Stanley F. Mazur-Hart
January 7, 1946 - May 23, 2016
Stan Mazur-Hart, our beloved husband and father, died peacefully on May 23, 2016, surrounded by the family he loved. Stan Mazur was born in Oakland, California on January 7, 1946. He graduated from San Luis Rey College in 1967; received his M.A. in Psychology from San Jose State College in 1971; and received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Nebraska in 1976. Stan and Helen Lois Hart met at U.C. Berkeley and married in 1975.
His two sons were the lights of his life: Matthew, age 32, and David, 29.
As a licensed psychologist, Stan dedicated his professional life to serving the mentally ill and teaching. He began his career as a professor of Psychology at Saginaw Valley State College from 1976 to 1980. In 1980 Stan and Helen arrived in Salem, and, led by his strong service ethic, Stan began working at the Oregon State Hospital as a Clinical Psychologist. He served as the Chief Psychologist from 1981 to 1987. He was a member and Chair of the Oregon Board of Psychologist Examiners from 1984 to 1990. He served as Superintendent of Dammasch State Hospital in Wilsonville from 1987 to 1991.
From 1991 to 2003, Stan was the Superintendent of the Oregon State Hospitals in Salem and Portland. During those years, critical aspects of treatment programs were improved, and seclusion and restraints of patients were reduced. The hospitals were ahead of the curve in becoming tobacco-free campuses.
Stan never really retired; since 2005, he taught Psychology classes at Linn-Benton Community College, where he was a faculty advisor and representative to the College Council. In 2009 he was nominated by students as Instructor of the Year. Since 2011 he has taught Life Span Human Development at Mt. Angel Seminary College.
Stan was a dedicated community volunteer. He coached in Leslie Little League (“Blue Jays”) and volunteered as an umpire. His love of sports led him to officiate high school football and baseball. He enjoyed fishing and boating in Central Oregon with his family. He also loved family trips, especially by rail.
Stan was a long-serving lector at Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Since 2006, Stan has been a member of the board of directors of Catholic Community Services, serving as Chair for four years.
Stan was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley F. Mazur and Elsie (Sherwood) Mazur, and his brother, Michael Mazur. He is survived by his wife and love of his life, Helen Mazur-Hart; his sons Matthew and David Mazur-Hart; his brother John Mazur; sisters Mary Mazur and Elizabeth Anderson, and Elizabeth’s family.
Stan offered strength, insights, and humor to those around him. He was a generous person, who will be missed by many. His funeral mass will be held Wednesday, June 1, at Queen of Peace Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. Donations can be made to the Salvation Army. Assisting is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.