Stanley Thomas Synar

Captain (Pilot)

Born: 12 March 1918, Wellston, OK
Education: Warner High School/Connors College/Oklahoma A&M 1940
Entered Marine Corps: 8 July 1941 via Naval Reserve

Summary: Designated Naval Aviator 2 July 1942 (Class 12A41C) Corpus Christi, TX and commissioned USMCR. Credited with 5 aerial victories over South Pacific with VMF-112. Two of his victories were recorded in world record time of five seconds. Separated from Marine Corps 22 February 1946 with the grade of Captain. After release from Marine Corps began Synar tradition of running for congress in Oklahoma's second district, the seat his nephew, the late Mike Synar, would hold for eight terms. Although Stanley's run for congress was unsuccessful, he would be appointed to the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board by Governor Roy Turner in 1946. He would serve on this board for eight years.

In 1946 Stanley began a successful career in ranching and real estate. He formed Eastern Oklahoma Land & Cattle Company in Muskogee with his brother Steve. In 1973 he formed Synar Land Company in Tulsa, a real estate brokerage and development company still in operation today and run by his son, Stanley, Jr..

Personal military awards included the Distinguished Flying Cross, several Air Medals, and the Purple Heart for wounds received in aerial combat 29 August 1943.

Stanley Synar died 30 April 1998 after being diagnosed with Myelodysplastic syndrome, a form of pre-Leukemia. He is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Tulsa, OK. He loved life to the fullest and the men he flew with in the Wolf Pack.

Survived by:

Stanley T. Synar, Jr.
P.O. Box 1160
Tulsa, OK 74101-1160