2015-08-27 / Obituaries

John Hampton Pool, Jr.

John Hampton Pool, Jr., 68, of Mariposa, died Aug. 20, 2015 in a single car accident.

He was born on Feb. 4, 1947 in Palo Alto to loving parents, Olive and Hampton Pool. They lived in Southern California, Canada and other locations before moving to Mariposa in 1964. His parents had grown up in the small town of San Miguel and wished to return to a country way of life. The family found a stunning 200-acre property above Ponderosa Basin that they named Cedar Point Ranch. The property became one of John’s greatest loves.

He attended Mariposa County High School for his senior year and then went into the Navy where he served in the Vietnam War. When he returned to Mariposa, he was hired by PG&E in 1968 in the general construction division. He traveled all over the state working for the company and meeting many people that he went on to have lifelong friendships with. He seemed to know every back road in the state, all the best hole-in-the-wall eating establishments and he never failed to connect with someone who crossed his path. At the end of his career with PG&E he worked locally, at the Oakhurst yard.

He met and married the love of his life here in Mariposa, Alison Pool (maiden name Chase). They were married on Nov. 17, 1973 and made a life here in Mariposa, surrounded by a loving community of family and friends. John and Alison had three children, Stephanie, Dustin and Kristin.

John was first and foremost a devoted, loving father and all three children enjoyed being raised with their grandparents nearby on the family property.

John and Alison designed their home and had it built on Cedar Point Ranch. It was finished in 1989. It is a lovely home that John took great pride in and was continually upgrading and improving. This was the case with the ranch as well. He spent countless hours working on and enjoying the property.

He had the great joy of seeing all of his children married at Cedar Point Ranch in the last five years. John was also overjoyed to become a grandparent recently. More than anything he treasured his time with his family and friends. He was known as an amazing host and friend.

John loved to travel and enjoy life. He traveled throughout Mexico, Canada, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. He had a special place in his heart for Mexico.

He is survived by his wife, Alison Pool of Mariposa and his children, their spouses and one grandchild: Stephanie and David Auerbach of San Francisco, Dustin, Rebekah and Asher Pool of Auckland, New Zealand and Kristin and Matthew Cohen of Portland, Ore. Other family members include his siblings, Suzanne Mitchell of Walnut Creek and Robert Pool of Anchorage, Alaska. Members of his wife’s family are Roberta, Chris and Steven Preston Chase of Mariposa.

A memorial will be held for friends and family. The family wishes it to be private and so it is an invitation-only event. They thank everyone for their understanding.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John’s name to Mariposa FFA Boosters and the Yosemite Music Festival. Checks can be mailed to Mariposa FFA Boosters at P.O. Box 1089, Mariposa CA 95338. For The Yosemite Music Festival, checks should be made out to and mailed to Chuck Carter at 6260 Carter Road, Mariposa, CA 95338.

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