ForeverMissed
Memorial Service Saturday, May 1st at 11:00am, El Montecito Presbyterian Church
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December 19,1925 - March 27, 2021


Posted by Dan Ekstrand on April 30, 2021
Dad, Thank you for being there for us everyday. For being an example of Christian and family values. For the fun times in the summer backpacking in Yosemite and the skills I learned working
for Zig-Zag construction that I still use in retirement. You will be missed.
Posted by Mark Ekstrand on April 29, 2021
See the STORIES tab above for the full story from Denny and Cindy!

Stan and Betty were true encouragers, mentors, and a dear brother and sister in Christ! What a glorious and joy-filled reunion must have taken place as they have been re-united. There is no doubt in our minds that these words were spoken over them, "Well done, good and faithful servant!" 

Our love and prayers to all the family as you adjust to life here on earth without these dear ones.

Denny and Cindy Noble
Posted by Mark Ekstrand on April 29, 2021
My Uncle Stan was always funny. He was unpredictable in what he would say. 
He had snakes and lizards as pets. One time he brought a snake over to our house and showed us how it would slither into the sleeve of his shirt, then out the other sleeve.
He and Betty were very hospitable. We spent many Thanksgiving dinners at their house. Our family loved going over there.
Nancy Voss
Posted by Steve Ekstrand on April 29, 2021
Thanks Dad for your love, your faith, the lessons, the conversations, the trips, the humor. I miss you.
Posted by Mark Ekstrand on April 25, 2021
Thank you Dad for the love, the life, the lessons, and the laughter.

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Posted by Dan Ekstrand on April 30, 2021
Dad, Thank you for being there for us everyday. For being an example of Christian and family values. For the fun times in the summer backpacking in Yosemite and the skills I learned working
for Zig-Zag construction that I still use in retirement. You will be missed.
Posted by Mark Ekstrand on April 29, 2021
See the STORIES tab above for the full story from Denny and Cindy!

Stan and Betty were true encouragers, mentors, and a dear brother and sister in Christ! What a glorious and joy-filled reunion must have taken place as they have been re-united. There is no doubt in our minds that these words were spoken over them, "Well done, good and faithful servant!" 

Our love and prayers to all the family as you adjust to life here on earth without these dear ones.

Denny and Cindy Noble
Posted by Mark Ekstrand on April 29, 2021
My Uncle Stan was always funny. He was unpredictable in what he would say. 
He had snakes and lizards as pets. One time he brought a snake over to our house and showed us how it would slither into the sleeve of his shirt, then out the other sleeve.
He and Betty were very hospitable. We spent many Thanksgiving dinners at their house. Our family loved going over there.
Nancy Voss
his Life
Stanley H. Ekstrand was born on December 19th, 1925 to Walter Raymond Ekstrand and Lula Marie Ekstrand. 
If you were to ask Stan what the H. stands for, he would always say "Handsome".
He was born and raised in San Jose, CA along with his two sisters Rae and Lynne. His father "Ray" was a sought after skilled automotive technician, right when automobiles were becoming essential, so the family did not suffer financially much from the Depression. Stan's early jobs were at the American Can Company and a local car dealer (Joe Kerley), and for fun he enjoyed occasional trips to the roller derby in San Francisco. After high school, his infantry unit was just one day from being deployed when it was announced the war in Europe had ended. It was just one of many examples where he felt God's protection over him. He Served in post-war Europe as a jeep driver for the Army Military Police.  He told stories of witnessing one of the mass graves of the Holocaust. He was told not to go down those railroad tracks because there was a large grave there. Of course, he went anyway.  
While in Europe he fell in love with the beautiful city of Vienna, which he would visit again later in his life. And probably where he began his interest in intricate antique clocks.
Graduating from San Jose State University, he married Betty, his wife of 57 years, and they attended Nyack College in New York with plans to become missionaries. Instead he began a long career as a math and science teacher and coach at a local elementary school. 
From his experience in the war, where he vowed "never to be cold again", they settled in beautiful Scotts Valley, CA to raise their family of three boys.  As a science teacher he would often bring home various critters from the classroom including his favorites, snakes and lizards. Summers were opportunities for travel, camping, backpacking, and building houses with the whole family and friends. Everyone learned a lot working for the informally named ZigZag Construction. He enjoyed construction and planned to work in a volunteer capacity after retiring from the classroom.
He was driven and comforted by a great faith in Jesus Christ which was illuminated by a deeply felt understanding of the sovereignty of God, which he studied deeply and freely articulated. After retirement, the couple volunteered for Wycliffe Associates helping bible translators around the world with construction projects, including in Africa, New Guinea, South America, England and Vienna.  
He also had a love for cars which he probably inherited from his father. From his first 1926 Packard, to even the inopportunely overheating 1967 Pontiac Station Wagon, to the joy of his last 2007 G6 GT convertible with automatic retracting roof, he enjoyed them all and he loved driving. 
Stan and Betty decided to fully retire at The Samarkand in Santa Barbara in 2004. They loved the area and made lots of friends there. 
Stan will be fondly remembered for his ability to weave a story and unique sense of humor which was appreciated by most.
He is survived by three sons and four grandchildren.

