James M. Stoner|
May 20, 1941 - May 29, 2013
Resident of Sonoita, Az
James Martin Stoner, 72, of Sonoita, Az, died May 29, 2013 in Tucson, Az with his sons, daughter, grandson and closest friends at his bedside. He was born to the late Edward and Marie Stoner on May 20, 1941 in San Francisco.
After graduating from Serra High School in San Mateo, he went on to serve in the U.S. Navy as a Yeoman aboard the USS Hancock. While working for the Campbell Police Dept., he received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from SJSU. He honorably retired from Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety where he served from 1981 to 1993 rising to the rank of Lieutenant. Jim raised his family in San Jose, Ca before relocating to Sonoita, Az after retirement.
In retirement, he enjoyed working as a private investigator, participating in rodeos, caring for his horses, riding his Harley Davidson, and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-granddaughter.
The conviction and love he had for his family was evident in every family gathering. His love, gave him strength to travel many hours on his motorcycle from Az to Ca for celebrations like baptisms, birthdays, births, graduations, weddings and every achievement or milestone in the lives of his children. Jim loved his horses, Stoney Bay, Chappo, Tok, John Henry, Mr. L and the late Red and Nosey.
The warmth of his heart engulfed a room and his smile could put us at ease. His voice soothed our sorrows and awakened our souls. "A special heart, from the very start."
James Martin Stoner is survived by his five children James Stoner Jr., Elizabeth, Jeffery, Scott, Michael and their spouses as well as two step children Steven and Nicole and 14 grandchildren, and a great granddaughter. Our love, Our Lieutenant, Our Dad, Our Grandfather, Our hero.
"The sun will no longer be your light, for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and God will be your glory, and your days of sorrow will end." (Isaiah 60:19).
A viewing will be held on Thursday, June 6th from 10:00am to 9pm with a rosary at 7pm in Oak Hill's Chapel of the Oaks. Funeral Mass will be at Holy Family Parish 11:00am, 4848 Pearl Ave, San Jose, CA 95136 with a burial to follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Equine Voices Rescue and Sanctuary, www.equinevoices.org.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on June 5, 2013