Stanton Ho Obituary
 
In Memory of

Stanton Mun Sin Ho

April 20, 1952 - March 10, 2017
Obituary

Stanton M.S. Ho was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to Stanley Q.C. Ho and Lilly Ho. He was the middle child between an older brother and younger sister. Stanton graduated from Roosevelt High School in Oahu in 1970 and attended the University of Hawaii, Kapi'olani Community College Culinary Program, where he learned the basics of cooking and baking and earned his Associate's Degree. Stanton Ho became the Executive Pastry Chef for the Las Vegas Hilton from 1979 to 2007. His responsibilities were to oversee the quality control and produce thousands of desserts in production for this 3,200 room convention property with over 12 restaurants, and...
Stanton M.S. Ho was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to Stanley Q.C. Ho and Lilly Ho. He was the middle child between an older brother and younger sister. Stanton graduated from Roosevelt High School in Oahu in 1970 and attended the University of Hawaii, Kapi'olani Community College Culinary Program, where he learned the basics of cooking and baking and earned his Associate's Degree.


Stanton Ho became the Executive Pastry Chef for the Las Vegas Hilton from 1979 to 2007. His responsibilities were to oversee the quality control and produce thousands of desserts in production for this 3,200 room convention property with over 12 restaurants, and convention facilities, catering to large banquets functions to upscale VIP, high rollers gambling, and special events. Furthering his education in baking, pastries, chocolate and confections, Stanton attended the Ecole LeNotre, in Plasir, France.


Over the course of his 38 year career, Stanton has won many gold, silver, bronze and special recognition awards in many national and international Culinary Competitions. Five of his outstanding awards were won in the International Chocolate for Jean-Marie Sibenaler Trophy Competition in Paris, France in 1990. Stanton was also awarded the Outstanding Distinguished Alumni for the University of Hawaii in 1990, and the Guslander Distinguished Chef award at Kapi'olani Community College.


In 1999 Stanton became the President/Chairman of United States World Cup Pastry Team, and led the pastry team to America's first Gold Medal Championship at Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie in 2001, in Lyon, France. In 2000, he received the recognition by Paris Gourmet, as "Pastry Chef of the Millennium" for his contribution, dedication, education, and mentoring to the pastry industry.


Chef Stanton Ho's accomplishments as a pastry chef are as numerous as they are impressive. A career built on education achievements and work experience, Stanton has formed his baking, pastries, chocolates, and confection consulting company. Aiding and assisting production improvements in the industrial and hospitality market. After 26 years at the Hilton, Stanton joined the private industry as a corporate chef for a chocolate company and moved to California to serve as a Corporate Executive Chef (2007-2012). He then went into semi-retirement and became a Confection, Chocolate and Pastry Chef Consultant. He soon was hired by the Luker's Chocolate Company of Germany and traveled to their 150 year-old chocolate plantation in Colombia, and bore a new title: Master Chocolatier for the United States.



When travel became a challenge, Stanton began his new role as the product consultant for King's Hawaiian company collaborating on new items for their restaurant and expanding business. He has enjoyed the challenge of working with its CEO Mark Taira and the revival of working with Hawaiian flavors and culture into their products. He has come full circle. Currently, Stanton just completed the recipes for his book, Dessert Paradise.


This is just a notice to let you know about the passing of our beloved Stanton, who died on Friday, March 10, 2017 in Las Vegas, at home, after a three-year battle against Leiomysarcoma cancer. We want you to know that he lived every day of his life the last three years working towards checking-off things on his bucket list, and did very well.


Last summer, he visited his beloved Hanalei home in Kauai and had the pleasure of sharing his deep love of his island home to his three grandchildren: Edison-8, Liam-5 and Junie-4. He showed them how to set Samoan crab nets up the river and how to cook and eat them, how to trim the fruit trees on the property, pick avocados from the roof, feed the menagerie of wild birds, roosters and their chicks from the front porch, how to go outside and play in the rain, how to walk along the beach searching for shells, how to spy tiny fish swimming along the bay shores, how to enjoy the verdant mountain views from the Hanalei Pier, build sandcastles in the soft sand and enjoy a swim in the warm ocean waters. Most of all, Stan enjoyed sharing his tasty cooking skills of island fish, veggies and fruits. Every morning he prepared a dish of fresh Hawaiian apple bananas, papayas, and mangos. He taught them to look for waterfalls, look for the sunsets, watch the canoe paddlers practice in the bay, and to meet the Kauai o'hana (extended family) of cousins and friends…he was very happy.



Stan also spent the last 5 months working on his long-awaited book of recipes for his special pastries and desserts. With the help of the King's Hawaiian company where he served as their product consultant, the CEO Mark Taira helped him find a book design team to assist in getting Stan's book completed. It will be published and titled, "Dessert Paradise." Son, Brenton, the experienced Las Vegas event photographer by trade, took all the product pictures for the book and a few chef colleagues living nearby came over to assist baking and to perfect their techniques. Son, Stuart, was the computer technician and wife Darlene was Stan's baking assistant. The grandchildren were eager taste testers and Joanne, his wife, took on the role of motivator, care-giver, and loving support throughout…he called her, "My soulmate." The book will be available in the near future on Amazon and Kindle…he was very happy.


Stan cherished all the family, friends and colleagues who traveled out to visit him in Las Vegas and who took time to sit and chat about all their good times together down memory lane. After 40 years in the culinary industry, 26 of which were at the Las Vegas Hilton where he wore the title Executive Pastry Chef, Stan was fortunate to make deep, long-lasting friendships with many chefs, culinary students, product vendors, private corporations, culinary schools, hotels, restaurant and private business owners and charitable organizations. Stan made friends abroad when he competed in international chocolate and pastry competitions in France; he won more than awards and medals, he won a lifetime of friendships. Stan also spent years participating in charitable fundraisers for the homeless, for cancer hospitals, and for scholarship events for college culinary student programs across the U.S. Those relationships were never forgotten; they were nurtured and cherished after all those years of his career…he was very happy.


Stanton was most grateful for the community of people who offered him positive thoughts and wishes to overcome the challenges presented by his battle with cancer. He looked at every day as a gift and made sure he laughed every day, hugged and kissed his grandchildren every day, talked to people on Facebook, Gmail and by text every day. He loved keeping in contact with everyone…he commented that he never imagined the generosity and love people gave him; it sustained his courage and determination…he was very happy.


People have written testimonies of Stan since he passed and here are some of the words they have used to describe his character, as they state: Stan was…sincere kindness, funny, an inspiration for me and many pastry chefs throughout the USA, and in fact, the world; humble, focused, my friend, a mentor, a teacher, my brother, loving, gracious, creative, selfless, a legend, classy, magical, an Ambassador of the Culinary Arts; the greatest local pastry chef to come out of Hawaii; positive in attitude, calm, talented, professionalism, always sharing his knowledge, skills and passion for all that is pastry.


Stan's greatest pleasure was in baking his tasty treats for his family and his friends. He lived to see the expressions on their faces as they ate his chocolate brownies, mandarin orange cheesecakes, madelines, truffles, and savory breads. He would beam. He loved baking and cooking to please those he loved; pleasing strangers was a bonus! Stanton was a man who loved living and who appreciated quality food preparation and made sure he had a purposeful life. Having a purpose gave life meaning and enhanced its flavor. He loved the island life, loved the flavors of all foods around the world, and loved to make others enjoy his exquisite desserts.



Aloha Stanton, you lived a full and happy life!


Joanne and Family Ho

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