In Memoriam: Stan Meager, a Miner's Miner

(Stan and his wife Sharon.)

It is with great sadness in my heart to report that my mining friend Stan Meager died on June 8th, 2016 in an automobile accident. He leaves behind many friends and fellow small-scale gold miners as well as his loving wife of 50+ years, Sharon, and his extended family members.

Stan had just commented on a recent Bedrock Dreams post on June 7th, the day before his death. Stan had served many years in law enforcement in California before retiring and moving to devote himself to small-scale prospecting and mining in the northern part of the Golden State. Like myself, Stan was one of the old breed, an old-school miner who knew his way around placer ground as well as hard rock mining. A few years ago he sent me photos of some of the gold ore from an old mine he was working and it was very pretty stuff...beautiful yellow gold encased in white sugar quartz. 

Stan was always a staunch supporter of my efforts here at Bedrock Dreams and I've always remained appreciative of that fact. He was a stand-up guy, loyal and supportive to those close to him right to the end. He knew mining backwards and forwards and taught me a thing or two along the way. The best praise I can give anyone is to call that person a miner's miner. And Stan was that in spades.

The small-scale mining community has lost a good one in Stan. I will miss him. But if there's gold to be mined somewhere out there in that grand universe of ours, Stan will be hard at it. I have no doubt of that.

For those of you who might have known Stan and his family, or if you'd just like to do something nice for those he's left behind, you can make a donation and perhaps say a few words at the following online site:

Stan, rest in peace my friend. You are missed.

(c) Jim Rocha (J.R.) 2016

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  1. JR, very sorry to hear about this. When the end comes suddenly,without warning, it is extra hard on the family. There is so much left unsaid and undone. This is why we all need to be reminded to never go to bed mad and to tell those we love how much they mean to us. R.I.P

  2. You're absolutely right Gary. Thanks for commenting.

  3. Oh, NO! Stan was a good friend of mine also. Years ago he lost a dredge to the Klamath River and I had a 4" dredge that I sent him. Folks were taking up a collection on Doc's Yank and Aussie Gold Prospecting forum. I had the 4" in working order and said I'd donate it to him if they paid the freight. I had an opportunity to actually spend a few days with Stan a several years ago. It was a great visit. I helped him get a few metal detectors to work his hard rock digging later on, and he sent me some beautiful specimens which I still have in my collection. No wonder I haven't received any emails from him in several days. What sad news. Stan and I go back many years. I sure will miss him. RIP my friend!
    Rattlesnake Jim

  4. Yes Jim, sad to say Stan has left us. May he rest well in the hands of the universal source.


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