1949 - 2009
Stan Mahoney was truly an icon of Baldwin County. Growing up in the area, his family once owned Wolf Bay Lodge. He was appointed to the US Naval Academy and earned a degree in Naval Architecture. Additional degrees were earned in International Relations and Strategic Studies. Stan commanded the USS Kirk. He reached the rank of Commander and was on track to attain Admiral when his life made a dramatic turn due to heart problems.Stan and his wife Jessy lived on Wolf Bay since the mid 80's. Stan received a heart transplant at UAB in 1996.
Stan Mahoney was the driving force behind the Wolf Bay Watershed Watch. Upon "retirement", Stan became commanding officer of the WBWW. This is no exaggeration. Stan referred to himself as being "mission oriented", and he was the driving force in making the WBWW the premier volunteer watershed watch group in the State of Alabama. He set and achieved numerous goals, culminating in the Watershed attaining Outstanding Alabama Water status, as designated by ADEM and the EPA. Wolf Bay was only the second water body to achieve such designation and was the first to achieve it by grassroots efforts.
Stan was an original and cannot be replaced. His passion was to protect his favorite area and it's now up to us to continue his work.