DAVID STANLEY “STAN” BAUMAN
Stan was born in Hobart, OK. His childhood was filled with wonder with his imaginary friend named Peedinky and when at 5 years of age he got a horse named Filly and he would ride his horse to a 2-room school in Cold Springs. After first grade the family moved to Roosevelt OK where they lived until 1952, at which time they moved to Norman, OK where he started at Norman High School for his freshman year and graduated in 1956. He loved living in Norman and helping his father in the family owned service station on Porter after school. Stan loved singing and had the lead role in a high school production of Down in The Valley.
After high school, Stan attended the University of Oklahoma where he earned a B.S. degree in Medical Technology and a M.S. degree in Microbiology and Immunology. During those college years, he worked part time at both Norman Municipal Hospital and Central State Hospital (now Griffin Memorial). Stan married his first wife, Doris Miller in 1958 and they had two wonderful sons, David and Mike. The family then moved to Morgantown, WV where Stan obtained his Ph.D. Degree in Microbiology/ Immunology from the university of West Virginia.
In 1969 Stan married Sharon Baldwin and they moved to Lexington KY, where he was employed as a tenured professor at the University of KY College of Medicine in the department of Community Medicine. Along with teaching medical students, he worked on research in Mycology (fungal diseases). A son, Sean, was born in 1971 and then another son, Scott in 1975.
1979 was a year of change that brought the family back to his roots with a move to Norman, OK where he began a business, Immuno-Mycologics, Inc. (IMMY) that manufactures fungal diagnostic products that were sold to hospital laboratories around the world. Stan was influential in beginning a clinical mycology association called SWACM and was on the board of numerous FDA and medical organizations.
He and his wife were on the Board and very involved in the program Friends to International Students at the University of Oklahoma for over 25 years. They made many long-lasting relationships with those students. He had also been involved in both the Norman Rotary and the Sulphur Rotary and was a Paul Harris Fellow. Stan had a passion for flying and was the proud owner of two single engine planes. He was very proud to fly Angel Flights and, on the day, following 911 he was asked to fly to Ohio when most planes were grounded, to bring donated blood samples to Oklahoma for testing at the OK Blood Institute. Stan was a 40-year member of the Searchers Sunday School class and McFarlin United Methodist Church, which served as his support and inspiration.
He was very friendly and always greeted everyone with a smile and asked their names and where they were from. He would always in some way, find something to complement them on. In January of 2019, he and Sharon moved into a new house that they had built. He loved sitting on the front porch and greeting all of the neighbors and he commented daily on how much he loved his new house. Stan loved down home cooking like beans and cornbread, chicken fried steak, Granny Roark’s oatmeal cookies and Sharon’s cheesecake. Camping in the Wichita Wildlife Refuge with family and friends, going to movies on Friday nights, reading into the wee hours of the night, traveling, being with his cousins and having parties were highlights in his life. The greatest highlights were when he was able to spend time with his sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren.
Stan was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Vesta Bauman, and grandson David J. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, of 50 years, sons David and wife Monica, Mike and wife Ilia, son Sean and wife Renee, and son Scott and wife Carol, grandchildren, Erin, Robert, Brynn, Brooke, Luke, Lauren, Parker, Mason, Henry and Susie Grace. He is also survived by his two little bothers (not brothers he would say) Marion and wife Dianne and Gene and wife Xeniya. He will be missed by his many beloved cousins (special love to Carol Biddy who was like his sister), nephews, nieces and friends.
As per his wishes, no formal funeral will be held at this time, but a party will be held at a later date to celebrate his life. To honor his memory, he would want you to give someone a hug, greet all of those around you, do a random act of kindness to someone least expecting it, and to laugh often.
Stan had several sayings that he would use often, and it is only fitting to say them here:
“And away we go like a herd of turtles”
“Glad you got to see me”