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Stan Case
1959 -2003

Stan Case’s life was one of grace, service, and kindness – shared powerfully through music, theater, and his selfless caring for others. He was an unwavering friend to an astounding number of people.

Stan Darole Case was born April 26th, 1959, in North Carolina, the eldest of four children of a truck driver and a Christian Science practitioner. “He was my quiet one,“ Sue Case said of her firstborn, “…my calm, gentle one.”  From the earliest times, Stan’s life was one of contradictions. A look at his “day jobs” throughout his life gives no indication of the high level of his artistic achievement. Stan was, at various times, a truck driver, mover, security guard, and, most recently, a warehouseman. Similarly, while he was a man of great physical bravery (with knifing scars on his torso and a bullet lodged in his ankle from his security guard days to prove it), it was gentleness and kindness that endeared him to so many people.

Possibly the most eloquent testament to Stan’s temperament was his ability to remain good-natured while enduring years of excruciating pain. In 1984, four days before his 26th birthday, Stan was at an El Cajon gas station on his motorcycle when a truck struck him and catapulted him over his handlebars. Having suffered critical head injuries, Stan was not only alive, but was cracking jokes with the amazed helicopter paramedics on the way to the hospital. He awoke from a week-long coma after lengthy surgery - at half of his former weight - with a steel plate in his skull. Stan lived the rest of his life with crushing headaches, and it was perhaps his own endurance of unrelenting pain that gave him so much empathy for others.

Stan Case was best known for his incredible singing voice and his magnetic stage presence. His performances in opera, musicals, and the oratorio repertoire are too numerous to list. Beginning in young adulthood with the San Diego Opera Company, Starlight Opera, San Diego Gilbert and Sullivan, Grossmont Opera, and The Old Globe Theater, Stan sang roles ranging from Tevye to Sarastro.  

In 1987, by way of the Ananda Center in San Diego, Stan began his long association with the Community of Ananda in Nevada City, CA. Living at the Ananda Community during the late eighties, he not only developed spiritually, but also made enduring friendships with many of the members. In the early nineties he relocated to Sonoma County where he said the lower elevation “…was a little easier on my head.”

Stan's voice was much in demand in Sonoma County, where he sang with the Northern California Chamber Chorale, Choral Artists of California, the Grainger Singers, and lastly with "his family," Quire Quodlibet.

He sang with Pocket Opera in San Francisco in the role of Melisso in their production of Alcina, and in the role of Dr. Dulcamara in their Elixir of Love. At the Larkspur Dinner Theater, Stan had a successful run as Smudge in Forever Plaid.
But it was Cinnabar Opera Theater in Petaluma that was Stan’s operatic home.  He performed there frequently in many roles, among them the title roles in Don Pasquale and Falstaff as well as Colline in La Bohème, Don Basilio in The Barber of Seville, and the Father in The Secret Marriage.

On February 22nd of 2003, Stan suffered a massive heart attack while already in the hospital. During his recovery, Stan came to understand why he was “called back:” the great lesson that Stan learned during the last month of his life was how much he was loved and appreciated, and just how deeply he had touched the lives of those around him. Stan Case, who had thought of himself as a loner, came to know that he was not alone.

He left this earth on March 26, 2003.

At Stan’s request, his ashes were taken to the Ananda Community in Nevada City. They rest there under a tree planted in his honor.