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Stan Finney - 14
03/17/10     Susan Adams  (1965)      subrosa47@aol.com
Stanford C. Finney Finney, Stanford C. After 61 years of a full life Stanford C. Finney passed away on Saturday March 13, 2010. Stan's earthly angel and wife of 23 years, Mary Clare, stood by his side along with his other beloved family members. Born on the 20th of December 1948, Stan was raised in Martinsville, VA and graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BSBA and MBA. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha and Gamma Chi Zeta Fraternities. An avid Razorback alumnus Stan routinely wore something red to show his enthusiasm for his alma mater. Stan's life was defined by his love for his family, his numerous friends and his devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ. As his cherished soul mate, Mary Clare was his touchstone, rock of Gibraltar and best friend. He and Mary Clare were true life partners. Everyone who knew them recognized their deep love for one another and their family. Their home was always filled with family, friends, laughter and love. He adored his six children and grandson. Among friends, when Stan's name was mentioned, the conversation always began something like this: "Stan is the greatest guy! Do you know what he did for me?" or "Stan gave me the best advice I ever had." Stan was a loving, caring, loyal, devoted person and friend to all. Lastly, his quiet walk with the Lord was extremely important to him. Through all relationships and circumstances his humility was revealed. As a father and uncle, he led by example. He encouraged his children, nieces and nephews to attend college and work hard. He nurtured his friendships through phone calls, sporting events, and travel adventures. Stan's life on earth was filled with great accomplishments that reflected a godly character. His friends and family were often captivated by his sense of humor and ability to tell a great story. He was known to laugh at his own jokes to the point of tears. Stan's frequent trips to Walmart and appreciation of a good deal definitely deserve an honorable mention. One could confidently say Stan was a "true fiscal conservative." Stan was a brilliant businessman, entrepreneur and risk taker. Stan started his career as a stockbroker with Eppler, Guerin & Turner. He then joined Shearson Lehman Brothers as a senior vice president, which later merged with Smith Barney. Stan was the number one producer, setting records within the company. In 1987 he founded Rainbow Trading Corporation, a registered commodity and pool advisor. Stan was a partner from 1997 through 2001 with Regal Asset Management while also serving as Chief Executive Officer of Spyglass Trading, which he founded in 1997. During his tenure at Shearson Lehman Brothers and Smith Barney, Stan was awarded the Director's Council Membership Outstanding Service award. Stan was an avid golfer and, as friends would tell you, an extremely competitive opponent. He was a member of numerous golf clubs in Texas and Colorado, but especially loved Preston Trails. Skiing, duck hunting and fly fishing were activities that he loved and shared with his family. He was a true fan of the Dallas Mavericks and Arkansas Razorbacks. As General Partner of the Dallas Sidekicks Indoor Soccer Team he was extremely proud of their 1987 MISL Championship Title and their accompanying Cinderella Story. It was the only national title won by a Dallas professional team in that decade. Also, he was equally proud to be a GTE Pro-Am Champion in the 1994 Byron Nelson Golf Tournament. Numerous charities including UT Southwestern, Crystal Charity Ball, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas and Highland Park Independent School District have benefitted from the generous hearts of the Finneys. Together they served as Honorary Chairpersons of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of North Texas, and in 2004, the Chairmen of Gilda's Club of North Texas. Stan was on the board of the Baylor Healthcare System Foundation. He is survived by his wife, Mary Clare Sheppard Finney, his mother, Louise Felkel Finney; his son, Hohman and his wife, Meredith and grandson Frazier, his sons, Preston and Ford Finney and Beau and Parker Brooks and daughter, Elle Finney; his sister, Douglas Finney and husband, Joe; his brother Fred Finney and wife Mary, nephew Zachary and niece, Marika Bourdeaux -Finney; his brother-in-law, John and wife, Cindy Sheppard and niece, Erin Ball; his sister-in-law Missy and husband, Todd Baumgartel and nephews, Bryson and Sam; his sister-in-law, Catherine and husband, Paul Closuit and nephew, Nicholas and niece, Emily; his sister-in-law, Laura Sheppard. His mother-in-law, Ann Norris; his father-in-law, Gillett Sheppard. He is predeceased by his father, Stanford Columbus Finney, Sr. A special thanks goes out to those who cared for and encouraged him: Dr. Elizabeth Maher, Dr. Barry Brooks, James Coffey, Rosa Lugo, Adrian Acosta, Carmen Rodriguez, Julia Hijada, Molave Hijada, Ignacio Lovecchio, Giorgio Lovecchio, Tony Hughes, Rodney Lewis and Gina Wardimu. Our sadness is far outweighed by thoughts of joy that Stan and Mary Clare brought to each other and to all those blessed enough to have known him. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, to whom he brought much love and laughter. Stan was a member of the Park Cities Presbyterian Church. A Memorial Service for all friends and family will be held 11:00 am Wednesday, March 17 at Park Cities Presbyterian Church, 4124 Oak Lawn Avenue. In lieu of flowers please make donations to: Park Cities Presbyterian Church 4124 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75219; UT Southwestern Medical Center, PO Box 910888, Dallas, Texas 75391-0888 or www.utsouthwestern.edu/don-atenow to support The Stan and Mary Clare Finney Neuro-oncology Research Fund, or Baylor Healthcare System Foundation, 3600 Gaston, Barnett Tower, Suite 100, Dallas, Texas 75246.