Stanley Lehman, 81
BISBEE–Stanley Allan Lehman died Sunday, November 3, 2019. Born in Abilene, Kansas, on April 29, 1938, Stan was active all his life — high school sports, journalism, American Civilization studies at the University of Kansas, chairman of the Kansas Relays. At KU he earned a Bachelor’s degree in 1960 and entered law school before transferring to the University of Arizona where he was licensed to practice in 1963. Stan then moved to California working as an intern with an organization promoting good government in Los Angeles and as an intern with a training program focused on securing employment of minority people. He was licensed to practice law in California in 1965 and then returned to Phoenix where he helped found the Maricopa County Young Lawyers Association and served as its president. Additionally, he was active in the city’s Forward Goals Committee and served as a member on the Arizona State Child Migrant Education Committee. In June 1968 he married Kathreen Hock and moved to Prescott to practice law in 1971.
In 1993, after serving as a city attorney and prosecutor in the Verde Valley, Stan moved to Bisbee to work as a public defender attorney. He worked in that office as a felony defense attorney and later represented children and parents in child dependency proceedings. In one of the few trials of that kind in Cochise County, Stan obtained a verdict denying severance of his client’s parental rights. He retired from the practice of law in 2008.
Stan’s community involvement was active and continuous throughout a legal career that spanned more than fifty years. In Prescott he led a referendum legal battle to assure community control over subdivision zoning, taking those issues to the Arizona Supreme Court, and winning. He was Chairman of the Yavapai Community Hospital, was on the advisory board of the Prescott Samaritan Village Retirement Home, the Prescott Frontier Days and Phoenix Rodeo committee and was president of the Yavapai County Easter Seal Society. Stan also enjoyed being an Arizona Ranger, had considerable success as a short storywriter and made popular presentations to the Arizona Historical Society.
Stan was predeceased by his wife Anne, and is survived by his son Ryan, daughter Lara, grandson Zavier and two sisters, Carolyn and Virginia. A memorial service will be held in Bisbee, Arizona on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at the Copper Queen Restaurant from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Ashes to be sent to family plot in Abilene, Kansas.