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Dr. Floyd Stauffer, husband of philanthropist and community leader Dr. Mary Stauffer and a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, died last Friday.
He was 96.
Floyd Stauffer kept a relatively low profile in Downey but was globally renowned for his diving skills. His talent at diving off platforms and swimming pools was discovered at a young age, and he was invited to compete at the 1934 World’s Fair in Chicago.
He joined the Navy Reserves after turning 18 and was commissioned overseas towards the end of WWII. After returning to the U.S., he became All-Navy Diving Champion in 1947.
Stauffer continued competitive diving well into his senior years, including a master’s tournament after he turned 90.
He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2006.
Funeral services are pending.