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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