Danny Stone, a Grant County wheat farmer, has announced he's entering the race for the state House seat being vacated by Representative Brad Hawkins of the 12th Legislative District. He operates his family’s 556-acre farm located north of Hartline and Almira and helps manage additional family farm acreage operated by his cousin. Mr. Stone is currently serving as the 12th Legislative District Chair for the Grant County Republicans. He graduated from Almira High School in 1975, and holds under-graduate degrees from Wenatchee Valley College and Northwest College (now Northwest University). He spent over 28 years as a pastor at a community church in Addy, Washington. Concurrently he coached in the Chewelah School District for 21 years qualifying athletes for the State Cross Country Championships each year with three of his teams winning state championships. He also coached softball for 11 years, with one state tournament appearance.
In 1989, Mr. Stone began traveling internationally to teach and assist Christian workers and churches. In doing so, he’s spent time in Jamaica, Mexico, Ukraine, Zambia and South Africa. Most of his involvement has been in Ukraine with 26 trips to the former communist nation. He’s also made 7 trips to Zambia, located in south-central Africa.
Besides his current involvement with the Grant County Republican Central Committee, he also volunteers his time assisting with the Almira/Coulee-Hartline high school softball team and serves as president of the Almira Cemetery Endowment Association. He also serves as the worship team leader at Almira Community Church.
Married for 37 years, his wife, Sandy, is an obstetric nurse at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee. They have five children. One son serves as an associate pastor at a church in Hillsboro, Oregon. A daughter works in student affairs at a university in Portland, Oregon. Another son is a professional soul artist who calls Seattle his home base. They have two daughters still at home. The oldest, 18, graduated from Washington Virtual Academy-Omak in June and a 17-year-old is a senior at Almira/Coulee-Hartline High School.
Danny Stone’s life journey includes being born in Odessa, Washington. It was the nearest hospital to the Stone’s farm home, located at that time southeast of Almira. In 1969 the Stone’s secured the lease on additional farm ground north of Hartline and Almira and moved there in 1972. After high school, Danny attended Wenatchee Valley College to study agriculture and play college baseball. He continued his education at Northwest College, playing collegiate basketball and traveling with a musical group while there. He and Sandy were married in June of 1979 and he graduated from Northwest in May of 1980.
After graduation, Danny accepted a position as youth pastor at Addy New Life Christian Center and immediately moved to Chewelah, Washington. In the spring of 1981 he began coaching for the Chewelah Cougars and became the head cross country coach in the fall of that same year. As stated earlier, he also was the head coach of softball and spent one season as the head girls basketball coach. In 1989 Danny became the Senior Pastor of the church and served until April of 2009 when he assumed the management of the family farm. Danny’s father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease 2 months later and Danny and Sandy assisted with his care until he passed in August of 2014. The Stone’s live on the family farm and continue a 4-generation heritage of family farming.