Captain Stacy Arthur Hamilton
December 7, 1969 – June 8, 2019
The world has been sadly altered by the loss of Stacy Arthur Hamilton’s generous nature and kind heart. After succumbing to injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in Merced, California, Stacy died in the early hours on June 8, 2019.
Stacy was Born on December 7, 1969 in Redding, California to Monika and George Hamilton. He was a supportive and loving son who remained close with his parents throughout his life. A Sierra High School graduate, Stacy began his career in the United States Forest Service in 1993. Stacy worked hard and moved his way from serving with the On-Call Handcrew, to being detailed to the Redding Hotshots, to ultimately becoming the Heli Attack Captain out of Trimmer Station from 2000-2007. At this point Stacy moved to work for Cal Fire as a Fire Captain. He eventually was assigned to the Columbia Air Attack Base where, for the last nine years, he worked as an Air Tactical Group Supervisor.
Although Stacy committed his life to the heroic work of fighting fire, his greatest achievement continues to live on in his sons, Ian, 18, and Logan,15. The pride Stacy felt in his children surpassed the many accomplishments he attained in his life, and defined who Stacy was as a man.
In addition to being a devoted father, Stacy was best known for his love of skiing. Stacy shared this love with his wife, Katie. Stacy and Katie spent the first decade of their relationship skiing around the world, including several seasons in New Zealand, and an eventual wedding ceremony on a ski slope in Canada. Once he became a father, and they chose to return to Stacy’s home town to raise their children, it was inevitable that one of Stacy’s favorite things would become the annual ski trips he took with his wife, his sons, and his sons’ childhood friends. For many of these friends, Stacy would become a mentor, a role model, a father figure. These annual ski trips will be greatly missed by all, but will always be remembered for the impact Stacy made on the lives of those fortunate enough to have raced down the slopes by his side.
Stacy is survived by his parents, George and Monika Hamilton; his wife, Katie Hamilton; his children, Ian and Logan Hamilton; his brother and sister-in-law, Andy and Mary Kaiser; his sister-in-law Julie Orlando-Bagunu and her husband Moe Bagunu; numerous loving family members.
A gofundme account has been set up for the family to assist them through this difficult transition. It can be found by searching “Stacy Hamilton.” The link is: www.gf./u/tc9v3p
A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 17, at Clovis Hills Community Church, 10590 North Willow Avenue, Clovis, CA 93619.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.boicefuneralhome.com for the Hamilton family.
- Katie Hamilton, Wife
- Ian Hamilton, Son
- Logan Auberry, Son
- George Hamilton, Father
- Monika Hamilton, Mother
- Andy Kaiser, Brother
- Mary Kaiser, Sister-in-law
- Stacy also leaves behind his many nieces and nephews to cherish his memory.
- CDF Firefighters Benevolent Foundation
- Celebration of Life Service Monday, June 17, 2019
Captain Stacy Arthur Hamilton
June 14, 2019
I was hired with CalFire as a helicopter pilot in 2013. I met Stacy early on at training events and on fires. Stacy always stood out to me as one of the good ones. In the fire service as female you come across so many personalities in the department. Stacy was always good to me and very genuine. Although I did not work with him directly and the times I ran into him over my six years at Calfire he left an impression I will never forget. I recently moved on from Calfire to another department and spent my last day on shift flying with Stacy as he came to our base to senior my crew. He made us all laugh and feel at ease with the mission. His energy and attitude was contagious. I remember saying I wished he was a captain on my helicopter. When I heard of the news of Stacy’s death I was heartbroken and I cried in pain and shock for his family, friends, and all who enjoyed working with him. He truly will be missed by so many. My heart goes out to his family and close friends as I know the pain of losing a loved one. I pray for his family to ease their pain and I wanted them know how much he was loved by so many of us who had the privilege to work with him. My last day on shift I took this photo of us flying. This was taken June 4th.
My sincerest condolences,