With the closing of Life & Times and the subsequent decision by MediaNews Group to establish a new publication, he expressed interest in becoming a part of the new venture to Gerry Adolph, publisher of the Times-Standard in Eureka, who spearheaded the project, and successfully landed the publisher's spot.
Stone, a native of Scotia, was raised in Fortuna and attended Humboldt State for a year majoring in radio and television with a minor in business before setting out to make his way in the business world, starting in Santa Rosa where he worked in insurance while attending school. Later he moved to San Diego where he attended San Diego State University studying business management for one year while working for San Diego City Schools. In 1964 he entered the U.S. Army as a Teletype and communications specialist for three years, including a tour and a half of duty in Vietnam assigned to the Military Assistance Command Vietnam as an advisor. He was a member of the Sixth Army Honor Guard and received a commendation from General Westmoreland.
Stone completed his military duty at Fort Ord and remained in the area, working for the City of Monterey for about two years, later working in other positions until taking a job with San Jose-based international chemical company for 12 years, first in the Santa Cruz area and then back to Monterey. During this period he furthered his education in business management at San Jose State University.
“I never dreamed of moving back to the North Coast,” Stone said, “but after talking to a businessman in Fortuna for about two years, he offered to teach me the food business if I would become his chemical specialist. I did that for a couple of years before becoming the general manager of the Humboldt Beacon and Humboldt Printing Company.”
From there, he became general manager of Sequoia Gas, and then moved to Fortuna Motors for 10-plus years, a job he left to take the position with Six Rivers Bank.
Stone's mother still lives in Fortuna with her husband, Sherwin Wiersig. He has four brothers and three sisters, a grown daughter and two grandsons who live outside of Humboldt County. One of his sisters is married to former Humboldt County Superintendent of Schools Louis Bucher, and he is a first cousin of Humboldt County Second District Supervisor Roger Rodoni. “His mother and my mother are sisters,” Stone said, adding that by marriage, he also is related to Stuart Titus, manager of Humboldt County Fair.
Stone's affiliations include Rotary International, having served as president and board member of the Rotary Clubs in Fortuna and Garberville; the American Legion; Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, of which he is a past board member and current committee member; Native Sons of the Golden West, and Ducks Unlimited.
He is a past member of the Fortuna Parks and Recreation Commission, past president of the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce, a former umpire for Fortuna Little League and Babe Ruth League; past co-chairman and current committee member of the Humboldt State University Athletic Committee, of which he has been a member for 11 years; and past board member of the Redwood Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Stone serves on the board of the Garberville/Redway Area Chamber of Commerce, and is vice president of the Garberville Rodeo Association.
During his leisure time, Stone enjoys sports.
“I received my nickname when I was born,” Stone explained. “My father was a career Navy man who served on a destroyer in the Pacific. The announcement of my birth went out with a picture of a kid in a sailor outfit on the front. Inside it said, We have a new little skipper around.'”