Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Alumni Obituaries

Father James Stafford

11, 1928 - Sept. 7, 2017 OKLAHOMA CITY 

The Reverend James David Martin
Stafford, 88, died on Sept. 7, 2017, in Oklahoma City. Father Stafford was born
on Dec. 11, 1928, in Oilton, OK to Clay and Abbie Martin Stafford. Father
attended Seminole Public Schools, elementary and high school, received his B.A.
from The University of Oklahoma, his M.T.A. at the University of Tulsa and
attended the Assumption Seminary, San Antonio. He was ordained to priesthood May
27, 1961, at Holy Family Cathedral, Tulsa, OK. He was a colonel in the U.S.
Army, Fourth Infantry Regiment, and received the National Defense Services
Medal. Father Stafford devoted 47 years in active ministry to the people of
Oklahoma, serving as Assistant Pastor, Immaculate Conception, OKC; Associate
Pastor, St. Francis Xavier, Enid; Chaplain at Enid State School, St. Ann Home,
OKC; Chaplain, Counselor and Teacher, Bishop Kelley High School, Tulsa;
Administrator, St. Andrew Church, Haskell; teaching position at Edison High
School, Tulsa; Associate Pastor, St. William Church, Los Altos, CA; Associate
Pastor, St. Patrick Church, OKC; Pastor, St. Barbara/ Holy Family, Lawton and
mission, St. Patrick, Walters, OK; and Pastor, Blessed Sacrament in Lawton. In
addition to his pastoral assignments, he served on the Worship Commission,
Building Committee, Council of Priests, Seminary Board, Archdiocesan Chaplain
of the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima and as a Regional Vicar. Father Stafford
retired in 2008. Father Stafford was preceded in death by his parents.