2017-06-29 / Obituaries

Jeffrey Ellis

Coach Jeffrey “Elmo” Ellis, age 58, left this world early Monday, June 12, 2017. He was surrounded by his loving family until greeted by his father and other loved ones.

Jeffrey was born to Bill and Jean Ellis, Feb. 22, 1959, and ended up being the fourth child out of six siblings. He graduated from Mariposa County High School in 1977, married Carolyn Banias and together had three children.

He loved playing sports and eventually started coaching youth and high school teams. Softball, football and golf are among a few of them.

Coach Ellis worked for the Parks and Recreation Department in Mariposa County for many years and took pride in maintaining the fields and pools for the community’s children.

He moved out to the Kansas/Missouri area and worked for a local ranch running grounds and over-seeing operations. Jeff moved back to California, settling in the Oakhurst area to be closer to his grandchildren.

Coach Ellis is survived by his mother, Jean Ellis; his siblings, Margaret Boland, Donnie and Marilyn Ellis, Danny and Kim Ellis, Lee and Patti Ellis and Brian Ellis; his children, Jennifer and Richard Chow, Casey and Britney Ellis and Whitney Ellis; his grandchildren, Keagan, Taylor, Jaiylen, Sam, Cali, Dalton, Maverick and Brayden; his many nieces and nephews and his best friend, Carolyn. He will be greatly missed.

There will be a celebration of life at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds at 6 p.m., July 22, 2107. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: 29969 Horseshoe Dr., Coarsegold, CA 93614.

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