2017-04-27 / Obituaries

Jonathan Hummel

Jonathan Earl Hummel, born Feb. 24, 1950 in Fresno, Calif., passed away on April 7, 2017 at John C. Fremont Hospital. He was 67.

He is survived by his wife, Leslie Hummel of Mariposa; stepson, Ian Whitaker ( Julie) of Las Vegas, Nev.; brothers, Monte (Sue) Hummel of Lodi, Calif. and Steven (Patti) Hummel of Oakhurst, Calif.; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jim and Shirley Akins of Merced, Calif.; and special friends, Dan Horst and Patty Decker, in addition to many nephews and nieces, brothers-in-law and sister in law, and other relatives and friends, both local and distant. He was preceded in death by his father, Jesse Roy Hummel, and mother Verna Mae Skiftun.

The middle of three boys, Jon spent childhood summers at the family cabin at Bass Lake where he first developed a love of the Sierra Nevadas. He played football in high school and briefly at Sacramento State before being hired by Pacific Gas and Electric Company in 1974 as a lineman, where he climbed utility poles from Atascadero to Mariposa.

He married Leslie in 1993 and the family moved to Mariposa the same year. Known for his honesty and integrity, Jon was a natural leader who served as ministry leader of Celebrate Recovery at Yosemite Church in Merced from 2001 to 2010. There he led a number of 12-step groups for men with chemical addictions and helped many on the road to sobriety and better lives.

He was a regular at Fresno State Bulldog football home games and never missed a chance to travel. He loved to cook at home and for a crowd, visiting Las Vegas often to see Ian and explore the authentic Asian food there. An avid outdoorsman, he loved dirt track racing, camping, fishing, shooting and riding his Harley Davidson with Leslie on the back, through winding mountain roads. He was a grateful believer in Jesus Christ.

An informal memorial service will be held at Yosemite Church in Merced on April 29 at 10 a.m. Guests are encouraged to wear cowboy boots and Wranglers.

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