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Stanley J. Zaborac, Jr.

Longtime Palmer resident Stanley J. Zaborac, Jr., 66, died of heart failure June 22, 2000, at Valley Hospital. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today, Tuesday, June 27, at the Palmer Elks Lodge, 2600 Barrys Resort Road, Palmer ( Finger Lake). Inurnment will follow at Palmer Pioneer Cemetery and a reception will be held at the Palmer Moose Lodge afterward.

Honorary pallbearers will be Carl Zaborac, Ben Cabo, Dick Giles, Ellis Breann, David Zaborac, Larry Steele and James Irvine.

Mr. Zaborac was born March 18, 1934, in Bemidji, Minn., to Stanley J. and Agnes (Durand) Zaborac Sr.

His family moved to Alaska in 1948 and settled in Palmer. He graduated from Palmer High School in 1951 and went on to attend Bemidji State Teachers College in 1952. He also attended the Chicago Institute of Baking.

He received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Alaska, Anchorage and a masters degree from the University of Arizona, Tucson.

He served in the U. S. Marine Corps for three years.

Mr. Zaborac worked as a baker for Piggly Wiggly and Carrs in Palmer and Anchorage. He worked for the state of Alaska at Alcantra Youth Camp as a correctional officer, and at various correctional facilities as superintendent until he retired in 1984. In addition, he taught criminology at the University of Alaska, Mat-Su campus.

He was a member of the Palmer Elks Lodge 1842, Palmer Moose Lodge 793, Palmer Chamber of Commerce, Pioneers of Alaska, Mat-Su Baseball, Palmer Senior Center, Alaska Peace Officers Association, American Federation of Police, AARP and the National Rifle Association. He was active in all Valley baseball programs from Little League to the Mat-Su Miners.

His family stated: He donated his time, energy and skills to anyone who needed it, from the senior center to the Elks. He received numerous awards from various associations statewide and nationally. He enjoyed baseball, hunting, cooking, woodworking, civil service and his grandchildren.

Stan was a dedicated, loving family man who gave his time and efforts to any private or public service that needed his assistance. For the past 17 years he was devoted to his grandchildren.

Mr. Zaborac is survived by his wife, Nell; son, David, daughter and son-in-law, Mickie and James Irvine, all of Palmer; daughter, Roxeanna, of Fall City, Wash.; brother, Carl Zaborac, of Palmer, sister, Shirley, of Salt Lake City, Utah; sister, Pat, of Oregon; grandchildren, Jakob Zaborac, of Anchorage and Jayme and Dillon Irvine, of Palmer.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests either financial donations or donations of time be made to Mat-Su Baseball Inc., P.O. Box 2690, Palmer, AK 99645.

Arrangements for the family were made by Kehls Palmer Mortuary.

Source: Frontiersman, 27 June 2000



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