Manuel Herbert “Sugarpine” Jefferson died peacefully on January 28, 2020, at Fresno Community Regional Hospital.
Manuel is survived by his brother Roger Lewis and sister-in-law Connie Lewis of North Fork; his nieces Elouise-Lewis of North Fork, Yvette Mays of Danville, Tiffany Lewis of Danville, CA, great-nephew Preston Roger Orozco of Bend, OR, Nicollette Mays of Danville, CA, brother-in-law Edward Polkenhorn of North Fork, and sister-in-law Imogene Polkenhorn of Washinton.
He is preceded in death by his wife Peggy Jean Polkenhorn, who passed and his daughter Julia, who died in infancy. He is also survived by many cousins.
Manuel “Sugarpine” Jefferson was born on February 20, 1928, in North Fork, to Annie Jackson-Lewis and Antone Jefferson. Manuel lived most of his life in North Fork. Sugarpine began his logging career back in the early 1940s. He was considered a Choker man and Tree Faller, until he received his orders to join the United States Army. When he received his special orders to go overseas to fight in the Korean War he was just 25 years of age. When he was honorably discharged from the Army, he was decorated with several medals. When the Korean war ended, he returned to North Fork to continue his career in logging. He also enjoyed singing and playing his guitar at all types of gatherings.
Graveside funeral services is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the North Fork Cemetery, North Fork, with a reception to follow at the North Fork Rancheria, located at 56900 Kunugib, North Fork. Ron Goode will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Sugarpine’s life. Flowers and condolences may be sent to direct to the Palm Memorial Sierra Chapel, 49269, Road,426, Oakhurst, CA 93644.