Stanford Teruya
  • 58 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 10, 1953
  • Place of birth:
    Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
  • Date of passing: Jun 7, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
"...a life with no regrets..."

Stan's Journey with Lymphoma

Many of you may not have known Stan was ill.  We hope you are not saddened that he did not share his illness with everyone.  If you knew Stan, you would understand he did not want people feeling awkward or sorry for him just because he had cancer.  Other than our immediate family there were only a handful of people who knew.  We decided to include this so that you could finally share his long journey with lymphoma.

In August 2009, during Stan's routine weight lifting workouts at the Newtown Recreation Center, he noticed that he was becoming increasingly fatigued and breathless between sets.  This was very unusual as Stan worked out religiously and never experienced this type of fatigue.  He very wisely decided to visit his friend, Dr. Lance Kagihara, and requested to have an examination.  Dr. Lance ordered routine blood tests and that very afternoon called him back to the office to tell him the tests were abnormal and he needed to immediately see Dr. Kenneth Sumida, hematologist/oncologist. 

More tests confirmed that Stan had Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in his bone marrow.  Many, many months of treatment followed with the cancer returning very quickly after each new course of chemotherapy.  Dr. Sumida advised that his best chance for cure would be to fly to the mainland and receive treatment at a center specializing in bone marrow transplants. Fred Huchinson Cancer Center was selected because brother Alan lived in Seattleand willingly agreed to be the main caregiver for Stan's 3-4 month stay.  On October 13, 2011, following intense chemotherapy and radiation treatment, Stan received an autologous bone marrow transplant from his own stem cells which had been harvested from his blood.

The transplant seemed to be a success and the week before thanksgiving 2011, Stan was given the approval to return home.  Thanks goodness!  He would be home in time for wrestling season!  We continued to have weekly visits with Dr. Sumida who closely monitored Stan's progress.  Initially, there was some rise in his blood counts, but progress was slow.  By February 2012, Stan's blood counts started falling again and he needed weekly transfusions of red blood cells and/or platelets and in May, Dr. Sumida confirmed that the lymphoma was back in his bone marrow.  Blood tests were done on his brothers in hopes of finding a match so that he could have a second bone marrow transplant.  Brother Roger was found to be a perfect match and the family rejoiced! 

On May 21st, while receiving a transfusion of platelets, Stan began running a fever and Dr. Sumida admitted him to KuakiniHospital.  We all expected him to be in the hospital for just a few days of IV antibiotic treatment and return home again.  The fever was eventually controlled, but doctors noted he was becoming increasingly jaundiced.  Tests and scans during the next few weeks showed that his liver was failing and doctors were frustrated because they could not find the cause.  Was it some type of blockage?  Was it more lymphoma in the liver?  Was it his gallbladder?  Specialists were brought in to assist, but Stan's condition continued to worsen.  Doctors worked furiously to try and get the liver to respond to treatment.  Despite their best efforts, Stan became bedridden and disoriented as his liver and kidney functions deteriorated. Seventeen days after being admitted, his body was too tired to continue the fight and he passed away at1:45amon June 7th. 

Stan spent his last weeks doing the things he loved to do...simple things.  He golfed with friends Sol and Joe and Jason.  He went down to watchTrenton hit golf balls at the driving range.  He spent time with brother Darryl.  He had lunch with friends JoAnne and Clyde and Jared.  He went to work and visited with the doctors and nurses he had come to know as friends.  We had sunday dinners with the kids and grandma and burned the keawe wood he gathered at the golf course. I think he knew the time he had to spend with us was short and he wanted to have no regrets if he had to leave.

Trenton, Traci and I would like to thank our family and friends who have supported Stan through his journey with lymphoma.  Our hope is that one day cancer research will find a cure for this disease so that others may return to live many healthy years with their families. 

Thank you so much for visiting and contributing to this memorial website. 


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Dani Emoto on 11th July 2017

"Happy Birthday Stan!!!   You are always in our thoughts!!!  So many of us from different offices, still talk about what a great person you are and how much we all miss you!!!"

This tribute was added by Jeff Yoshioka on 10th July 2017

"Happy Birthday, Stan! I just realized that I've always been a day late with my birthday wishes...DOH! I blame it on the fact I'm always on Hawaiian time ;) And, as usual, thanks for everything!"

This tribute was added by kim koyanagi on 8th June 2017

"....I think of you often....
I am so blessed to be able to work with Traci....It brings me comfort and so much joy. I'm sure you see what a wonderful and beautiful woman she has become because of you.
Miss you, my friend! ❤️"

This tribute was added by Dani Emoto on 8th June 2017

"Forever in our thoughts and hearts.  Miss you Stan but know you are always around and talking with Royden."

