Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Lester S. Heringer

Les was the last of my dad's surviving brothers. We went to his birthday and anniversary celebration in 2011. During the summer after my sophomore year in college, I worked for two of his sons--Steve and Les, Jr--hauling prunes with a 1949 Peterbilt and a set of doubles.

Lester was born in 1918 and passed away peacefully at his home in Clarksburg at 97 years of age. He worked tirelessly on the farm with his father, uncle, brothers and cousins developing it into a very productive operation. He studied Agronomy at UC Davis and excelled as catcher of the Aggie's baseball team and as quarterback of the football team. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs but shortly enlisted in the U.S. Army serving in WWII, discharging in 1945 as a Major. In 1943 he married his childhood sweetheart Marjorie and they celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary in 2015. They lovingly raised 7 children; Gale (Steve) Brock, Stephen (Donna) