Jeffrey W. Craft “Sonny”

Jeffrey W. Craft “Sonny”

December 1964 ~ April 2021

Jeff passed away at Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson, CA after a long battle with pneumonia, COPD and emphysema.  He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry H. Craft and his brother Johnny Craft both of Turlock, CA.  He is survived by his mother, Joanne Craft of Turlock, sisters Jeriann Hook of Sacramento, CA and Jill (Bryan) Hunt of Turlock, CA, 5 nieces, 2 nephews and 14 great nieces and nephews.

While Jeff had no legal birth children, he had one, Chris Ohman, he considered and loved as a son.  Jeff was immensely proud of Chris. He dreamed often of living close enough to build and strengthen their relationship.

Jeff grew up in Gustine, CA.  He moved around a bit after high school while working as a truck driver until finally settling in the Sonora/Jamestown area.  He made his mother proud when he attended college classes at Columbia College in the field of mental health and suicide prevention. He received a certificate thereby allowing him to man a crisis hotline. He also so admired the work his Uncle Jim did with the American Red Cross that he too followed in his footsteps and volunteered with the Sonora chapter.

He was adventurous from an early age. He loved camping and backpacking with his dad and brother, John.  He also loved attending air shows with his dad. As a child, being the youngest, he was always the one playing jokes, teasing, entertaining and making his siblings laugh.

Jeff was a little rough around the edges but he so loved his family. And in his final hours, we believe God met him where he was and carried him home.

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers can be made in his memory to American Red Cross of Sonora at https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation.html/.

No services will be held at this time.

5 Comments

  • Jenelle Guinn April 12, 2021 7:20 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family!

  • Dianne & Ray cox April 15, 2021 2:27 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Dianne & Ray cox April 15, 2021 2:29 pm

    Ray and I are sorry for your loss. We love you all.

  • Lisa Chittim April 25, 2021 9:48 pm

    I met Jeff when I was 9 years old while visiting my grandparents, Chittim family, in Gustine. Jeff was 13yrs.
    Jeff and I became good friends through our young adulthood.
    It was a wonderful reunion to reconnect through social media in our 50’s. We laugh, cry, and travel through a small.plaxe in time.
    Jeff, helped me in my youth, he listened, encouraged and laugh with me.
    A simple act if kindness is all a person needs to survive and keep moving forward.
    Jeff provided that to so many…..
    GODSPEED, my old friend!!
    Until we meet again.

  • Lisa Chittim April 25, 2021 10:03 pm

    I met Jeff when I was 9 years old while visiting my grandparents, Chittim family, in Gustine. Jeff was 13yrs.
    Jeff and I became good friends through our young adulthood.
    It was a wonderful reunion to reconnect through social media in our 50’s. We laugh, cry, and travel through a small.plaxe in time.
    Jeff, helped me in my youth, he listened, encouraged and laugh with me.
    A simple act if kindness is all a person needs to survive and keep moving forward.
    Jeff provided that to so many…..
    GODSPEED, my old friend!!
    Until we meet again.

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