Stan was born and raised in the Southern Oregon coastal town of North Bend and is a third-generation Oregonian. He graduated from North Bend High School and his BS from Oregon State University. Stan was a Commissioned Officer in the United States Marine Corps, and was medically retired in 1979. He is a 100% permanent rated disabled veteran and Life Member of DAV. Stan, a businessman with a 28-year affiliation with long-term healthcare management — including as an Administrator of Nursing Homes and owning his own business for 14 years, retired in 2011.

His volunteer work includes: Board of Directors, North Bend School District; Rotary International since 1983; Board of Directors of St Barnabas Church; Community Speaker for Organ Donor program; Mountain Gate Owners Association Board of Directors; Evergreen Aviation Volunteer Docent and Restoration Department; and Alumni Coordinator for Oregon State University Naval Reserve Officers Training Program.