2017-01-26 / Obituaries

Stefan Jones

Stefan Jones, beloved son, father, uncle and friend, passed away in his sleep on Oct. 12, 2016.

He was 50 years old. Stefan is survived by his mother, Kathie Payton of Mariposa; sister and brother-in-law Cindy and Paul Koutsoubos of Mariposa; daughter Stephenie Jones of Willows, Calif.; daughter Sabrina Jones of Galt, Calif.; niece Shellby Koutsoubos and nephew Chris Koutsoubos of Mariposa; sister and brother-in-law Lisa and Ken Sawatsky, as well as nephew Jacob Sawatsky, niece Susan Sawatsky and niece and nephew Natalee and Matthew White of Visalia, Calif.

Stefan also leaves behind three great-nephews and one great-niece.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Jones; stepfather Richard Payton; sister Lori Gilstrap; grandparents Jerry and Lauretta Hayes, Marcella and Shorty Brown, and Robert and Lillian Payton.

Stefan was born in Orlando, Fla., and moved with his family at the age of 1 to Visalia, Calif. He attended grade school through high school there and remained in Visalia until his mid-20s. His work took him to Arkansas, Florida and North Carolina before coming to Mariposa in 2013. Stefan spent three years in Mariposa before returning to Visalia, “home,” in July 2016.

Stefan had a very special place in his heart for the wonderful woman he lovingly called “Silk.” She brought immense happiness to him.

He loved woodworking, music, football, baseball, NASCAR and the outdoors.

In lieu of a funeral, cremation was chosen. A family and friends gathering will be held at a later date.

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