WATSONVILLE — Mike “Stubby” Stubblefield died Saturday, April 7, 2012. He was 64.
After graduating from Watsonville High School in 1965 and serving a short stint in the US Navy, Mr. Stubblefield began serving his passion of umpiring baseball which lasted over 30 years. In particular, his love of umpiring was with Little League Baseball. Over his career, Mr. Stubblefield had the good fortune of umpiring in five out of a possible seven levels of LL World Series play — and is one of perhaps six people in the world to attain that feat. Mr. Stubblefield was also a fan of the Boston Celtics and Green Bay Packers.
The other passion in Mr. Stubblefield’s life was having played the role of Santa Claus for several local families for many years, amongst them the Araiza family of Watsonville, a family for whom he always had fond memories of.
Mr. Stubblefield is survived by his son, James; and brothers, Rick Stubblefield and Lawrence Fletes.
As a long time member of the Elks Lodge, a celebration of Mr. Stubblefield’s life will be held on Friday at the Watsonville Elks Lodge, 121 Martinelli St in Watsonville, at 1 p.m.
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