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West, Stark

West, Stark, husband, father, architect, and sailor, passed away in his home at the age of 93, on Friday morning July 3rd, from old age. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Kathleen Vaughn West of Heath, Texas. Stark was born on June 21, 1922 in Jackson, Michigan, eldest son of Charles Shannon West and Marion Wilson West. The family moved to Texas in 1930, where Charles was from and the Wests have lived since prior to the Civil War. He was preceded in death by his brother Charles Shannon West Jr. and sister Marion West Palmer. Growing up in Dallas, Stark attended the old Crozier Tech High School in downtown Dallas and learned drafting. He was a member at that time of St. Cecilia's Catholic Church in Oak Cliff where he met Kathleen Vaughn, his future bride. Stark enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1943 and trained as a fighter pilot to fly the P-40 Flying Tiger. He got his wings in 1944. By God's providence the war ended shortly thereafter so he never saw combat. After WW II Stark attended the University of Texas at Austin and studied architecture. While at UT he married Kathleen. He graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Soon thereafter he and Kathleen had their first of five children. He is survived by those five children, their spouses, nine grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. They are Jay & Emily West of Dallas and sons John and Matthew West; Chuck & Theresa West of Dallas, daughter Elizabeth and son Michael West; Barbara & Harry Mackey of Austin, daughter Ann Mackey Townsend and husband Trent Townsend, daughter Zoe and son Connor Townsend; Jennifer Mackey Bianco and husband Lenny Bianco; Susan & Rick Vance of Dallas, daughters Katie and Nicki Vance; and Becky & Pat Drake of Heath, TX and daughter Madison Drake. Stark practiced architecture in Dallas for 40 years. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects and a respected member of the profession. Early in his career he designed several mid-century modern homes that are highly prized by their current owners, as well as Pinkston and Roosevelt High Schools, and the corporate headquarters of Otis Engineering. He was responsible for the design of what is now the Comerica Building in Preston Center. He and Kathleen lived near Rush Creek Yacht Club in Heath where Stark was the oldest living member and an avid sailor. He was an honest, hard-working man but most importantly a good father and husband. He will be greatly missed. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday July 13th at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church located at 1305 Damascus Road, Rockwall, TX 75087. Go to for directions to find the church. In lieu of flowers a memorial donation may be made to Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, building fund.