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Max Stauffer at the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad - photo courtesy of Greg Haywood

Community Mourns The Loss Of Max Stauffer

FISH CAMP — Friends, family and employees of the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad are mourning the loss of Max Stauffer, who passed away this morning at the age of 69, after a long battle with cancer.

Max was born on June 7, 1947, and was just three years old when his family immigrated to the United States from Switzerland.

He worked for Denver and Betty Peckinpah as a bartender at the Broken Bit while his family was building the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, which he took over operation of nearly 40 years ago.

Max was a long time supporter and member of the Badger Pass Ski Patrol. He also served on the school board in Oakhurst, and as a board member of the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau.

Max was never one to turn down requests for donations from various local organizations, and often made the railroad available for fundraisers for groups such as Make-A-Wish and the Boys and Girls Club.

Max passed away in Arizona, surrounded by friends and family. He was a major part of the mountain community for many decades, and will be deeply missed.

Details of any memorial services will be posted when we receive notification from the family.

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