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Thank you, Stan.

Shared by Linda L Simons on May 5, 2021
I'm Linda Simons, wife of Gary, who grew up with the Ekstrand boys.  I met the Ekstrands over 45 years ago just prior to getting married and joining Wycliffe Bible Translators. 

During Stan and Betty's years working with Wycliffe Associates, they would sometimes pass through Dallas or come here for more extended times of work.  We always were benefited by these visits both for the fun fellowship and also for the fact that Stan always found something to fix in this old house of ours.  He even worked with Gary's dad to put a new (level) subfloor in the dining room and kitchen (he complained about the fact that the peas rolled off his plate...).  That was just one of the many ways he help us with his construction skills over the years.

We are thankful for Stan and Betty and we miss them both.  We are grateful to them and to the extended Ekstrand family for their many years of friendship and support.

EKSTRANDED!

Shared by Mark Ekstrand on April 29, 2021
Thirty-five years ago the Lord brought Stan and Betty Ekstrand into our lives.  They had come to Waxhaw, North Carolina as Wycliffe Associates volunteers ("WA's"), and Denny and I were Wycliffe Associates staff.  Then a couple years later, we had taken an assignment in Dakar, Senegal.  The project was our first overseas experience, and there we were, a young family with three little boys ages 8, 6, and 3. We were there to supervise the construction project and serve as hosts to the many volunteers. The living arrangements were communal, with a group kitchen and bathrooms, and then a string of motel-like bedrooms.  We ate all three meals together as a big family.  On the day that Stan and Betty arrived, we were all sitting at the long dining table enjoying lunch.  A member of SIL had gone to the airport to meet the Ekstrands and bring them to the project.  An enclosed screened porch was our dining room.  The door swung open, and as they walked into the dining area, Stan announced, "What do ya gotta do to get a cup of coffee around here?" The twinkle in his eye went unheeded by Trudy, the very staid German Mennonite woman who was in charge of meal preparation.  A few days later, while we were all eating our rather simple lunch of fresh bread, tomatoes, ham, and cheese, the question rang out, "What do ya gotta do to get some mayonnaise around here?" Trudy was very quiet, and later came to Denny and said, "I think that man hates me!" The story has a happy ending...Trudy did learn to acknowledge,(if not quite "get") Stan's wonderfully dry sense of humor.
Stan and Betty became surrogate grandparents to our boys.  We were all thrilled when a few years later, they came to work with us again, this time in Yaounde, Cameroon.  We took a trip to a remote vilage with them and another volunteer, Richard Titus, all squished together in a double cab Toyota Hi-Lux.  I think we laughed all the way there and back.  
And one last memory...we were in the States, traveling and visiting our support partners.  Our trip had taken us from PA through the midwest, up to Washington State, and down the Pacific Coast, making our way to Orange, CA for a conference.  We stayed with Stan and Betty in their lovely home in Santa Cruz for two nights then headed south for the conference.  Shortly after leaving their home, our old van broke down on the highway.  Our sunshade had a "NEED HELP" message on the back side, so we put that in the windshield and hoped someone would see it.  As we were all sitting there watching the cars speed past, suddenly one of us said, "That was the Ekstrands!!"  A few minutes later a Highway Patrol Officer stopped to help us, and then, there were Stan and Betty, pulling up behind us!  They arranged and paid for towing our van to the nearest garage, which happened to have a hotel and a restaurant, they paid for the repairs AND our room and meals...and as if that wasn't enough...they took us to Disneyland for a day, renting rooms so that we all could go to the park in the morning, leave and get lunch, get some rest, then go back to the park and stay until it closed!
Our family description of this series of events is, "We were stranded...but then we were EKSTRANDED!
Stan and Betty were true encouragers, mentors, and a dear brother and sister in Christ!  What a glorious and joy-filled reunion must have taken place as they have been re-united.  There is no doubt in our minds that these words were spoken over them, "Well done, good and faithful servant!"  
Our love and prayers to all the family as you adjust to life here on earth without these dear ones.
Denny and Cindy Noble
Shared by Mark Ekstrand on April 29, 2021
This is from Stan's sister, Rae…

Stan was born and grew up in San Jose, and had one other sister, Lynne.We all had a wonderful childhood climbing trees, playing kickball in the street, sleeping outside in the summer and playing with our dog skipper. We went to Sunday  school every Sunday.We walked to school every day and once a week after school attended a Bible class at a little church that was near our school. At this time all three of us accepted Jesus as our savior and we all stayed true to our faith. I even remember the teachers name, Miss Drace. We all saw her years later at Mount Hermon. 
     We all attended Campbell high school, and immediately after graduation as World War II was winding down Stan was drafted and sent to Germany with the army of occupation where he drove a jeep for a US general. He returned home just in time for my wedding to Bob Mason. He didn’t have appropriate clothes so Bob bought him a suit.
     Stan had an amazing sense of humor. Many years later Stan took Lynne and me to his timeshare at Bass Lake. He had a really neat convertible and we spent a fun afternoon with the top down driving around the lake listening to Johnny Cash music. What a memory. What a wonderful brother.
     I’ll miss him but know that I will see him again one day in heaven.
His sister, Rae