It is with great sadness that we report the sudden passing of our beloved James Stephen Stutsman on Dec. 12, 2015 at a young age of 51. Born at Mercy Hospital in San Mateo on Aug. 3, 1964, he was also known as Jim or Jimmy to his family and friends. He was a former May Day King during his elementary years in Woodside, where he resided until he was 18 years old, attending schools from nursery to high school (Woodside High.) He took courses at College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State University to study music.
After college, he spent his adult years in Eureka playing music, which he started in high school. His tenure in the musical industry made him one of the VERY BEST bass players and vocalists in Humboldt County all the way through parts of Oregon. He was loved by everyone not just because of his music but also for his smile and his kind and giving personality; he was always ready to give someone a helping hand when needed.
He was predeceased by his older brother Wayne at a very early age, followed by his sister Lara Van Dongen in 2012, and then his parents Connie and Dr. Edward Barthold in early 2014. James is survived by his sisters Christine Ryland, Leslie Stepp and Holly Sichel; his brothers Gordon Ringold and Jeff Ringold; nieces, nephews and grandniece (Elin Rose) whom he was looking forward to meet someday; his “big brother” Marvin Holtzberg, and his fiancée Liza Enriquez. He also had many friends who loved him just as much; when he was away from his family his long list of friends in his hometown of Eureka – primarily Bruce Briscoe, Darrla Paquin, Don Wilson and Shannon Warner – were very close to him and were his family too. We will dearly miss him and his love and compassion as our hearts heal from the loss of an amazing person we loved.
Upon his request, there will be no funeral services. A Celebration of James Stutsman's Life will be held, but a date and time has yet to be announced.
Donations to his couple of charities are available if you wish to contribute.
2) The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, www.elephants.com