Obituary of Jon “Chris” Sutton PA

Jon “Chris” Sutton PA 1969 – 2022

Saint Cloud, MN—Services celebrating the life of Jon C. Sutton, 53 of Saint Cloud, will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 321 S. 7th St., Springfield, IL 62701 on Sunday, June 26, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. midnight. Chris passed away peacefully at his home on May 19, 2022. Arrangements are being made by Miller-Carlin Funeral Home. A link to the live service will be posted on the funeral home’s Facebook page and website.

Chris was born on January 19, 1969 in Springfield, IL to Fenner “Pete” Sutton and Julia (Stanko) Sutton. Chris grew up in a medical family and said that since he was a kid all he wanted to do was “help people” and help the people he was doing! After graduating from high school from Griffin High School in Springfield, IL, her medical career began working at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL. as an anesthesia technician then, ROBI (Regional Organ Bank of Illinois) procuring organs and tissues for transplantation from 1996 to 2001, performing over 900 cases benefiting over 40,000 people. In 1999, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Illinois at Springfield, IL, then headed to Buffalo, NY. There he graduated from the State University of New York’s Physician Assistant Program on August 22, 2003, where he had been one of 35 applicants accepted out of a total of 3,000. On May 17, 2003, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant from D’Youville University in Buffalo, NY. Chris began his professional career in Duluth, MN as Assistant Chief Medical Officer Cardiothoracic Surgery from 2003-2012 at SMDC, assisting an average of 500 cases per year for nearly ten years. He married Hope Gregg in August 2010, later divorced and moved to St. Cloud, MN, working at St. Cloud Hospital from 2012-2015 performing 200-300 cardiothoracic surgeries per year. Later in 2015, following his own brain surgery for cancer, he began assisting in neurosurgery with the surgeon who operated on him at the Midwest Spine & Brain Institute for a few years. The effects of several chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments and the long-term effects of the surgery prevented him from pursuing a surgical career, so he started working for iSpine Pain Physicians, providing pain management and minimally invasive treatments for patients with chronic pain.

In 2010, Chris was nominated by his colleagues for the Employee of the Year award, followed by the Mission Matters award by his colleagues for his dedication to patient care. He was a two-time recipient of the Golden Token Award for recognizing employee dedication and service beyond the call of duty. Chris has been the subject of numerous articles in the Duluth Clinic newsletter for recognition of patients’ compassion, care and unparalleled service. All of the kind words from his colleagues and the many Get Well cards that have continued to arrive daily over the past two years are also testament to his compassionate care.

Chris has always had a positive outlook on life, very social, compassionate and filled a room with brightness with his smile and sense of humor. He always had a strong faith and belief in God, which continued to blossom throughout his life, showing everyone how blessed he was. Growing up, he enjoyed fishing with his father, participating in Y-Indian guides, baseball, horseback riding and lots of music. He eventually taught himself to play piano, guitar, drums and congas. He was the co-founder of the Screamin’ Vatos, a Santana cover band, Chris even wrote and recorded several songs, singing and playing every instrument. He loved music and photography and spending time with his children. Several years ago, he started roasting his own coffee beans, which became a part-time business, including roasting all the coffee from a local cafe, Cold Press Coffee in Cold Springs, MN. His passion for roasting coffee has made his coffee the best to the point that it roasts almost as much as it works.

Chris’ motivation and inspiration has always been his two beautiful children, Kaylyn and Anthony. They were his world and filled his heart with love and pride. He worked hard to support them and give them the best in life.

He is survived by his two beautiful children, Kaylyn Sutton and Anthony Sutton, his father Fenner “Pete” Norman Sutton, Jr; brothers and sister, Dr. Joseph M (Nancy) Sutton, Champaign, IL; Kathleen M (Steve Wright) Bacon, Glenarm, Ill.; Timothy P. Sutton, Springfield, IL.; and several nieces and nephews.

Chris was predeceased by his mother, Julia A. (Stanko) Sutton in 2017 and his grandparents George and Christine Stanko, Fenner Sr. and Lizzie Sutton.

Posted May 28, 2022

Published in The State Journal-Register

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