Samuel DeVon Hartzell Jr. (Sonny): ‘He loved to laugh and make others laugh’

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Samuel DeVon Hartzell Jr. (Sonny)After fighting a long battle of illnesses; Sonny passed away at St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka, California on September 17th. He was the son of DeVon Hartzell & Bobbie Pogue, born in Garberville, California, living his entire life in the Southern Humboldt area.

He was a highly skilled and avid carpenter trained by his father DeVon, a general contractor, when he was just a teenager. Though never attending architect school, he could draw out blue prints for a home and also additions.

Sonny was the joker, story teller, of the family. He loved to laugh and make others laugh. Sonny‘s laughter was incredibly contagious; he would tell a wild story and everyone in the room would have stomach ache from laughing so much. He will be missed by all that was fortunate enough to know him.

Family was his everything. Sonny is survived by 3 of his 4 children, his son Samuel “DeVon” Hartzell 111 of Willows, CA. Daughters Jenna & Kelsey Hartzell both of Myers Flat, CA. His three sisters Vonai Graham of Garberville, CA., Brenda Carpenter of Weott, CA., and Lisa Wheeler of Redway, CA. Three brothers Georgie Sutherland of Miranda, CA., Rick Sutherland of Fortuna, CA., & Galen Hartzell of Eugene, Oregon. His step siblings Kelli Parker of Alaska, Kent Sanford of Gold Hill, OR., Michael Pogue of Weott, CA., James Pogue of Myers Flat, CA. Three grandchildren, grandson Ryder Robinson of Myers Flat, CA., grand daughters Lillian & Sunny Hartzell of Willows, CA. He also leaves behind his step-father George Sutherland of Rio Dell; many Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, & friends that will forever miss him.

Sonny was preceded in death by his parents DeVon Hartzell & Bobbie Pogue, and his son Sean Duane Hartzell.

A Graveside service was held Saturday, September 22nd at the Garberville Cemetery at 1 PM, where he was laid to rest by both his parents. His Pall bearers are his son DeVon Hartzell, brothers Rick Sutherland, Georgie Sutherland, and Galen Hartzell, brother in law RC Carpenter, cousins Rich Jones & Denny Parker, and step-dad George Sutherland.

A potluck celebration of life was held immediately following at Firehall in Phillipsville, California. 



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