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Jonathan Ross Sutherland

1946 ~ 2018 (age 72)

Island boy, Jon Sutherland, bid his last aloha to his ohana and his adopted Carmel Valley community on November 29th, at the age of 72, as a result of heart failure. He passed away peacefully, wearing a ginger lei, lulled by tunes of the Brothers Cazimero, and with his beloved wife Mary & his two daughters by his side.
Born in Honolulu, Hawai`i on February 5, 1946 to Muriel & Ross Sutherland, Jon was a 1964 Punahou School graduate and loyal member of Whittier College's class of '68. A lifelong athlete, Jon was a joyful & playfully competitive sportsman. He played football, baseball, volleyball, tennis, and golf up through college and beyond. From surfing to skiing, there simply wasn't a sport he didn't love or excel in! Above all was Jon's passion for outrigger canoe paddling and horseback riding. He started riding a horse at age 6 and was in the water with Fred Hemmings by age 10. Both were lifelong pleasures for him. In Hawai`i, he was a member of the Outrigger Canoe Club until his death & Wai`alae Country Club for 40 years. He paddled and later coached at Outrigger for 25 years and was on the winning crew to cross the Moloka`i Channel in 1968. Jon enjoyed playing golf & tennis at Wai`alae and was also the Club Champion. 
Inheriting his father's love of haberdashery & fine taste in clothing, Jon owned & managed the Ross Sutherland Store in Honolulu for many years. He later practiced real estate in Hawaii & Carmel Valley, California for over 30 years. 
Jon's greatest gift, as all who knew & loved him appreciated, was as social organizer. His pleasure in planning & executing occasions of all sorts was legendary! He shared his love of life, his generous heart, his sweet disposition, and his enjoyment of friends & family—not to mention his rascally twinkle—far and wide. Jon & Mary were married in 2000 and moved to Carmel Valley, CA with their horses & doggies in 2001. His magnetism for friendship ensured that they were immediately embraced by the community. Jon, of course, became a local social director. He relished the camaraderie of the "Bocce Boys", a group of men devoted to bocce, making wine, and the high art of telling tales. What fun they had! He loved riding horses, playing golf at Carmel Valley Ranch, the fellowship of his Carmel community, and traveling to Hawai`i annually to visit with dear family & friends. Gone, but never forgotten . . . may he rest in love.
A descendant of James & Abigail Campbell, Jon is survived by his wife Mary, his daughter Tiffany, her husband Jebb, and their children Emalia, Charles & Jackson of Windham, NH and his daughter Starr, her husband Paul, and their daughters Ella & Sofia of Kamuela, HI. Survivors also include his brother Robert "Lindy" (Cherry-Anne) Sutherland, his sister Alicia "Auwe" Morris, numerous nieces & nephews, extended family & a host of long-time friends. In addition to his parents, Jon was pre-deceased by his daughter, Blair Sutherland, and his brother, Fred Trotter, III. Celebrations of his life will be private and held in Honolulu & Carmel Valley. 
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to:
The James and Abigail Campbell Family Foundation
James Campbell Building, Suite 200
1001 Kamokila Blvd
Kapolei, HI 96707 or
Montage Health Foundation
Attn: Cancer Center
40 Ryan Court, Suite 200
Monterey, CA 93940
Or a charity of your choice
 

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