Dad’s obit in his hometown paper

Thanks, Donny, for writing this. 

STANLEY DAVID LASKIN

 January 26, 2012
Stanley David Laskin of Napa, CA, who grew up in Cochecton Center, NY and always considered it “home,” died at his daughter’s home in San Rafael, CA on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 after a courageous fight against cancer. He was 75.

Stan was born on November 30, 1936 to the late Harry and Frieda (Markowitz) Laskin, who lived in Cochecton Center, NY and raised three sons there.

A retired missile engineer since the late ‘50s, Stan’s work took him around the country from Vandenberg AFB in California to Cheyenne, Wyoming to Cape Canaveral, Florida.

He was a graduate of Narrowsburg High School, (class of 1954) and Broome Tech in Binghamton, NY, and attended NYU and Syracuse University. A member of Sports Car Club of America for 50 years, Stan was a champion race car driver and served as a track steward at many events. As late as this summer, he was given the honor of driving the pace car at Thunder Hill race track. While he raced many different types of cars, he had a special love for Corvettes and owned one since the 1960s, picking up his last one at the factory and driving it cross country to California.

With his late wife Pauline, Stan enjoyed traveling to China, Australia, Greece and Turkey. Their house was often filled with friends from an eclectic mix of backgrounds. But Stan never forgot his high school classmates and, in the last few years, kept in touch via email.

Stan is survived by his daughter Leslie Edie Reese-Laskin and son-in-law Steve of San Rafael, CA; brother Don and sister-in-law Marie Laskin of Sunnyvale, CA; grandchildren Emily and Benjamin and his late daughter Carol Lee’s children, Andrew and Abby; nieces Liana Laskin, Stacey Laskin, Jody Rosenberg and husband Stuart and Lori Bloom and husband Mike; and grand-nieces, grand-nephews and many cousins.

Stan is also predeceased by his brother, Allen Laskin, who quoted the aphorism, “You can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy.” Though they lived in other parts of the country, all three brothers felt that way about “back home.”

Burial is in San Rafael, California.

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  1. vonnie martin says:

    I met stan at greenhills while pauline was a older adult student of napa valley adult school. he was often there on friday afternoons, sitting with pauline and adding humour and laughing with the rest of us. he was witty and always had something clever or funny to say and added so much life and quality to our discussions. he would often brag about his grandchildren and loved to talk racing! I knew he was visiting when I saw the fire-engine red corvette parked in the lot of greenhills. it would bring a smile to my face. I couldn’t wait to hear his funny comment or joke for the day! he befriended a resident at greenhills and even after pauline died, would still come to visit marion. stan will be missed for his camraderie, his panache and his wonderful sense of humour. he was a good person and a great human being, a real mensch!

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