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Obituary for Joe F. Stafford

Joe Stafford of Plumas Lake, California, passed away at home on July 1st after a yearlong battle with cancer, he was 69. He was born December 8, 1947 in Los Angeles, California and graduated from Long Beach Jordan High School in 1967.
Joe began working as a teenager at a local print shop and moved on to become a journeyman pipefitter and member of the Steamfitters and Pipefitters Local 250 for many years. He followed his passion of photography and worked for Canon fixing camera equipment and finally, he retired from the City of Anaheim in 2014 after a thirteen-year career in the public utilities department.
Through his years in southern California Joe enjoyed many hobbies. He played softball for many years and was on numerous bowling teams. He had a passion for photography with Yosemite as his favorite destination. He enjoyed woodworking in his spare time and was a member of the Orange County Scrollsaw Association. He could often be found racing his slot cars at the Buena Park Raceway or tinkering with N-scale model trains at home.
Joe moved to Plumas Lake in 2014 with the hope of enjoying his retirement with a fresh sta¬rt in northern California. He achieved his ham radio license and became a member of the Yuba-Sutter Amateur Radio Club. He was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Marysville where he volunteered for the Food Shelf. He especially enjoyed the Yuba-Sutter landscape, learning about the deep ties to agriculture, and the local history. Although Joe did not have the opportunity to fully enjoy the Yuba-Sutter community he will be missed by those who had the opportunity to get to know him.
Joe was preceded in death by his sister, Sue Karen (1960), father Floyd (1977), and mother Delma (1994). He is survived by his daughters Rhonda Wallace (Doug) of Murrieta and Sheryle Stafford of Plumas Lake; grandsons Michael of Columbia, MD and Ryan serving aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Munro out of Kodiak, AK; and great granddaughter Mia Wallace. Joe’s last wish was to see his dogs and he is survived in that manner by Blu and Max. Memorial services will be held August 5th at 11 AM at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Marysville, CA. In lieu of flowers consider making a donation in his memory to American Brittany Rescue, the Yosemite Conservancy, or a local charity of your choice.


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