Austman, Stanley Joseph

Curling legend Stan Austman of Saskatoon, formerly of Kenaston slid peacefully away with his family at his side on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon after a well-fought battle with cancer. He took this on like he did a curling game, each time coming back from a major defeat, like when he was four down going home without the hammer and stole five.
Stan was born on August 20, 1936 at Kenaston. He is survived by his sister, Phyllis of Saskatoon; his daughter, Vickie Miller (Wade Boe) of Guernsey, children Dusty and Stephanie (Travis Runn) of Saskatoon; his son, Jeff (Marlene) of Kenaston, children J.J. (Lindsay Ziola) and Christine (Michael) McKechnie of Saskatoon; his wife of 32 years, Lorine Austman and his son-in-law, Darwin Miller both of Kenaston; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Clarence and Gerry Torguson; and brother-in-law Wes Torguson, as well as numerous cousins. He was predeceased by his parents Theresa and Joseph Austman, Vickie’s partner Harvey Sigfusson and sister-in-law Anne Lenard.
Stan was a man who wore many hats career-wise, sports-wise and actually wearing them on his head. He was Voc. Ag. grad in 1958 and farmed for 40 years, making sure there were no weeds, rows were straight. He also loved his yellow CCIL combines and the crews who helped out. His many careers included the PFAA as inspector at the Tartan Curling Club in Regina as a curling instructor and assistant manager; as a taxi driver in Saskatoon and later for his grandchildren, their friends and anyone who needed a ride; at the Grain Commission as a grader and in Sandy Bay as an addictions counselor and substitute teacher. Stan was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in November of 1995, the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in June of 1995 and the Kenaston Athletics Wall of Honour in 2005. His curling highlights and accomplishments were many, curling 5,013 games in his life, a Region 6 coordinator of the Saskatchewan Curling Association for 12 years and a lifetime member on the Sask. Sport Committee for several years. He won two consecutive Canadian High School Boys Championships with the Bayne Secord Rink in 1954 and 1955 and two consecutive University titles in 1956 and 1957 with his own team. He won the Vancouver Car Bonspiel in 1962 with the Merv Mann rink and also curled in the British Empire Games with the Bayne Secord rink. He curled in the Dominion Championships, in the Elks (a 45-year member) and Massey Ferguson, as well as many provincial playdowns in men’s, mixed, Elks, Texaco and Farmers. He was well known for the time he slid all the way down the ice and put the rock on the button as a demonstration, which changed curling forever by adding a hog line rule. His favourite memory was being Eugene Hritzak’s fifth man and coach in Moncton in 1985 where he realized his lifelong dream of curling in the Brier. He was a friend and inspiration to all who knew him, including the SCA, the curling circuit, his friends in Bill W. Harry Bailey Swimming, Brier, Craven, his combine crews, “A” teams as we called them. No one will forget his big heart and a smile.
A service of remembrance was held at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Kenaston on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Gene Whitehead officiating. Interment was in Kenaston Cemetery, and lunch followed at Kenaston Place.
For those so wishing, memorial donations in memory of Stan can be made to the Kenaston Cemetery Fund, the Elk’s Purple Cross Fund or to the charity of your choice.
Hanson’s Funeral Home of Davidson in care of arrangements.