Thomas L. (Tom) Bess
July 22, 1934
December 4, 2018

Tom was a dairy rancher for 57 years. He was a former board member of Western United Dairymen, Humboldt Creamery and Cuddeback Elementary School. He was a member of Ferndale Rotary and Ferndale Parlor Native Sons of the Golden West. He especially enjoyed traveling to many parts of the world and playing cards at Poppa Joe’s.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Carol Robertson Bess; his son, Thomas R Bess (Christie); his daughter, Kathleen Esparza; his grandchildren Erik Bess (Kyla), Erin Petty, Jennifer Davies, and Alison Davies; his great-grandchildren Eva, Ana and Carter Bess and Stella and Lola Petty; his sister, Elaine Dillon. He was preceded in death by his parents W.H. and Alice Bess.

The family would like to thank the staff at Brookdale, Fortuna and Hospice of Humboldt for their loving care.

At his request no funeral services will be held. In his memory donations can be made to Hospice of Humboldt 3327 Timber Fall Court, Eureka CA 95503 or a charity of your choice.


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