Lloyd Dean Stoops

October 1st, 1948February 8th, 2021

Lloyd Dean Stoops was born October 1, 1948, the last of three sons, to Lloyd Wayne and Dorothy Agnes Stoops in Liberal Kansas. Lloyd’s family moved to Tyrone, Oklahoma shortly thereafter. Lloyd was active in athletics, and although he was a bit shy, was smitten with his future wife, Mary Ellen Lunceford whom he dated throughout High School. After his graduation he not only married his love, Mary, with her help he earned his A&P Mechanics license and completed his degree in Aeronautics.

Degree in hand, Lloyd applied for and was accepted into USAF pilot training. Lloyd graduated 1st in his class of some 50 students in 1973, allowing him to choose his assignment. With a newborn son, Scott, at home he chose the C-9 Nightingale which allowed him to spend more time with his growing family. That assignment flew government dignitaries, military patients and their families and children all over the county. While at Scott AFB, his second son, Ryan, was born, making their family complete.

Post Air Force, Lloyd began his airline career with Frontier Airlines. After multiple furloughs and extended airline struggles including a time at Continental, Lloyd was hired at United Airlines. Lloyd’s career at United was defined by his time as a Boeing 737 and Airbus Captain. Lloyd was a “pilot’s pilot”, who loved managing the risks of flying commercially. He was proud to say he never had a scratch or ding on any plane at any time, and was highly respected by his peers. He retired in 2013 as an Airbus Captain. Aviation in all forms were near and dear to Lloyd’s heart and he was most at home flying an airplane.

Lloyd is survived by wife Mary, son Scott and his wife Michelle, son Ryan, grandchildren Andrew, Alex, Abigail, and Kamryn, brother Roger, many in-laws, nieces and nephews, and many good friends he enjoyed spending life with. As a family, our goal will be to live our lives in a way that would make him proud. That will be a lofty goal, as his standards for a life well lived were quite high, especially for himself. He will be missed but never forgotten.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in his honor to the Humane Society of Boulder County, Pilots n Paws, TRU Hospice, or a charity of your choice. 


Graveside services will be held Saturday, February 27 at 11am, at Green Mountain Cemetery, with a celebration of life being planned for early summer.


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Mary, Kirk and I want to express our condolences at Lloyd's passing. We remember him fondly from the many wonderful Solbourne parties we attended at your home. You both made us feel so welcome. We always enjoyed talking with Lloyd at those events and hearing about his flying days. Our hearts and thoughts are with you, your sons, and the rest of your family. Love, Karen and Kirk Kullby
I remember when I was in 9th grade and I had to do an assignment for my English class to write a paper about what I wanted to do for a career. Fortunately I was friends with Scott and he hooked me up with his Dad and I was able to interview him. Although I didn't end up being a pilot, he gave me great advice about the importance of education and I started to think about what I wanted to do in life. I went from wanting to be a pilot, then mechanic, then math teacher, and then finally ended up being a Statistician for Kaiser Permanente but the process all started at an early age which really helped. I also loved flying remote control gliders with him and that hobby taught me invaluable life skills for both career and life. I am sorry for your loss, he touched many lives beyond his family. Glenn Goodrich