This tribute was added by Julie Howard on 21st January 2017

"I  am so sorry to hear of Stan's passing and his battle with lymphoma.  I also worked for Bristol-Myers Squibb with Stan. I  was the rep in Alaska, but had lived on the Big Island before moving to AK. Stan and Merv and Mr. Thompson were very kind to me as a rookie. Later I moved to Maui and was having financial difficulties and needed a place to  stay in Honolulu to  fly to  the  mainland and it was my birthday and Stan and his wonderful wife Ann were kind enough to let me stay in their home and I had I had a wonderful birthday with Stan and his daughter seeing dolphins on Oahu. I  have thought of this family's kindness many times since they were so hospitable to me July of 1999. May God bless  you."

This tribute was added by Gail Nakama on 12th July 2016

"Miss you cousin!"

This tribute was added by Jeff Yoshioka on 11th July 2016

"Happy Birthday Stan! Just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you on your special day."

This tribute was added by Dani Emoto on 11th July 2016


This tribute was added by wynn wakuzawa on 10th July 2016

"Hi Stan,
Well now Happy Birthday !!! It is a beautiful summer day in the isles.
Just got back from a trip to NYC and Washington DC.It was for Christine's graduation gift and also to celebrate Brent turning 21.
I heard someone say that even if you have to borrow money, it is worth it to go on a family vacation every year, for memories will be created that last a lifetime, and that point in time can never be recaptured. Sage advice.
Aloha, my friend and peace out."

This tribute was added by wynn wakuzawa on 7th June 2016

"Hi Stan,
Greetings and best wishes as always from the Wakuzawa clan !!!
Well, Christine finally did it and graduated this year
I enjoyed the ceremony and especially seeing the class of 1966 honored in their 50th anniversary of graduating. In watching the quality of graduates, the school is doing well

Congratulations on the wrestling team that did so well this year - many were your wrestlers and benefitted from your coaching and mentorship

We currently are on vacation. Brent, Christine, and I
The usual crowds in NYC but we saw a bunch of NYPD officers carrying AR 15s - Wow !!!
We got tickets for some shows this week but as we walked by the Theater District, saw many more that I would like to see.
Typical me, I was stoked to find a coat that still fit but forgot to pack it , in part because of a phising scam that I had to rectify just before leaving.

Hope that everyone in the Teruya ohana is doing well.
Did I mention that I truly miss our talks  whether it be at your house, at school, or wherever
You are truly an awesome mentor, and had a great role in teaching me how to live a good life

Take care

This tribute was added by Dani Emoto on 7th June 2016

"Dear Stan,  another year has gone by, but you have never left our thoughts or our hearts.  Every Pharm rep that comes to our office, makes me miss you and your infectious smile.  Every mention of Little League or baseball game reminds me of the time and effort you gave to so many young players, including my son.  I know you and Royden must be coaching up their right now.  You were so much alike.  Every football season, I think of you and remember how we would run into each on on the walkway.  Every picture of your family I see on Facebook makes me smile because you are there.  Thank you dear friend, for always being the supportive, encouraging "brother" that you were!"

This tribute was added by kim koyanagi on 7th June 2016

"Oh Stan-
I cannot believe it's been 4 years since you've left us. In my mind and heart I still see, hear and feel you warm smile, laughter and the kindness of your soul. I miss you and our long conversations..seeing you sitting in our waiting room so patiently, and when I was ready to see you, you would stand up with your great big smile and funny way of pulling up your pants/adjusting your belt. :)  I really miss you my friend!
I am extremely blessed to be working with Traci. The both of you did well in raising her and you should be proud! I see so much if you in her. This makes working with her that much more special.
I hope you're golfing a lot up there in heaven and having a great time. Until we meet again, Stan. I miss you my friend!
Sending you smiles and hugs to heaven!"

This tribute was added by Gwenn Daley on 9th November 2014

"Came across this which was announced at an MSRH meeting after his passing...still miss his smile and laugh!

With the sudden passing of Stan Teruya, we would be remiss not to take a moment to remember him.

First of all, he proposed to his wife Anne here at Willows.

He worked in the industry for 30 years.

A humble and giving man, who was no stranger to service.  He supported every single fundraiser I had!  Gotta love a friend like that!

A friend shared with me that after a dinner program, he waited until she was ready to leave and then escorted her to her car….chivalry - He was a true gentleman!

He would have been 59 tomorrow, July 10.

I co-promoted products with Stan for 7 years.  I loved his carefree ways.  His sense of humor would come through in all his communications.  In emails, he would address the team as “hey GANG or GANGSTERS”.  He had a talent for simplifying complex and technical information and would humbly credit it to “that’s how my public school brain works”.

