Stanley Eugene Easter, a musician and former Mountain View resident, died Jan. 23. He was 78.
Born in 1932 in Kansas, he grew up in Yakima, Washington. He showed musical gifts at a young age, singing on the radio at age 4 and picking up trombone in elementary school.
He earned his bachelor's degree from the Eastman School of Music, and his master's degree from the University of Oklahoma. He played with the Oklahoma City Symphony and married the harpist, Katherine Rapp. They moved to New York City, where Easter earned his doctoral degree in education from Teachers College at Columbia. He performed in Broadway shows, and with the New York Philharmonic, the American Symphony and the NYC Ballet Orchestra, among others.
When the couple divorced in 1969, Easter moved to California, where he performed with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and other ensembles, and found his calling at Canada College in Woodside where he taught music for more than 30 years. He served as minister of music at several local churches, including Bethany Lutheran in Menlo Park and Mountain View Presbyterian.
In 1972, he married Ietje Hoogland, with whom he shared two daughters. Ietje died in 1992 and Easter married Rita Reitz in 1997.
He was a member and past deacon of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church; he was a past Rotarian and member of Sons in Retirement. He played with Bay Bones Trombone Choir, and organized musical programs at Little House Senior Center in Menlo Park. The last years of Stan's life were spent at Oak Tree Villa in Scott's Valley.
The family prefers memorial donations be made to World Vision, (888) 511-6519, Fund ID 105429405.
He is survived by his daughters Michelle Easter and Cathrine Berlin, both of Santa Cruz; his siblings Connie Ruyle of Boise, Patricia Berlin of Milpitas, Jan Easter of Nampa, Idaho and Fred Easter of Draper, Utah; and a grandson, Jaxon Giberson.