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.