1936-2017: Jim Stanton remembered as a ‘big personality’

Jim Stanton, a residential developer who stuck with the condo market in defiance of conventional wisdom and had a hand in creating thousands of local housing units over a decadeslong career, died Saturday at age 81.

At the time of his death, the principal of Coon Rapids-based Shamrock Development remained active in a real estate career that spanned more than 55 years, including 40-plus years as a developer. Stanton developed more than 6,000 home sites in 28 cities, according to Shamrock’s website.

A 2014 inductee in the University of St. Thomas’s Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame, Stanton was a visionary with a passion for building homes – and a persona as big as the projects he created, according to his industry peers.

“He was a big personality. You always knew exactly what was on his mind,” said Herb Tousley, director of real estate programs at the University of St.

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