Stoney Harrison Savage Sr. died unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at his home in Visalia. He was 74.
Stoney was born in Porterville on June 12, 1941, to Kenneth Milton Savage and Myrtle (Barton) Savage. He was descended from the pioneer Savage and Barton families of Three Rivers.
Stoney was raised and educated in Three Rivers and graduated from Woodlake High School in 1959. He continued his education at College of the Sequoias in Visalia and received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Fresno State University in 1963.
He met Susan Evelyn Mackay in Mineral King. On June 20, 1964, they were married in Visalia. Stoney and Sue lived for a year in Santa Monica where he worked in the aerospace industry. They then moved to Visalia to make their home and raise their children, Stoney Jr. and Evonne.
Stoney worked at the County of Tulare Department of Social Services for 22 years and served as assistant director before retiring. Following his retirement he attended Reedley Community College where he received his degree in Aircraft Maintenance, after which he worked at Mefford Field in Tulare for several years.
Stoney was a member of the Sierra Traditional Jazz Club where he served as vice president, as well as the editor of the club’s newsletter. He was also a member of the Sequoia Lions Club, West Visalia Kiwanis Club, Mineral King Preservation Society, and was on the board of directors of the Mineral King District Association.
Stoney enjoyed traveling, going on cruises with Sierra Traditional Jazz Club, spending as much time as possible at the family cabin in Mineral King, and his cats. He was extremely interested in World War II history and had great respect for the men and women who served.
Stoney’s greatest joy in life was his family and working with and teaching his grandson, Stoney J. He especially enjoyed attending school activities to watch his grandchildren, Stoney J. and Sienna, perform and participate. Stoney was always willing to give advice and assistance whenever needed.
Stoney is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sue Savage of Visalia; his children, Stoney Savage Jr. and wife Shirley of Visalia and Evonne Goodwin and husband Ron of Visalia; grandson Stoney J. Savage of Visalia; granddaughter Sienna Savage of Visalia; step-grandchildren Christine Martinez of Chula Vista, Eric Crisanto of Visalia, and Lynita Crisanto of Visalia; seven great-grandchildren; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Carol Savage of Three Rivers, Helen Savage of Visalia, Dave and Judy Halstead of San Jose, and Mel and Marian Bennett of Manderson, Wyo.; many nieces and nephews; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews; and extended family.
Stoney was preceded in death by his parents and his two older brothers, Kenneth Milton Savage Jr. and William Merritt Savage.
Visitation was held Thursday, July 2, at Miller Memorial Chapel in Visalia.
A funeral service will be held today (Friday, July 3) at 10 a.m. at Miller Memorial Chapel, 1120 W. Goshen Ave., Visalia, with a reception to follow. Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Three Rivers Public Cemetery. Please feel free to wear cool and casual attire as this is what Stoney always liked.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Visalia Rescue Mission, the Wounded Warriors Project (support.woundedwarriorproject.org/wwp), or to the donor’s favorite charity.