Jon Albert Mitts Jr. was born May 11, 1936 to John and Florence Mitts in Eureka. He passed away peacefully with family at his side May 30, 2023.

Jon graduated from Eureka High School in 1956 and went on to graduate from Humboldt State College in 1958 with a degree in teaching. He then began his 35-year career as an educator. He first began teaching at Jacobs Junior High, then on to Zane Junior High teaching math and history before completing his career as vice principal. After retiring from Zane Junior High he enjoyed substituting as principal at Winship Junior High and Lincoln Elementary when needed. He was incredibly passionate about education and devoted his life to it. Many of his former students would continue to stay in touch with him and take him to lunch to catch up whenever they came to town.

Jon enjoyed staying active in his membership with the CRTA and spending summers and weekends at his summer home in Bridgeville with family and friends.

Jon is preceded in death by his father, John Mitts Sr.; his mother, Florence Mitts; his sister, Joyce Gross; and his cousin and dear friend Don Johnson.

He is survived by his nieces, Teri Gross, Brenda Olson, Melanie Noe and husband Larry; his great-nephews Danny Olson, Steven Gross and wife Jessica; his great-great-nephew and -niece Thacher and Addison Gross.

His family wishes to thank the kind and loving care from the staff at Redwood Memorial Hospital. A very special thank you to Jon’s cousin Linda Hooper for her unwavering support and care to not only Jon but his family as well, we are forever grateful as was Jon.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church on H Street in Eureka on June 7 at 10 a.m.


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