Stanley Carl Bjorum
date of death December 7 2013
Stanley Carl Bjorum, age 63, was born to Dee Dee and Erick Bjorum in Butte, Montana and passed away on December 7, 2013, Pearl Harbor Day. His Dad was a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor and spent 20 years in the submarine service in the Navy, prior to retiring in Southern California. Stan, his older brother Edward and younger sister Ericka were raised in Seal Beach, California. Stan was active in sports, especially surfing as an adolescent, and he built many life-long relationships with friends from his youth. After graduating from high school he headed north. He first moved to Mt. Shasta, California, but he eventually found a home in Ashland, Oregon where he lived for the next eighteen years. Stan started out working as a cabinet maker but was drawn to working in the woods as a logger. While in Ashland, he was active in the city softball league, and he developed a passion for golf and dancing. Twice he won the annual Omar's Open Golf Tournament, and his dancing led him to be crowned the Rogue Valley Swing Dance champion.
In the early 90's Stan moved to Portland. Soon after he arrived he met the love of his life, Valerie Roadman. They married in 1994, and built a life together that was filled with love, travel, golf, family, two pugs, Chopper and Opal, and a wide circle of friends. The love and respect that Stan and Valerie felt for each other was contagious and it drew new friends to them in their community, and wherever they traveled. During this period of his life, Stan became an avid gardener. He worked tirelessly on growing beautiful flowers and he became known for his colorful dahlias and enormous sunflowers.
Stan found his true calling career-wise when he started working with the frail elderly residents at the Providence ElderPlace Cully program. Stan started out as a driver, and then transferred into the job of being an activities director. The residents of ElderPlace valued Stan for his optimism, good humor and his compassion. Stan loved his work as he was able to bring some joy on a daily basis to folks who were facing physical and emotional challenges. Stan had to leave his employment when he became ill, but he would still return to play cards with the residents or to participate in special events with them.
Stanley Bjorum was a force of nature. He had unlimited energy, optimism, good humor and he persevered in the face of a life full of physical challenges. He was a remarkable husband, son, sibling and friend and his joy of living has been passed on to all he touched. He will be missed.
Stan was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his loving wife, Valerie, brother, Ed, sister, Ericka (Frank), nieces and nephews, the Graves’ family of Charlottesville, VA and a myriad of friends and family around the country. He continues to serve his community by being an organ donor.
A celebration of Stanley Bjorum's life will be held in the Spring. If you would like to honor Stanley's memory, please make a donation in his name for Providence ElderPlace by calling Providence Portland Medical Foundation at (503)215-6186 or visiting the ElderPlace website at
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Candle lit by Staff at Crown Memorial Center Our sincere condolences.
Candle lit by Donna Fredrick
Candle lit by My deepest sympathy to Val and her family. Stan will be greatly missed. My heart is aching for you, take good care! Karen Graves Pyrch
Candle lit by Kelli Love you always Stan the Man
Candle lit by Becket Lauten Stan was a joy to know. He will be missed. My sincerest condolences to his family.
Candle lit by Jill and Mark Thinking of you Val, and of all of Stan's family and friends. He will be missed by many. We were blessed to have known such a wonderful man!
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Candle lit by debbie mudgett-Elderplace community care nurse I always appreciated Stanley's sense of humor. I will never forget him at my softball game and upsetting the ref. I so loved his can do attitude. It is very commendable for the love he had for his wife and they were both such a positive influence and such a joy to be around. I will truly miss him thank you to the family for sharing Stanley with us.
Candle lit by Debbie Jones What a wonderful man. I had the opportunity to see him with PRT at work. He poured his love on all, including me and other co-workers. I always enjoyed seeing him at work. He had kind, uplifting words and willingness to be there for all. Miss you, Stan. I have one f the wooden snowman figures he made. I think of him as I place it out each year for Christmas.
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Candle lit by Kathi Evans Stan was a wonderful human being. He gave so much to so many.
Candle lit by Jayne Niederkorn Stan was the most amazing person I ever met. When I first joined Cully Elderplace I saw this person zipping all over th place doing and being and caring. It was Stan being Stan. He saved my sanity more than once when I didn't know what to do or where something was. He will be missed so much!
Candle lit by Euphemia and J.Hilary Gbotoe We love and miss you. Rest in perfect peace
Candle lit by chaltubedaso R.I.P
Candle lit by Karma I count as a blessing having known and worked with Stan...a wonderful and a truly caring guy!You are greatly missed! My condolences...
Candle lit by Karma My condolences to the family. Truly blessed having known and worked with him. Sorely missed by all his co-workers here!!
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Candle lit by Jill & Mike Miller Stan wore his heart of service on his sleeve and poured kindness, acceptance, forgivness and love on those lucky enough to spend time with him. I'm sad that he's moved out of this earthly realm. His time here was much too short. But I know Heaven is the brighter for it. Sing and play with the angels, Stan! And send an occasional belly-laugh our way! Peace to you, Val- Thank you for giving Stan so much joy and for always being his very best friend.
Candle lit by Jodi Lane The years we worked together at Cully would have never been the same without Stan. Stan brought such laughter and fun to the staff as well as the participants. Thanks for the friendship and laughter. You will be greatly missed.
Candle lit by Judy Sheldon To my dear old friend Dancin' Stan, It was a pleasure to know you and I have many fond memories with Tom and Charlotte, curtain' a rug and watching you slug it out of the park. I will remember you for your quick smile and willing hand. I can just hear you up there now giving your three stooges impression :). My condolences to Stan's family. He made such a difference to so many and will be missed.
Candle lit by Louanne Briggs My memories of Stan are of joy and laughter. Games of Yahtzee and silliness. His spirit still surrounds us in the flowers he has shared. The Dahlias and lilies in my yard have his same smile.
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