While you are all still smiling, I ask that you all take a moment to reflect on the good, smiling, fun Stan that we will all miss!  He would not want to be remembered with any sadness as he was a strong believer in living “a life with no regrets”."

This tribute was added by Jeff Yoshioka on 11th July 2014

"Happy Birthday, Stan!"

This tribute was added by wynn wakuzawa on 10th July 2014

"Dear Stan,
Here's to wishing you a happy birthday

This tribute was added by kim koyanagi on 10th July 2014

"Sending birthday wishes to you in heaven. Miss you your smile!
Happy birthday, Stan!"

This tribute was added by Dani Emoto on 10th July 2014


This tribute was added by Dani Emoto on 8th June 2014

"Miss you Stan.  It doesn't seem like 2 years since I last talked with you and heard that wonderful laugh."

This tribute was added by kim koyanagi on 8th June 2014

"...miss the days where we would laugh and talk stories...
Miss you lots, Stan!"

This tribute was added by wynn wakuzawa on 7th June 2014

"Dear Stan,
To one of my most beloved mentors in life, I really miss just sitting down and talking story.  By the way whatever happened to the orange VW with the surf racks?  A classic.
Aloha, my friend"

This tribute was added by Dani Emoto on 10th July 2013


This tribute was added by wynn wakuzawa on 10th July 2013

"Happy Birthday Stan
I hope that you continue to smile and see all of the positive things in people and all of life situations.
You continue to inspire me and remind me that humility is so important for everyone"

This tribute was added by Jeff Yoshioka on 11th June 2013

"Stan, I can't believe it's a year since the world lost one of its greatest.  Your friendship, kindness & advice will forever guide me in life, especially, "don't be a wuss." I will always cherish the moments we spent together at the gym, on the field & golf course, at lunch, & everywhere else in between.  You were and will forever be one of the most influential people in my life. Mahalo!=)"

This tribute was added by wynn wakuzawa on 8th June 2013

"Dear Stan,
I still remember the orange VW with the surf racks.
Stan the Man   oh what memories
I still miss our conversations and being able to seek your advice on all matters
be at peace, my friend"

This tribute was added by Dani Emoto on 7th June 2013

"Dear Stan,
It's been a year since you began your journey as a guardian angel.  Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and your great smile and laugh!  I miss your visits to the office and your "brotherly advice" when you felt I needed the often deserved, kick in the pants. Thank you Stan for all you did!!!  You are missed  so very much!!!"

This tribute was added by kim koyanagi on 7th June 2013

I can't believe that it has been a year since you've earned your wings and your place in heaven. I miss your gentle ways, beautiful smile and the days you would visit me at my office where we'd sit and talk.
I miss you, my friend...."

This tribute was added by Clement Bautista on 7th March 2013

"Stan was "the man." Someone we all looked up to and wanted to be like. After wrestling under him, Stan became a friend who always gave of himself and never asked for anything in return. He was still "the man." With Ann, I will always treasure their friendship, advice and spirit."

This tribute was added by Jim Churchill on 30th October 2012

"Stan was my room mate our freshman year at Linfield College in McMinnville, OR in 1971.  He was always friendly and outgoing.  He missed his family in Hawaii and didn't return the following year.  I regret not staying in touch with him. My sincere sympathies to his family."

This tribute was added by Dani Emoto on 16th September 2012

"Tonight was the first home game for the 2012 UH Warriors football season.  We always ran into each other on the walkway by the concessions...so walking to our seats was bitter sweet.  But at half time, a big moth came flying by us, and we knew you were here Stan.  Just like after Royden passed away...the big moth came to see us at the first home game.  Thanks for coming to say hello..."

This tribute was added by deborah kaneshiro on 15th September 2012

"When Dr. Stewart Matsumoto closed his office and I was looking for a job, you Stan were so concerned and tried to help me find something...that's just the kind of person you were. I will never forget your kindness, your easy personality and unforgettable smile. God needed you now, but graciously let us have you for a bit!  We are grateful to Ann for sharing you with us all. Until we meet.."

This tribute was added by Carol Claes on 10th September 2012

"Funny, I thought of Stan after 43 years....I met Stan while in high school. I guess it doesn't matter the details, however I just lost my sister to cancer in February.  My sister also attended Kaimuki High School..
I know they are both in a better place.. Even 43 years ago Stan was a sweet  sweet guy.  Sounds like he never changed."

This tribute was added by Stan Sakumoto on 13th July 2012

"I have known Stan since our days at Kaimuki High School. I will miss our talks in the parking lots on sports events and coaching stories. We both grew up playing sports and learning to leave everything on the field or mat with no regrets. You carried that on with your life and I will miss seeing you dearly. God bless you and your family."

