Bruce Allan Stone, age 71, passed on January 14, 2022, at his home in Cave Junction, Oregon with loving family and friends at his side. Born on January 23, 1950, in San Rafael, CA. He is survived by his wife Gail Engberg Stone of Cave Junction OR, his son and daughter-in-law Matthew and Finessa Stone of Cave Junction Oregon, his stepson Richard Preston Hibbard of Grants Pass Oregon, and his sisters Sandy Sigmon (George) of North, South Carolina and Marcy Shone (Rocky) from Nicasio ,CA and loving grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Robert E. Stone and mother, Verna J. Stone.
After graduation from Terra Linda High School in 1969 Bruce enlisted in the US Navy. He served in Photo Intelligence and as a courier during the Vietnam War. He received an honorable discharge as a conscientious objector on September 3,1971. After his discharge from the Navy Bruce struggled with PTSD and drug addiction. A lifetime artist, Bruce pursued art education at various colleges on the east and west coast and ultimately earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree with a focus in ceramics. Bruce was a self-employed multimedia artist his entire adult life.
In the 1980's Bruce lived in North San Francisco Bay area and participated in the Renaissance Pleasure Faires and Dickens Christmas Fairs as a craft person. In the early 1990's he met and worked with his future wife, Gail Engberg, on the faire production crew. He continued to pursue his art education and completed a digital arts degree while in sobriety and offered his photo shop services to the community for posters and websites.
Bruce and Gail were married on July 17,1995 in Takilma Oregon, and established residence in Cave Junction, OR on 6.7 acres of undeveloped land on Hayes Cut Off Road. Together with their two boys they homesteaded the acreage living in a single wide mobile home and in 2004 moved into the home they built on their property. Bruce and Gail got involved in the local recovery community and Bruce was proud of his last 21 years of sobriety. Bruce sponsored many men and faithfully answered the hotline for Alcoholic Anonymous. Bruce was a volunteer board member from 2003 to 2006 for Grants Pass Spiritual Living Center.
Bruce was also active in the Illinois River Valley Arts Council (IRVAC), Art walk, and the Southern Oregon Guild. He was a member of Southern Oregon Guild and a guiding light for Illinois River Valley Arts Council (IRVAC) for many years. Since the inception of 2nd Friday Artwalk, his accomplishments ranged from welding the metal ArtWalk signs to being honored as the event's Featured Artist. He designed the metal waves on the Cave Junction City Hall fish sculpture and was IRVAC's longtime event photographer, graphic designer and webmaster. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his name to IRVAC, PO Box 522, CaveJunction , OR,97523.
Bruce Stone's memorial celebration of life will be held April 3, 2022 at an outdoor and catered party at his home, as he requested. We will plant a fig tree in his name. For more information and to RSVP contact Gail Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org .