2014-07-17 / Obituaries

Richard Payton

Richard Payton, a 26-year resident of Mariposa, passed away at the age of 69 on June 29, 2014 from natural causes.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Payton, brother Glenn Payton and daughter Lori Gilstrap.

Richard is survived by the love of his life, wife Kathie Payton of Mariposa, mother Lillian Payton of Fresno, sisters Charisce Williams and Denisce Jereb, both of Fresno, daughter Lisa and son-in-law Ken Sawatsky of Visalia, daughter Cindy and son-in-law Paul Koutsoubos of Mariposa, son Stefan Jones of Mariposa, granddaughter Natalee and grandson-in-law Matt White. He is also survived by great-grandsons Cohen and Brycen White of Visalia, grandson Jacob Sawatsky and granddaughter Susie Sawatsky, both of Visalia, granddaughter Shellby Koutsoubos and grandson Chris Koutsoubos of Mariposa, granddaughter Stephenie Jones of Willows, Calif. and granddaughter Sabrina Jones of Chico, Calif. He is also survived by multiple nieces and nephews.

Richard was raised in Hanford, Calif. His early adult life was spent in Southern California, Fresno, and Visalia, working as a store manager in retail automotive. He loved “the mountains,” his term for Mariposa, and always dreamed of living here.

Although Richard and his family owned property in Mariposa it was not until 1988 that he and his future wife, Kathie, moved to the community.

Richard loved to “tinker around the barnyard,” as he put it, go fishing and prospect for gold, and was always ready to take any of his kids or grandkids that wanted to go. He also enjoyed baseball, NASCAR racing, and the family’s yearly Super Bowl party, complete with Chicago-style Italian beef sandwiches, and strawberry poke cake.

It was Richard’s wish to not have a funeral. Instead, a celebration of life event will be take place at a later date.

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