October 2, 1945 - June 22, 2019
Raymond Ellis Stanland Jr., aged 73, died on Saturday, June 22, 2019, after suffering a massive stroke. He was born in Mobile, Alabama, where he met his loving wife of 54 years, Karen, in high school. Raymond attended Auburn University, where he earned a Bachelor of Industrial Design, and the University of North Carolina, where he earned a PhD in Urban Planning. Raymond spent many years working as a city planner for the City of Dallas, and as a consultant to municipalities across the country with his planning firm Stanland & Associates.
A talented artisan, Raymond’s motto was, “I could make that.” Raymond had a wide range of hobbies, including photography, stained glass, woodworking, metal working, car repair, plumbing and electrical work, and construction. He never met a project he could not accomplish. But his real hobby was helping people. He was always willing to use his talents to assist family, friends and neighbors with projects—designing and building furniture or kitchen cabinets, building or repairing fences and decks, and helping wherever needed.
Raymond loved his family. In addition to his wife Karen, he is survived by his daughter Kate Stanland Metzler, her husband Eric and their daughter Lilly, his daughter Christina Stanland and her husband Cristian Panaite, his sister Polly Croxton and his niece Cindy Meinhardt, his sister-in-law Barbara Taylor, four great-nephews and nieces, and numerous cousins. He will be sorely missed.
A Celebration of his Life will be held
Thursday, June 27, 2019 – 10:00 am
Casa Emanu-El United Methodist Church
9998 Ferguson Road
Dallas, Texas 75228
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Democratic National Committee or to a charity of your choice.
A Signature Service under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home
10116 E. Northwest Highway
Dallas, Texas 75238
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