Ernest Michael Stangeland 1989-2009

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Ernest Michael Stangeland 1946-64
Ernest Michael Stangeland 1964-82
Ernest Michael Stangeland 1982-89
Ernest Michael Stangeland 1989-2009

Kim and I met in 1989 immediately knew we'd found our soulmate. We lived together for 3 years and decided to get married on May 1, 1992; our instincts were correct, we've been together for 27 years and have never had an argument. We're best friends, partners, and totally committed to each other. It's been a great life, thank you Kim Davis! - Mike Stangeland, 2015
 
Mike and Kim at our wedding shower, 1992   Mike and Kim on our wedding day May 1, 1992

 

 
Mike and Kim on our wedding day May 1, 1992   Mike and Kim on our wedding day May 1, 1992

When I was 21 years old in 1967 I was hired as an entry level operator at American Cyanamid acrylic fibers plant in Pace, Florida (later to become Cytec Industries, then Sterling Fibers) and worked there for 33 years. I was promoted up through the ranks by seniority and in 1990 I was promoted to department manager for the Finished Product Departments which included the final stage of production, warehousing and shipping. I held this job for 10 years until I retired in 2000.
 
Here I am as a lead operator in Area 1 in the 1980's. I spent most of my time problem solving, designing, building and installing new equipment, and modifying old equipment. They gave me the run of the place, it was really hard work but actually rewarding most of the time. Whatever you do you might as well try to do well.

 

 
Area 1 at Sterling Fibers, 1980's. I spent 14 years as an operator in this acrylic fiber extrusion area. It was a miserable job, rotating shifts, very difficult working conditions, with many chemical and physical hazards, but it was my stepping stone up into leadership roles.   Mike Stangeland, Finished Products Manager in his office at Sterling Fibers, 1990's

 

 
Mike Stangeland received the Circle of Excellence award from Cytec Industries in 1993

 

Mike Stangeland and Kim Davis in New York for Mike's Circle of Excellence award ceremony, 1993

 


 

 
Mike in Atlanta for a visit to the High Museum, 1990   Kim at The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia 1990

 

 
Kim at Anasazi ruins south of Grand Canyon,ca. 1990   Mike standing on a redwood tree, California 1994

 

 
Kim Davis, Shelley Stangeland and Mike Stangeland, 1993   Mike at Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico, 1993

 

 
Birding trip out west, 1991   Mike in Texas, 1992

 

 
Walking the Pawnee grasslands, 1992   Cave Creek Canyon, Cochise County, Arizona, 1990

 

 
Kim in Madera Canyon photographing butterflies along the dry creek bed, 2004   Mike in Cave Creek Canyon, Cochise County, Arizona, 1991

 

 
Shelley and Mike Stangeland at a wedding, 1994   Mike and Kim opening a christmas gift from Shelley Stangeland, 1992

 

 
Mike and Kim at home, Garcon Point, Florida, 1993   Kim Davis and Shelley Stangeland at a wedding, 1994

 

 
Hognose Snake 1993   Turtle staredown, 1998

 

 
     

 

 

 

 
Mike filming a scene on Santa Rosa Island, 1995   Mike crosses the finish line on our first race at the Firecracker 5K Run Pensacola, Florida, July 4, 1995

 

 
  Playing Games, 1991

 

 
Mike with his Washburn Jethro Burns model mandolin at the Pandora Drive house, 1997   Kim playing her first guitar, a Martin SPDC16TR guitar on the front porch of the Pandora Drive house, 1997

 

 
Kim playing her CA Guitar carbon fiber guitar at Lost Maples State Park, Texas, 2006   Mike on stage at Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamp, 1998

 

Mike playing his Golden Gilchrist Artist Model 3 mandolin and Kim playing her favorite guitar ever, a Nashville Guitar Company D18 at a jam session at Roanoke Bluegrass Weekend, 2000

 

 
Mike plying his new Kimble mandolin with Kim at a jam session, early 2000's   Mike and Kim at Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamp, 1998

 

 
Kim playing her first guitar, a Martin SPDC16TR guitar on the front porch of the Pandora Drive house, 1997   Kim and Mike at a dinner party for David Grier, early 2000's

 

 
After a 6 year wait, Mike finally got his Dudenbostel mandolin! IBMA 2003   Mike's mandolin collection 1996, L-R: Mike's Washburn Jethro Burns model, Mike playing his Phoenix, Gilchrist Model 4, Kentucky Dawg mandola, Mike's home made aluminum mandolin

 

 
Mike just received his Gilchrist Artist Model 3 mandolin, 1998. It was a spectacular instrument. Many people considered it the greatest mandolin they've ever heard. It was given the nickname "The Golden Gilchrist" because of its amazing tone depth. It had birdseye maple back and side and an Adirondack spruce top..   Kim and Mike at Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamp, 2000

 

