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CLAASSEN, Stacia Tate (Deck)

April 25, 2013 5:12 AM

(Nov. 24, 1965 - April 20, 2013)

Stacia was born in Dickinson, ND to Stan and June Deck. She was raised in North Dakota until her family moved to Santa Barbara, CA when she was 14. She attended and graduated Anacapa High School. She moved to Tyler, TX, gained passion for broadcasting at television station KLMG. She moved to Great Falls, MT in 1989 to get closer to her grand parents (Earl and Vivian Deck) and attend the College of Great Falls. She met her husband Richard (Rick) Claassen on Dec. 27, 1989. They married on July 13, 1991. Stacia received her B.A. in broadcasting in 1993 and worked for KRTV3 and KFBB5 behind the scenes and as the weekend weather analyst during this time. Stacia gave up her passion for broadcasting to become a full time mom. She blessed us with two boys, William Scout Claassen and Bridger Tate Claassen. The children became her passion. She followed her husband Rick through his careers in Great Falls, MT, Billings, MT, Arroyo Grande, CA and Bakersfield, CA. She loved her children more than anything. She loved her two dogs, Shiloh and Jake. She enjoyed talking with family, friends or just a stranger in the store. She liked watching the Ellen Degeneres show and camping or fishing with Rick and the boys. She was only here a short time but gave us a lifetime of memories.

She is survived by her husband Rick Claassen, her sons Scout Claassen and Bridger Claassen of Bakersfield, CA, parents Stan and June Deck of Santa Barbara, CA, sister Cheree Deck of Santa Barbara, CA, sister Valli Deck of Bismarck, ND, brother Ted and Patty Deck of Santa Barbara, CA, and brother Spencer Deck of Ft. Lewis, WA (US Army).


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