John Stannard: sailor and carpenter, his first love has always been his family

Jean Michel Stannard

John Michael Stannard, 62, of Williston, ND, died suddenly on May 21, 2022 in Edmonds, Washington.

John was born on March 18, 1960 in Killeen, Texas to Thomas and Kay Stannard. Growing up in Williston ND, John enjoyed boating, water skiing, campfires, family and friends at Paradise Point. In his youth, he was actively involved in Cub Scouts, wrestling, football, band and choir.

While attending the University of North Dakota, he met and married the love of his life, Ann. He graduated from Montana Technological University in Butte, MT with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Science. He retired in 2021 after completing a career as an aerospace electrical engineer.

John’s first love has always been his family – his wife Annie of 41 years, his sons Tom and Riley and several much loved dogs. He had a great quest for learning, loved all things science fiction, and was an avid reader. John was good at woodworking. Her interest in hand hewing and carving has produced a series of unique wooden toys for her boys. Anything he built was known as “Johnny-built” because it would be strong and sturdy. John and his boys in their youth enjoyed participating in many Cub Scout activities and he especially enjoyed car, rocket and pine boat derbies. He was active in his sons’ pack as Derby Chairman and Cubmaster in Renton, WA. He sculpted individualized tie sliders for his sons and many other Cub Scouts. At a Christmas party, he surprised his mother and siblings with a hand-carved wooden Santa Claus for each of them.

John loved sailing and was Chairman of the Board of Edmonds Yacht Club. Spending time with his family on the sailboat was his favorite pastime. He was a kind and generous person who made this world a better place by going above and beyond to help others. Over the years, John and Ann have opened their home to many people in need of love and shelter. He is remembered for his sense of humor and ability to entertain family and friends with his own original silly songs as well as quoting Dr. Seuss. He also loved and appreciated his two Golden Retrievers, Shannon and Winston.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Ann Stannard, his sons Tom and Riley Stannard; his mother, Kay McCarthy, his aunt Gladys Stannard and his aunt Nancy Stannard, his uncle David Park, his siblings Mark Stannard, Jeani Driscoll, Kristy Richards, Holly Young, their families and many cousins ​​and members of the Stannards, Miner, Geagan and Dizdarevic Families.

John was predeceased by his father, Thomas Stannard, his grandparents John and Gladys Stannard, Mike and Marjorie McCarthy, and his step-grandmother, Aurilla McCarthy, and his great-aunt, Adah Miner.

John was greatly influenced in his career by one of his Montana Tech teachers, Conrad Hilpert. He had continued to support a scholarship in Conrad’s name throughout his life. Friends and family can honor John with donations to the Montana Tech Foundation: Connie and Lucy Hilpert Fellowship for Innovation at 1300 W Park St, Butte, MT 59701-8997. For more information, contact 406-496-4271 or click this link:

Gifts honoring John can also be sent to the Edmonds Carol Rowe Memorial Food Bank at

A memorial service will be held at Edmonds Yacht Club on June 17, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.