 
Mike playing a Taylor Dan Crary signature model guitar purchased when we went to Winfield, Kansas for the Walnut Valley Festival, 1998   Kim Davis, Mike Stangeland and Shelley Stangeland, 1990's

 

 
Mike and Shelley Stangeland at a Hudson family reunion, 2000   Shelley and Mike Stangeland, 2001

 

 
Mike on Pensacola Beach, 1995   Kim and Mike in Lucille Stangeland's garden, 1990's

 

 
Kim in front of a Dogwood tree in bloom, late 1990's   Mike at Iron Mountain, Michigan, 1995

 

 
Picking party at Charlene Kingry's home 1999 L-R: ? (bass), Mike Stangeland (mandolin), Cher Smith (guitar), Charlene Kingry (guitar)   Mike photographing a swamp at Cotton Lake, 2000

 

 
Mike playing his Gilchrist Model 3 mandolin outside our tent camper at Cheaha State Park, Alabama, 2001

 

 
Mike photographing Green Fly Orchids at Blakely State Park, Alabama, July 4, 2001. These orchids start to bloom around the first of July so people look for them around the July 4th holiday.   Kim photographing native flowers on Garcon Point, Florida 2002

 

 
Kim on a trail in northwest Florida, ca. 2002   Mike photographing native flowers on Garcon Point, Florida 2002

 

 
Mike on Pensacola Beach, Florida, early 2000's   Kim Davis with Lauren Miller waiting for Lauren's parents to come by in their raft on the Kern River, Kern County, California July 4th weekend 2005

 

 
Kim at Rocky Mountain National Park, ca. 1999   Mike with native flowers in our yard at the Pandora Drive house, Garcon Point, Florida, ca. 2002

 

 
Mike and Kim at Sonora Pass, 2005   Kim examining a beautiful and endangered Fringe Tree at Rocky Bayou State Park, Florida, early 2000's

 

 
Mike Stangeland, Kim Davis and Shelley Stangeland at our house on Pandora Drive, 1990's   Kim at Cotten Lake, Escambia County, early 2000's

 

 
Mike and Shelley Stangeland, Navarre Beach, Florida, Thanksgiving 2002   Mike Stangeland walking his daughter Shelley Stangeland to the altar on her wedding day, October 18, 2003

 

 
Mike Stangeland, Kim Davis, Shelley Stangeland, ?, Shawn Stangeland 2001   Mike working on the garden at our house on Pandora Drive, Garcon Point, Florida, 2002

 

 
Mike walking a trail on Garcon Point, Florida 2002   Kim at Rocky Mountain National Park, ca. 1999

 

 
Mike and Kim visiting uncle Elmer Stangeland and his wife Shirley in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, 2006   Garcon Point, Florida 2002

 

 
Kim Davis and Mike Stangeland, ca. 2000   Mike with granddaughter Lauren Elizabeth Miller sleeping on his chest August 2004

 

 
Mike Stangeland at Cotten Lake, Escambia County, Florida   Ward Springs Trail Big Bend National Park 2004

 

 
Mike at Sabino Canyon 2004   Kim at Navarre Beach, 2003

 

On our way into Big Bend National Park, traveling south from Marathon, Texas. We had to stop and photograph a beautiful bloom of flowers along the road, 2004

 

 
Big Bend National Park, Texas 2004   Mount Lemmon near Tucson, Arizona 2004

 

 
Mike looking for butterflies, Bird Spring Pass, Kern County, California 2005   Mike standing among blooming lupines which are a foodplant for Boisduval's Blue butterflies among others. Kelso Valley, Kern County, California, 2005

 

 
Palm Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California 2004   Near Bishop, California 2005

 

 
At the top of Sheep Mountain in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine area, White Mountains, California 2005   Shawn Stangeland and Kim Davis, Thanksgiving 2006

 

Mike in the White Mountains in California June 6, 2005 (the mountains in the background are the Sierra Nevada)

 

 
Borrego Palm Canyon 2005   Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California 2005

 

 
Mike Stangeland with granddaughter Lauren Miller on Montezuma Peak, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California 2005   Mike Stangeland with granddaughter Lauren Miller on Montezuma Peak, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California 2005

 

 
Mike Stangeland with granddaughter Lauren Miller on Montezuma Peak, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California 2005   Mike Stangeland on a trail in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park 2005

 

 
Kim Davis and Mike Stangeland near the top of Carr Reef, Cochise County, Arizona, 2005   Mike playing one of our carbon fiber CA Guitars at Lost Maples State Park, Texas, 2006

 

 

Mike Stangeland along a stream in Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee, 2006

 

 
Mike at Sonora Pass, California 2005   Mike and Kim at Sonora Pass, California 2005

 

Grandpa Mike, Lauren and Grandma Kim, Yuma, Arizona 2006

 

Grandpa Mike flying a kite Carlsbad, California 2009

 

We spent a lot of time around Valle Nacional, Oaxaca state, Mexico during our 6 week trip May-June 2008. The area was loaded with butterflies.

 

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