Stan Paregien Sr was born in Oklahoma to Harold and Evelyn (Cauthen) Paregien. The family moved west the year after his birth and he grew up on ranches and farms where his father worked in southern California.
One of those places where Harold Paregien worked was the Newhall Ranch, a corporate ranching and farming operation that stretched for miles either side of the highway from the towns of Newhall to Piru.
Stan was already in love with anything cowboy, mostly by watching those great B-Westerns at the local movie theaters. And then on the Newhall Ranch (officially known as the Newhall Land & Farming Company) he and his sister Roberta acquired horses and rode happy trails all over the ranch.
Paregien graduated from high school at Fillmore, Calif. He married Peggy Ruth Allen from nearby Ventura, Calif., in May of 1962. And they immediately moved to Nashville, Tennessee where in 1965 he graduated from Lipscomb University. He received his master’s degree from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. And he completed the classwork toward a Ph.D. in Speech Communication at the University of Oklahoma.
He is a former full-time minister, a newspaper reporter and editor, a radio talk show host, a director of mental health facilities in both Texas and Oklahoma, and a salesman of various products. Through it all, he has been a freelance writer and author.
Today he is available to speak on Woody Guthrie’s life, writings and music. Or he can present a program combining stories about Woody with a performance of selected songs by him and by Stan himself.
In addition, he is available to speak about the subjects of his other online E-books (rodeo star Jim Shoulders, civil rights leader Clara Luper, Stan’s own cowboy poetry, and the life of Oklahoma folklorist Dr. Guy Logsdon).
Stan and Peggy have two adult children, Stan Paregien Jr who lives with his family in the St. Louis area; and Stacy Magness who lives with her family south central Texas. They also have four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The Paregiens lived in Edmond, Oklahoma for some 20 years before moving to Bradenton, Florida in June of 2013.
Be sure to take a look at his other e-books which are also available online, including:
Woody Guthrie: His Life, Music & Myth
Oklahoma Almanac of Facts & Humor, Part 1
Oklahoma Almanac of Facts & Humor, Part 2
The Day Jesus Died
Rootin’ Tootin’ Cowboy Poetry
Guy Logsdon: Award-winning Folklorist
Jim Shoulders: King of the Rodeo Cowboys
Quotations for Writers & Speakers
Clara Luper: Civil Rights Pioneer
Thoughts on Unity