[Photo courtesy of Spanish Valley Mortuary]

Stanley Noorlander was born the third son of John Henry Noorlander and Vibka (Minnie) Vander Woude Noorlander on April 9, 1930.

He grew up in the Ogden/ Huntsville area of northern Utah. At a very young age, he saw America unite in great patriotic unity and win World War II. He began working before he finished high school at the Holsum Bakery in Ogden. He rode his bicycle 16 miles from Huntsville to the Ogden bakery each day. He was raised LDS, and one of his proudest moments was when as a young man he met the Prophet David O. McKay. He married at 17 and had a daughter, Joy Christensen Anderson.

From 1951 to 1953, he sacrificed two years of his life and served his country in the Korean Conflict. He served in the town of Pusan, South Korea, in the U.S. Army as a cook and messenger to the front lines. After his service in Korea, he returned to Utah and met the love of his life, Lilly Mae Stocks Noorlander, on a blind date. They dated for one week and eloped to Elko, Nevada. They stayed married for more than 62 years before she passed away at 82 years of age. Their marriage was one of devotion and compassion without contention. Stanley baptized Lilly into the LDS church shortly after they moved to Moab.

They bought a small dairy farm in Liberty, Utah, and worked it for two years. They did not make enough money even though both worked other jobs. In 1957, they found great opportunity in Moab during the uranium boom. Stanley worked at Atlas Minerals in the uranium mill for 13 years. He quit his job at Atlas and was hired at Texas Gulf Sulphur (Potash). He worked there until he retired at 55. He loved to work and to be productive with his time. He was always physically active and wanted to accomplish something substantial each day.

Stanley was a humble and generous man all his life. He was strong and healthy until about a month before his death. He died on Sunday, February 21, 2016, of complications from a heart attack. He touched and molded many lives with his compassionate Christ-like example of love for others. He was fair in his dealings to a fault.

He joined the Sagebrush Rebellion and fought the BLM with his wife Lilly Noorlander. He believed in the 10th Amendment that the federal government possesses only those powers delegated to it by the United States Constitution. They both believed in people who have little status in society and that government should be accountable to the people, not the other way around.

Stanley and Lilly had four sons: Stanley, Leslie, Mike (Victoria S. White Eagle) and David (Rebecca Jugarap Cutanda) Noorlander. He had three sisters: Bonnie Noorlander, Jean Clark and Carol Smith; four brothers: Donald Noorlander, Richard (Ivy) Noorlander, Johnny Noorlander, and Blaine (Marsha) Noorlander. He was an excellent father and husband. He has numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom he loved very much. He will be missed greatly by those who knew him. There is a spot reserved for him in the mansions of Heaven.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.