THOMAS EDWARD STANLEY
April 2, 1965 – December 31, 2021
Thomas passed away to eternal life on Friday, December 31, 2021, in San Luis Obispo, CA. Tom resided in Atascadero, CA. Tom was born in King City on April 2, 1965, to Marion & Viola Stanley. Tom was the oldest of four children. He grew up in King City and attended San Lucas Elementary and graduated from King City High School in 1984. Tom resided and worked in King City at King City Glass for 21 years. In 1995, he married Karen, the love of his life. Tom and Karen have two children, Brook & Shane Stanley. Seventeen years ago, Tom and Karen moved their family to Atascadero, CA.
After a few more years at King City Glass, he started his second career in Law Enforcement at Department of State Hospitals – Atascadero in 2007. Graduating in Department of Police Services Academy 012 as a Hospital Police Officer. Tom worked both custodial and patrol positions before accepting an Administrative Assignment as a Transportation Officer. Tom volunteered at San Luis Obispo Special Olympics opening ceremony and awarded many Special Olympic Athletes. Tom continued to advance in his career and became a Field Training Officer, dedicating his time to train the newly hired officers. Tom put care and compassion into his work as a Police Officer and recently was promoted to a supervisory role as a Hospital Police Sergeant. He was known for his kind smile, great personality and would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it.
Tom enjoyed fishing, bike riding, camping, water skiing, and spending time with his family. He loved spending his free time going on adventures. Tom wasn’t a stranger to anyone and often he was found making people laugh. Tom created lifelong friendships with many people.
Tom is survived by his wife Karen, daughter Brook and son Shane, Parents Marion and Viola Stanley, Brothers Doug and Bill & his Sister Gwen. He is survived by many nephews, niece, family, and friends.
End of Watch 1630 hours on December 31, 2021
Rest Easy Tom – We Have The Watch.
There will be a public Viewing - January 11th, 2022, from 1600 to 2000 Hours
Chief Jannette Zuniga will address all who wish to be present on grounds here at DSH-Atascadero in the circular driveway area surrounding the flag pole at 0815 Hours on January 12th, 2022. A Law Enforcement procession to King City, CA will depart from DSH-A beginning at approximately 0900 Hours.
A Law Enforcement Memorial will be held - January 12th, 2022, AT 1100 Hours
The Viewing and Memorial will be at Eddington Funeral Services, 429 Bassett Street in King City, California
(Law Enforcement personnel who wish to take place in the procession can meet in the Blankenship Park area. The park area can be accessed by making the second available left turn when entering grounds. Follow the road to the left to access a parking lot.)