LCDR USN Stanislaw “Stan” Mackey (retired) died Feb. 17 at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. He was 88.
In accordance with his wishes, he was cremated. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 29, at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main Street in Grass Valley.
Mr. Mackey was born June 8, 1919, in Lowell, Mass., to Dominic and Mary Mackey. He graduated from Tufts College with a degree in business economics. He became a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy on July 1, 1943, and served until April 1, 1963. He served in World War II as a fighter pilot aboard several aircraft carriers, including the USS Franklin. Among the many planes he flew were the Hellcat, Bearcat, 495 Jet and SNB twin engine. His service included the Korean War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. The honors he received for his heroic efforts during his time of service include the Distinguished Flying Cross; Air Medal with five gold stars; World War II Victory Medal; Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal (five bronze stars); Korean Service Medal; Philippine Liberation (two bronze stars) and the National Service Defense Medal.
Mr. Mackey settled in the San Jose area after his distinguished career in the Navy and began a drapery/blind cleaning business. After 22 years he left San Jose for Grass Valley, where he continued his business for a short time. In the mid-1990s, he took up his love of flying again and co-piloted a small aircraft.
He loved a good joke and had a curious nature about the world around him. He enjoyed reading aviation books and magazines and woodworking. His fun-loving nature will be missed by family and friends.
Mr. Mackey is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Dorothy Mackey, of Grass Valley; daughters and sons-in-law Carol and Ed Crutchfield, of Hermiston, Ore., and Mary and Darrell Lancaster, of Galt; daughter, Janice Mackey, of Elk Grove; son-in-law, Todd Marentis, of Sacramento; granddaughter, Katrina Allen; sister, Frances Cloran, of Chicago, Ill., and niece, Ellen Marie Yesukevich.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathy Mackey-Marentis, and sister, Caroline Gaspar.
Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary in Grass Valley.
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