Services for Jearl Dean “Lefty” Stafford of Nevada City will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Nevada City chapel of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary. Burial will take place at Forest View Cemetery in Grass Valley.
Mr. Stafford died Monday, March 6, in Roseville. He was 78.
He was born Nov. 17, 1927, in Oroville, to Luell and Mary Stafford. He graduated from Oroville High School in 1947 and received a B.A. in Business Education form Chico State University in 1955. He earned his nickname when he played first base for the CSU Chico Championship baseball teams for three years. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Patcine Foote on June 24, 1956, in Nevada City. He worked for the Nevada Joint Union High School District for 36 years, teaching business classes at Nevada Union High School and Sierra College. He was active in coaching basketball, baseball, softball and football at Nevada Union High School as well as Nevada City Little League. He was a life-member of the Nevada City Elks Lodge, and a member of the National Rifle Association, the Bar Area “R” Ranch Association, and Klub Klamath. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and gardening.
He is survived by his wife Patcine Stafford of Nevada City; brother and sister-in-law, Elba and Joan Stafford of Arlington, Texas; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ima and Lee Pierce of El Dorado, and Eileen and Frasier Lovett of Mountain Home, Ark.; sons Michael Stafford of Fresno, Brian Stafford of Nevada City, Kevin Stafford of Susanville, and Robert Stafford of Orangevale; and grandchildren Danielle Whipple, David Stafford, Kai Stafford, Sierra Stafford, Tara Stafford, Jake Stafford, and Amanda Carver.
Memorial contributions may be made to Klub Klamath Tree Fund, 516 Windsor Dr., Lodi 95240.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary.
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