Michael James Stanfield was born January 5, 1950, in Hawthorn, California. On May 10, 2018, he went to be with his heavenly father after a 2 year fight with pancreatic cancer. Mike was raised in Norwalk, California by his loving parents Dwight and Lois Stanfield. Mike had one sister Leona. Mike was an avid trumpet player and member of any band he could be part of. He was trained by some of the best in the southern California area and played in the Disneyland band as a Toy Solider during Christmastime. Mike attended Downey High School and upon graduation went to Cerritos Junior College. He later transferred to the University of Las Vegas in Nevada and completed his degree in Speech Communications. Mike moved back to southern California and after much study, decided to accept the gift of grace from Jesus Christ making Him the Lord of his life. From this conversion his life began to make several stops along a myriad of journeys: Mike started a Christian television station, a Spanish television station, attended seminary at Biola College in La Mirada, Ca. and began spreading the gospel as a youth minister.
In 1975, Mike married the love of his life Ann Crawford at First Presbyterian Church in Anaheim, Ca. Mike also started a computer store as a side job during his time as a youth minister. In 1980, Mike and Ann moved to The Colony, Texas as mike accepted a job as a computer programmer for Ross Perot and IBM. This began Mike’s career in technology, and he went on to work for Frito Lay to develop, design and build the first handheld inventory device for Frito Lay employees to use during their daily deliveries. Mike and Ann lived in the DFW area for several years and gave birth to their only daughter, Amy Stanfield. Mike was active in the community as a volunteer fireman and emergency medical technician. Mike also wrote and directed plays for the local community theatre. In 1994, Mike moved the family to Hallsville, Texas fulfilling a long time dream of his to “live in the country.” Mike worked at LeTourneau University for 2 years and spent the majority of his time at Hallsville ISD as Technology Director. In 2014, Mike retired from HISD after 18 years of service where he was able to help accomplish many firsts for the district: Mike installed the first T1 line for high speed internet connecting all campuses to valuable online learning resources; Mike was the first Technology Director to be honored by both the state of Texas and the nation as a distinguished technology director achieving forward thinking and advancement for the district. Mike was the first to start a radio station and broadcast as many sports games as possible for the citizens of Hallsville. Mike and his team were also the first to broadcast HISD Graduation ceremonies on the web for families living or serving in the military over seas. This was in addition to his personal service at First Baptist Church Hallsville as a teacher and youth worker. Mike’s diagnosis of Cancer was a final turning point for his faith as his walk with the Lord became more and more prominent in his daily struggles with Cancer.
Those left to morn his loss are his wife of 43 years, Ann Stanfield, his only daughter Amy Stanfield Doron and her husband Anthony Doron. Also, his beloved dogs George Burns and Gracie Allen as well as many extended family and friends. Preceding him in death are his Mother and Father Lois and Dwight “Bud” Stanfield and his sister Leona Stanfield.
The family will receive friends in the Welch Garden Court of Welch Funeral Home on Sunday, May 13th, 2018, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. A Life Celebration will be Monday, May 14th, 2018, at 3:00 PM in the sanctuary of The First Baptist Church of Hallsville with interment to follow in Hallsville Cemetery.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorials be made to First Baptist Church of Hallsville.