62, noted interior designer, passed away in San Francisco on July 16 after a long illness. He was the owner and principal designer of Jonathan Straley Designs.
Mr. Straley graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Art History. After working several years for the Delaware Art Museum, he went to California to study Landscape Architecture at the University of California/Berkeley. While a student at UCB, he worked as an exhibition installer for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and subsequently served on the SFMOMA staff from 1978-81. Mr. Straley joined John Wheatman and Associates as a designer in 1982, and in 1996 established his own firm. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Straley worked as lead and principal interior designer with Alamosa Design, a Bay Area architectural firm. His commitment to the fine arts led him to serve on the Board of Directors for the Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art at SFMOMA, uniting young collectors with emerging artists.
Mr. Straley collaborated on the interior design of residences in California, Washington, Minnesota, New Mexico, Idaho, Texas and Mexico. His work was featured in many publications including the San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Chronicle, Home and Garden, Interior Design and House Beautiful.
Mr. Straley, a lifelong bachelor, was the youngest son of George Robert Straley and Amelia Scott Straley Hubbard, both deceased, of Wilmington Delaware. Jonathan Straley was greatly loved and will be missed by his sister and brother-in-law, Lee Straley and Daniel Hubert, his brother and sister-in-law, Christian and Linda Straley, his brother and sister-in-law Stephen and Kathleen Straley, his two nieces, Elizabeth Straley and Emily Straley, his colleagues and many true friends.
A memorial for Jonathan will be held this fall; details will be forthcoming. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Jonathan Straley to Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco.
Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Jul. 21 to Jul. 23, 2014.