Don Victor Stanton was born Nov. 6, 1931 and passed July 26, 2017 surrounded by his children at the age of 85.

Born Camden, NJ, Don joined the Marines in 1949. Sent to Inchon Bay in Sept. 1950 he supported the United States efforts in the Korean War. Don’s unit fought in the infamous Battle of Chosin Reservoir. He’d been awarded a Purple Heart in May 1951 and sent home Aug. 1951. He was Honorably Discharged from the Marines in Oct. 1958 ‘having given as good as he got’.

Don permanently moved to China Lake in 1959 starting his civil service career working on the Sidewinder prototypes from schematic thru to firing of the missile. He then moved to Communication section of the Test Department where he found a home. He retired after 40 years.

Don had several passions in life; he was a consummate private pilot and often pursued his passion for flying in a little Grumman Lynx. He was also an incredible Father and Grandfather, there was never any doubt that he would give his life for anyone in his family but that he always felt that “grandpa was the sweetest word in the English language.”

His Father, Mother, 3 sisters, 2 brothers, and his wife Margaret precede him in death. He’s survived his brother Jack, brother-in-law Steve, his children Don, Susan, Janet, their spouses, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Burial services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, date to be determined. Contact for more information.

“I’ll not look back, my friend, not me, to see what might have been. But look back and savor all that was and live it all again. It’s been a good ride.”