Stuart Edell
Stuart Edell
Stuart Edell

Obituary of Stuart Tedford Edell

Stuart Tedford Edell, 69, passed away on June 10, 2022 at his home in Durham, California, following a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease.  Stuart was born August 14, 1952, to Lilian and John “Jack” Edell and was raised in Bishop, California.  He was a member of the Boy Scouts, Troop 86, and achieved Eagle Scout in 1970.  That same year he graduated from Bishop Union High School.   

He attended Sacramento State University and graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering.  He applied those skills when he worked for Butte County Public Works from 1975-2010, becoming the Manager of Land Development Division and Deputy County Surveyor.  He was known for his knowledge, skills, and integrity as well as his dry sense of humor.   

Stuart married Sue Campbell in 1974 and they made their home in Durham, California.  Stuart got to share his love for scouting with son Austin Edell, as a Scout Master for Durham’s Troop 16 and was an advisor who helped take three Durham scouts to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.   

If any friend or family was in need of help for an event or project, Stuart would be there - not only with his cheerful, helpful self, but also more tools and knowledge than the job required.  He enjoyed tinkering in his shop where he could design, build, or repair almost anything.  He helped Sue transform their home and yard into a beautiful, welcoming haven.   

Remembered by extended family and friends as a smart, gentle, easy going, and funny man, he was dedicated to those he loved.  In return, he was loved deeply, greatly admired, and considered a true friend.  He enjoyed golfing, travel, and laughing with family and friends.   

He is survived by wife of 48 years Sue Edell and children Austin (Lauren) Edell and Alyssa (Ryan) Manes, as well as six grandchildren: Hannah, Elias, and Jack Edell and James, Lily, and Hope Manes.   

An open house Oktoberfest celebration of life is being planned for October 15, 2022.   

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Passages, The Peg Taylor Center, or the Music Therapy Impact Fund c/o the North Valley Community Foundation. 

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