longtime Loma Rica Resident, among Cascade Fire Victims
Stanley A. Coolidge, Jr., (78) a former attorney for 40 years in the Yuba-Sutter area, was listed among the victims who died in the Cascade Fire in Loma Rica. Coolidge’s home was located on the 11800 block of Loma Rica Road near Pizza Round Up. Also caught in the blaze with him, was his fiancée, Roseann Marie Hannah (53), of Grass Valley. Of the four deaths which occurred during the fire in Yuba County, all of them were within a ½ of a mile of this area.
Born in San Francisco, Coolidge had been a resident of Loma Rica for 50 years. He was a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with both his Bachelor Degree and Law Degree. He was a former Yuba County Sheriff’s Reserve Officer in the Foothills during the early 1970’s and his partner, Don Brown, was killed in the line of duty in the foothills while answering a call on November 21, 1974.
Coolidge also served on the Beckwourth Frontier Days committee and played Steven J. Field in reenactment events which took place during the celebration. He was a member of the Yuba-Sutter Bar Association, the Yuba City Noon Rotary Club, served as Judge Pro Tem and was a former national officer in The Americans Motorcycle Club which is active throughout the United States and raises funds for Children’s Cancer. Coolidge enjoyed staging puppet shows through the club for young children and sometimes did so for sick children as well.
Among his most noted litigation as an attorney was representing Yuba City High School Bus Crash Victims when a charter bus carrying members of the Yuba City High School Choir were killed during a tragic crash on May 21, 1976. He, along with his former law partner, Lyle Gisi, also represented victims of the 1987 Linda Flood which years later resulted in a positive result for hundreds of families.
Coolidge was the father of Stephen Coolidge, who preceded him in death; Karen Lockhart, of Yuba City; and Andrew Coolidge, of Chico; and was the grandfather of ten grandchildren. He was married to Constance Coolidge for over 40 years before the couple separated in 1997.
His fiancée, Roseann Marie Hannah, leaves behind two adult twin boys, Jeffrey and Jordan Hannah of Grass Valley.
More than anything in the world Coolidge loved to ride his Harley Davidson Motorcycle. He was very active in The Americans Motorcycle Club, (TAMC), for 30 years and owned a Harley up until his death.
TAMC member Frenchy remembers Stan as,
"My BROTHER, my MENTOR, my FRIEND. I knew Stan Coolidge for over 30 years. He was one of the finest, caring and compassionate men I have known. From his extensive knowledge as a lawyer, Reserve Deputy in Yuba County, Superior Court Judge, make believe Chinese language expert. He was a man liked by most he met. A serious and yet funny man who I will miss forever along with his fiancée Roseann, may they both rest forever in God’s loving arms."
Coolidge’s house sat halfway up Johnson’s Peak (a small mountain) next to Paynes Peak mountain, across Loma Rica Road by Pizza Round Up. The entirety of Johnson’s Peak suffered extreme fire damage barely leaving behind any trees or brush which was not completely burned.
While last details of the couple are unknown, it was evident through limited family conversations with the couple prior to their deaths, that the fire came upon the home almost instantly and engulfed the entire residence while they were still inside. The remains of Coolidge and Hannah were recovered onsite by the Chico State Anthropology Department Team and Yuba County Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Department listed the couple as confirmed fire fatalities on October 18, 2017, nine days after the event and the date of death is October 9, 2017.
Memory's and Thoughts from TAMC Brother's :
"I will always Remember Stan for his wisdom in our last conversation he said something to me that I won’t repeat, but I will never forget I learned a lot from Stan while the club was watching him after the home invasion. What a smart & kind brother he was & he will never be forgotten. Ride on Stan we love you RIP". Strollin
“Mentor to many, friend to all". Big John
"Stan would call club bothers and other people on certain nights at set times mine was Tuesday and Thursday nights around 7 pm and ne thing he would almost always say ‘Just wanted to talk to someone I like’ and my response was they are getting fewer all the time. Stan was one of my dearest friends I will miss him until the end of my days". Dave Beasley
"Stan was a great man who always had a joke to tell. I'm glad I had the privilege of knowing him. He touched many lives and will be missed very much." Drew Abernathy
"My wife and I have had the privilege of knowing Stan for around thirty years; on a personal and professional level. We were certainly the "odd couple" of friends, but grew to respect and love each other deeply. Stan was always willing to lend and bend an ear. He was a great story teller and would sometimes even use sock puppets to tell his stories. He was a respected community member and longtime member of The Americans Motorcycle Club. He is sorely missed". Lee & Barbara Clabaugh
"Stan Coolidge lived an amazing life. He was a seminarian, an attorney, a father, judge, a political appointee by Governor Reagan and what he loved most, a thirty year member of The American Motorcycle Club. He was my Brother and Friend. Gone but never forgotten". Fran Wagner
A joint service for the couple will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 2 pm at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall in Yuba City. Donations, in lieu of flowers, are asked to be given to The Americans Motorcycle Club and can be mailed to PO Box 1834, Yuba City, CA 95992.