Troy Stanford

Troy Stanford, 94 (August 5, 1928—February 2, 2023) passed away peacefully at Desert Regional Hospital with his partner and spouse Bill Boykin at his side. Troy was born in Red Oak, Texas to Otis Jesse Stanford and Nancy Maye Eagle Stanford. He graduated from Red Oak High School and immediately enlisted into the Air Force. After his discharge, Troy returned to Red Oak for a short time period before relocating to Dallas, Texas. His first employment was with Mobil Oil where he worked for many years. After leaving Mobil he had various jobs within Dallas. He then became a founding partner of Jack Davis Associates which was a furniture and accessories showroom at the Dallas Market Center. The showroom opened on July 6, 1974 and in 1987 through a reorganization, Troy became President and it was renamed Troy Stanford Associates, Inc. After 31 years, he decided that it was time to close in September, 2005. At that time, he was one of the longest tenured showroom owners at the center. He enjoyed working with the various interior designers and furniture stores throughout the many years. Troy met Bill Boykin in Dallas and they became partners for 36 years. During that time, they mutually agreed that they needed a weekend break from the big city so purchased a lake house at Cedar Creek Lake which was an easy drive from Dallas. They had it for over 11 years and he became an avid fisherman, enjoyed the many parties, hosting fish fries and Sunday brunches with their many Dallas friends who also owned lake houses. During this time, Bill and Troy began traveling as frequently as they could though limited due to both still working. During the many travels, they developed a passion for Puerto Vallarta and Palm Springs. In 1999, they sold the lake house and purchased their first property in Palm Springs and subsequently moved to the desert full time in 2001. They quickly became acclimated to the social life and developed many, many friendships. They were very active in Prime Timers of the Desert where Troy served on the Board of Directors. He also was a member of the Thursday Lunch Group for many years and enjoyed the socialization and dining at the various restaurants throughout the valley. In 2012, they decided to take a Palm Springs leave and moved to their second passion Puerto Vallarta for 2 years. Troy considered it a very special time in his life as he became immersed in Puerto Vallarta culture day to day more as a local rather than a short-term tourist. They loved viewing the spectacular sunsets, the friendly people, the food, hanging out at the beach and the various excursions outside of PV. In 2014, they decided that it was time to return to Palm Springs. After returning, he reestablished friendships and settled back in to the desert life. Travel commenced again but was primarily international cruises, due to advanced age, which Troy enjoyed immensely. Troy had always been a fan of Spencer’s Restaurant so he became a Friday Lunch with martini regular and during the past 8 years he very rarely missed a Friday. He developed a relationship with the lunch staff whom he affectionately referred to as his Palm Springs family. We will always be appreciative to Julieta, and the lunch staff for their devoted friendship during his declining years and are eternally grateful. Troy is survived by his partner and spouse of 36 years, Bill Boykin, his beloved Shih Tzu, Toby and nephews and nieces, Don Stanford (Diane) of Dallas, Sheryl Overstreet (Bill) of Dallas, Sylvia Smith, Linda Stanford, Janice Davis of Red Oak, and their families. He is also survived by many devoted and cherished friends in Dallas, Puerto Vallarta, and Palm Springs.

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