This tribute was added by Dani Emoto on 10th July 2012

"Happy  Birthday Stan!  Have a great party up there and know that we are celebrating you here!"

This tribute was added by Laughlin Tanaka on 10th July 2012

"Stan, I have known you all your career with BMS.  We bumped along in pharmaceuticals through the good and not so good times and you were always a welcome sight in the jungle of reps.  You shared and cared when I was divorced and I was so glad you and Ann joined me at my second marriage reception....you are true friend I will sorely miss."

This tribute was added by Bryan Wong on 4th July 2012

"Aloha Coach Stan,
Much Mahalo for bringing out "the best" in all of us.  Your dedication, humor, and positive attitude toward working hard was contiguous.
More than 35 years ago...I still remember your words of wisdom and kindness.  God Bless you, Ann, and your family."

This tribute was added by Kenneth Voorhees on 2nd July 2012

""Stan, in August 2007 I'll never forget how you walked across the street from your home to introduce my family to the neighborhood. With that broad smile you said, "I'm Stan and this is Ann, easy to remember, ya?"   I'll never forget the fun discussions about college football! We will miss you ......."

This tribute was added by Clyde Shimotsu on 2nd July 2012

"I am very fortunate to have had Stan as a close friend.  I'll always remember the great times we've shared; the discussions, the laughter, the encouragement and the harrassment.  I miss you Stan and I hope the golf up there is great and that you never have to follow slow players.  A hui hou!"

This tribute was added by George Apduhan on 2nd July 2012

"A great coach to both my Son and I. But, even a greater person. Always there to help. Never quick to judge. Aloha Stan."

This tribute was added by Dani Emoto on 2nd July 2012

"Dear Stan
I will be eternally grateful for your support through the years...it's been a long time since we first met in the 70's.  Your guidance and friendship kept me strong through many difficult times.  I know you are in a better place now and enjoying a baseball game with Royden. Thank you dear Stan.  You will forever be in my thoughts."

This tribute was added by Carlin Yetts on 2nd July 2012

"As a freshman at HPU and new asst. coach Stan took me under his wing and taught me so much that i still use today as a coach. Thank you Stan for your wisdom and to the whole Teruya family for looking out me while i was in Hawaii. I am glad god gave me the chance to know you."

This tribute was added by Daniel Aipa on 1st July 2012

"Aloha Coach Stan. God Bless you and your family."

This tribute was added by kim koyanagi on 1st July 2012

"Stan..it has been my honor getting to know such a great man over the years. I can still see your smile, your raspy voice and your gesture (fixing your belt/pulling up our pants..haha). over the years, you have become a great friend.  I miss you Stan, but know we'll meet again. be sure to unlock the 'gate'. ;) my heart aches but I know you're in a better place..'til another day, my friend."

This tribute was added by kathy taketa on 30th June 2012

"Thank you Stan for sharing your life with us.  You touched our lives in so many ways and gave with your heart unconditionally.  You are the example of a true friend, mentor and most of all "selfless".  Forever missed but the memories and legacy you built will live on.  No green onions in saimin......until we meet again...."

This tribute was added by wynn wakuzawa on 29th June 2012

"Dear Stan,
Mere words cannot describe the impact that you have had on my life.
You are my coach, mentor, but also a special friend.
I learned much about wrestling, but so much more about living from you.  Whenever I had questions or needed advice about anything, you always made yourself available."

This tribute was added by Buddy Festerling on 29th June 2012

"Stan the Man, a fantastic guy and wrestling coach. Many thanks for all you did. I'll always remember you. God Bless."

This tribute was added by Ailona Stucchi on 28th June 2012

"A candle lit by Ailona   (Felix) Stucchi today, it is raining here in Pukalani, never rains here, I feel that the Lord has let the rain fall, for the passing of Stanford. Kuulei you picked the perfect song for Stanford, on Monday I saw a full on rainbow, that rainbow was for Standford. A Hui Ho` the angel has come for you Standford, in a better place now."

This tribute was added by nate chung on 27th June 2012

"I came to know Stan as a friendly, unassuming, soft-spoken, dedicated, humorous, gentleman.  Always willing to help the kids and the wrestling program.  We will definitely miss him."

This tribute was added by Kuulei Park on 25th June 2012

"Stanford was such a dear, sweet guy - always smiling and really, such a nice, well-liked person.  I'll truly miss him!  The last song that I arranged on the 'ukulele and played for my late husband before his passing was "Over the Rainbow" and as a tribute to Stanford, I found a quiet moment and played it for him as well; like my husband, I believe he was an earth angel just.....going home."

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