Hank R. Stampf III, 75, passed away on December 18, 2012 after a long struggle with dementia. He was born October 4, 1937 to Henry and Ruth Stampf in Manhattan, New York. He grew up on Long Island surrounded by a large, caring family. Hank had two successful careers; 17 years as a jazz road musician and 25 years as a Doctor of Chiropractic. Hank started with the trombone at 9 years of age and played up until a few weeks of his death. He played with school bands and became so proficient that while in high school he had the opportunity to perform professionally with such well known bands as Tex Benke at the Statler Hotel in New York. After graduation from Sewanaka High School, he played in Europe with the New Glen Miller Band (the youngest member at nineteen) eventually returning home to join numerous road bands conducted by such well-known leaders as Les Elgart, Tommy Dorsey and Woody Herman and finally with house bands in Las Vegas.
Hank began his second career upon graduating magna cum laude in 1967 from Palmer Chiropractic College. He established three chiropractic clinics in Washington State practicing for 25 years. While an active chiropractor, Hank took on leadership positions on numerous state and national boards and organizations. He spoke locally and nationally on chiropractic philosophy and business practices. He also served his local communities as Commissioner of Police in Arlington, WA and as a Lake Stevens City Council member. Throughout his chiropractic career, Hank continued his music by organizing various jazz bands.
Time off from music and his practice was devoted to family, skiing, golf and travel. There was nothing Hank enjoyed more than a good time with his family and friends. He lightened many hearts and moments with his entertaining talents, playful sense of humor and love of life. Hank never knew a stranger; all were included in his romp through life. When asked what he’d like to be remembered for, he answered “While alive, he lived.”
Hank is survived by his wife, Cyndi Stampf; sisters Susan Jenks (North Carolina) and Carol Shepherd (Vermont); daughters Monika Soennichsen (Oregon) and Lisa Marie Stampf (Washington); son-in-law Rich Soennichsen (Oregon); granddaughters Clare and Margret (Oregon); stepsons Aaron Stacy (Washington), Dwayne Ellis (Texas) and Keven Ellis (Texas); and a loving, extended family on both the West and East coasts. Hank was proceeded in death by his parents and a former wife, Dianne Parker, the mother of his children.
A celebration of Hank’s life will be held on January 8, 2013, 2pm, in the Cole Chapel of the First United Methodist Church, 201 Locust Street, Denton, Texas.
If desired, memorials in his name may be made to the Cornish College of the Arts, Attn: Advancement Office, 1000 Lenora Street, Seattle, WA, 98121 or online at www.cornish.edu/giving.