On February 12, 2019, the Upper Arlington community lost one of its finest, with the passing of recently retired City Manager Ted Staton. On Sunday, February 17, we gathered with Ted’s family, friends and former colleagues to celebrate Ted’s life and legacy. We share here a video from the service and Ted’s obituary, which touches upon the many facets and accomplishments of a dedicated community servant.
“Theodore Joseph “Ted” Staton, of Upper Arlington, OH, born September 2, 1955, the beloved son of the late Millard and Virginia Staton of Dayton, OH, lost a brave battle with cancer on February 12, 2019. A dedicated public servant, community leader, mentor, family man and friend, Ted has enriched the lives of many. For him, public service was a vocation and a passion. He was a firm believer in the value of good, ethical governance, and the provision of core services to assure a high quality of life for the members of any given community.
Ted is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Carol, and was the proud father of his sons Paul and Bennett; he was a cherished brother to his siblings Stephanie Staton-Young (Matthew deceased) of London, England, Christopher Staton (Cindy) of Vandalia, OH, Jane Clery (Jeff) of Lake Zurich, IL, Matthew Staton (Debbie) of Centerville, OH, Laure Borgerding (Tony) of Dallas, TX, and Claire Mertzman (Mark Pennywitt) of Beavercreek, OH. He is also survived by Carol’s mother Betty (George deceased) Uhlenbock, of Urbana, OH; Carol’s siblings Stephen Uhlenbrock (Cheryl) of Cable, OH, James Uhlenbrock (Liz) of New Albany, OH, William Uhlenbrock (Denise) of Piqua, OH; and numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He relished and loved his large family dearly and they all loved him. Ted cherished his time spent with Carol, the boys and Spike the cat at their cabin on Lake Huron. He was a talented cook who loved sharing meals, good wine and bad jokes with friends and family.
A dedicated public servant, community leader, mentor, family man and friend, Ted has enriched the lives of many. For him, public service was a vocation and a passion. He was a firm believer in the value of good, ethical governance, and the provision of core services to assure a high quality of life for the members of any given community.
Ted served as City Manager for the City of Upper Arlington from October 2011-January 2019. He successfully led the organization through a challenging period, and laid the groundwork for the community’s continued health and vibrancy. Celebrating its Centennial Year in 2018, Upper Arlington’s future looks bright as it begins a new century, thanks to Ted’s exceptional leadership.
Ted previously served as City Manager for East Lansing, Michigan from April 1995-September 2011. During his tenure, the community’s land area increased by a third, land and property values doubled, and the City attained its first ever Triple A financial rating. East Lansing became known for its art and music festivals, and a commitment to expanding recreation and park facilities. Previously, Ted served in several positions at the City of Dayton, OH, including Assistant City Manager, Director of Office Management and Budget, and Director of Public Works. He earned a Master of Arts in Public Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Wright State University, and completed the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Ted was involved in many civic organizations including:
• The Legacy Leader and Credentialed Manager of the International City/County Management Association
• Executive Board of the League of Women in Government
• Ohio City Manager Association
• Chair of the Central Ohio Mayors and Managers Association
• Upper Arlington Rotary Club
• Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
• Upper Arlington Community Foundation Board of Trustees
• Upper Arlington Community Improvement Corporation
• Board Member and Past President of the Michigan City Management Association
• Past President of the Leadership Dayton Association; Michigan Municipal League
• East Lansing Kiwanis Club
Ted received numerous awards and recognitions including:
• 2019 Outstanding Mentor Award from the International City/County Management Association
• 2018 Upper Arlington Stewardship Award
• 2018 Ohio City Manager’s Association Award for Career Achievement
• John L. Patriarche Distinguished Service Award for Career Achievement from the Michigan Local Government Association
• Vocational Excellence Award from the Rotary Club of East Lansing
Ted was an avid supporter of organ donation through Lifeline of Ohio.
Family will receive friends from 3-7 pm at the Schoedinger Northwest Chapel, 1740 Zollinger Road on Saturday February 16. A funeral service will be held at 2 pm, Sunday, February 17 at the Upper Arlington Municipal Building, 3600 Tremont Rd. A reception will follow.
Condolences may be sent and memories shared at www.Schoedinger.com.
Donations may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 100 W. Old Wilson Bridge Rd #118, Worthington, OH 43085, or Lifeline of Ohio 770 Kinnear Rd # 200, Columbus, OH 43212, in his memory.”
We are forever grateful to Ted for his leadership, integrity, substance, vision, humor and kindness. We will miss Ted greatly.