Joe Brent Stanaland

GIRARD – Joe Brent Stanaland, 41 of Girard and formerly of Fort Davis, died Nov.13,2014, after a three year battle with Synovial Cell Sarcoma cancer. He was born on Oct. 5, 1973 in Lubbock, to Jody and Brenda Stanaland. He graduated from Jayton High School in 1992. He attended junior college at South Plains College in Levelland. He transferred to Texas A&M University and graduated in 1998 with a degree in wildlife and fisheries sciences. In 2009, he received his Master of education from ConcordiaUniversity and began teaching science,intergraded physics and chemistry, along with astronomy at Liberty Hill High School, where he taught for three years. Next, he went to Lake Travis High School for eight years. He then went to Fort Davis High School, where he was high school principal for almost three years. Due to his battle with cancer, he had to sit out a year from teaching. He came back to teaching at Andrews HighSchool. His final teaching job was at Spur High School. It was while he was at Spur that in November learned he had been selected by the Texas Association of Biology Teachers as The Most Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year for the State of Texas. He loved science, his two daughters, his students and Texas A&M University. He is preceded in death by his grandparents John Quattlebaum, Hamlin and Leona Stanaland. Mr. Stanaland is survived by his daughters, Sarah Jean and Kylee Jill of Midland; his parents, Jody and Brenda Stanaland of Girard; his sister, Joy Patranella and husband Alan of Littlefield,; two nieces, Madison and Jeri Holcomb of Littlefield; grandmother Willie Quattlebaum of Crosbyton; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service was Nov. 16 at Jayton High School. Visitation was at Zapata Funeral Home in Spur. Interment followed at the Jayton Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be made in his honor to American Cancer Society. Also, a college fund has been setup in his honor for his daughters. Contributions to this fund can be directed to First Baptist Church of Jayton.

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