan loved people and everyone was made to feel special by him.

Stan was preceded in death by his mother and father; son, Bobby; brothers, William Lloyd (Billy), John Thomas, and Floyd James (Jay); and sister, Sharlene Rachel and brother-in-law Dennis (Mike) Morgan.

Survivors include his siblings, Sharon Hayes and husband Stan, of Montrose, CO, Sylvia Clark and husband Dudley, of Clovis, NM, Sue Smith and husband Truman, of Raton, NM, Sheila  Gray and husband Dan, of Delta, CO, Shirley Stroik and Paul, of Hatch, NM, and Eddie Lark and wife Leslie, of Raton, NM; sisters-in-law, Marquita Lark, of FL, and Sue Lark, of Goodwell, OK; children, Shannon Moe and husband Al, of Pahoa, HI, Christy Lark, of Scottsdale, AZ, Justin Dauer and wife Barbi, of Panhandle, TX, Chelsea Smith and husband Roy, of Lewellen, NE, Shibil Davis and wife Callie, of Artesia, NM, and Brittany Ingram and husband Daniel, of Carlsbad, NM; Aunt Ruth Elaine Begio, of Raton, NM; six granddaughters; nine grandsons; numerous nieces and nephews; and many special cousins and many loving friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Johnson Mesa Church, The Raton Museum, or Norman Petty Studio.

8 Replies to “Stanley Roy Lark”

  1. Dear Dawn and family,
    I was deeply saddened to learn of Stan’s passing.
    Please accept my sincere condolences.

  2. May God be your consolation and comfort Dawn, Sue Smith and all in Stan’s family. I will treasure the memory of the moments when we’d chosen the same pew at First UM Church.

  3. Great privilege to have met Stan, and play in a band on the same show in Clear Lake Iowa, at the annual Winter Dance Party event.
    Such a genuine person and a truly wonderful musician. Thank you for all the remarkable music.
    R.I.P. Stan Lark . Dave Parsons Bristol England.

  4. It is with a sad heart that we have found out of your passing! We were honored to be a part of yours and Dawn’s lives! You were so kind and we will always cherish being a part of your lives even if it was just for a few moments in time. We know that you are in a better place and Heavens Gates have taken you in now, and there is no better place for you! Rest In Peace, Stan. May God bring peace into the lives you have left behind! With love always, Mark and Rhonda Trent.

  5. Dawn, so sadden by Stan’s passing! Lynda and I are so grateful for the kindness and grace you and Stan always extended to my Mother and Father; Mel and D.T. Bradley. You both are close to our hearts. Stan was a man for all seasons and God has taken him home to be in that heavenly realm! We were blessed to have known him!! God bless your family!

  6. Rest in peace my brother Stan. I will always remember the good times we had together And I will see you again one day

  7. Why does my guy rest in peace my brother Stan you are very special to me as well as all your other friends over the years But you’re in good hands now my friend God-bless I love you buddy

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