Stanley Ray Jantz was born on December 2, 1947 to Walter and Marie Jantz. He was known by his family and friends as Stan. Stan passed away in the early morning of November 22, 2014 in Twin Falls, Idaho with his loving wife at his side. He is survived by his wife Lori Jantz, his son, David Jantz, his grandson, Cameron Jantz, his two brothers Harvey and Richard, and his three sisters Joyce, Phyllis and Susan.
Stan attended rural elementary schools and Turlock High School. He loved playing all kinds of sports especially football, baseball and basketball. In his senior year, he became student body president. Stan graduated from Turlock High School in 1967 and attended college in the Bay Area. During the summer months he was introduced to river rafting and all the fun and excitement of helping others enjoy the great outdoors. He soon became a river guide on the Stanislaus, Tuolumne, and Merced Rivers. After gaining experience, Stan became a river guide on the Salmon River in Idaho and ultimately on the Colorado River in Utah. Stan spent over twenty five years as a river guide on the Colorado River, helping thousands of people from all over the world enjoy the rapids and terrain of the Grand Canyon. His wife, Lori, and son, David, worked with Stan on the river providing many people with an experience of a lifetime. Some of his passengers have stated, “Stan could effortlessly guide a river raft through the most difficult rapids on the Colorado River.” “Stan knew every aspect of the Canyon, every bend in the river and all its rapids.” “Seeing the Grand Canyon through Stan’s eyes was seeing a world filled with beauty and adventure.”
Stan will always be remembered for his quick smile, kindness and willingness to share with others the beauty of the world. Stan was an extraordinary husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. Stan has given such a wonderful gift to so many people!