Physician, involved citizen, creator of Stack Park -- Redmond's only private park that was really public
You will be missed
Longtime Redmond resident Dr. Roger Stack, who built his own park and delivered thousands of babies from the 1950’s through the 1980’s, died on Wednesday, May 30 at the age of 83.
Stack’s most lasting mark on the community is likely to be ‘
With his passing, the land will be donated to the city of
Mayor Alan Unger, who’s father worked for years alongside Dr. Stack at
“This is a magnanimous gift to the city, for an individual to look at the community as opposed to looking at just making money,” Unger said. “It could turn into houses if the Stacks wanted it to, but no, they care more about the community and want to save this to be a sort of legacy place,
With World War II on the rise when he graduated high school, doctors were in demand, and Stack was exempted from the draft and rushed through college and medical school. Interviewed in the Spokesman in 1997, he said it was while studying medicine at
Stack’s training forced him to miss the Second World War, but when the Korean War broke out, he jumped at the chance to serve. Assigned to a
The book, the movie, and the show were all pretty true to life, Stack said, though he insisted none of the characters were modeled after him.
Upon his discharge in 1953, Stack came to
Dr. Stack’s interest in beautifying his hometown went beyond his self-built park. He planted the
Dana Sorum, who knew Dr. Stack for nearly 50 years through their involvement in Rotary, said he remembers his friend as a modest man who was proud of his achievements but avoided boasting.
“Plants, trees – Roger had a hand in it,” he said.
Mike Stack said his father was impressed by
“We’d drive around and he’d say ‘man, look at that, you know whose farm that used to be?’ Because he used to make house calls as a doctor, he’d say ‘this used to be so and so’s farm.’ He was not upset there were houses built there, he kinda liked that change,” Mike said. “Some of those houses across the canyon from us, over by the Catholic Church, one of the things he said he like about ‘em was that he said the builder at least had enough sense to change the style of the outside so when you’re driving by they don’t look all cookie-cutter. He liked those people in developments that thought about what they were doing.”
Despite fighting Parkinson’s over the last few years, Dr. Stack stayed fairly active until recently, Mike said. Up until January, when he was admitted to the hospital for the first of a series of visits, he would go out for breakfast every Monday with “The Old Farts Club,” a group of longtime
For a man who spent much of his life around sick people, Dr. Stack was generally healthy. Mike said his father marveled at the fact he’d only had the flu four times in his lifetime, and until this year, he’d only been to the hospital as a patient twice – once for kidney stones, and once for a broken finger sustained in a backyard football game with his sons.
“He said ‘I wasn’t sick most of my life, it’s catching up on me.’ That’s just the way the cards are dealt,” Mike Stack said. “Some people who get Parkinson’s or another degenerative disease like that they become bitter, but he never was like that.”
A funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, June 7 at St Thomas Catholic Church in
-- by Scott Hammers