Bruce Allen Black
April 11, 1952-July 8, 2022

Bruce was a proud Marine Corps veteran who served during Vietnam as a jet mechanic, and loved to share his stories of traveling around the world. He was a fighter all the way to the end.

Bruce was a master carpenter, a very intelligent man who enjoyed fixing anything he could. He loved card games, puzzles, movies, but most especially cutting and polishing rocks with his one working hand. A ‘one-hand operation’ he would say.

We would like to thank Arianna McLennan, his primary caregiver for over five years, who made it possible for Bruce to live with dignity and pass in peace with the best quality of life that could be provided. Arianna saved Bruce on multiple occasions, always looked out for him as family, and went so far above and beyond to be the support our family desperately needed.

Many thanks to the kind, compassionate and patient staff at Timber Ridge, Hospice, PACE, VA, Agapé and Visiting Angels. Particular thanks to Eva, one of Bruce’s best friends and cherished caregivers, Stormy too. Thank you to his neighbors Kari, John, Mike and his mobile home park manager Chelsea, who have looked out for him over the years and helped our family get through everything.

A big thank you to the amazing hospice staff, to Crystal, Kristen, Chaplain Taylor, and most especially Dr Heidemann and Dr McAtee, whom our community are beyond blessed to have. Thank you to Shannon and Frank at Timber Ridge; Cassie, Fitz and the VA Home Health staff; and Rena and Mike from Humboldt County Veterans Service office.

Thank you to Denise O’Gorman and Valerie Casey who helped support our family throughout the years. And a final thank you to our awesome local firefighters who helped Bruce through his diabetic episodes compassionately and without judgement.

Bruce is survived by his sister Dara Zimmerman, and family best friends Sonia and Earl Bates.

Anyone wishing to donate in his memory can help Hospice of Humboldt or a Veterans organization.


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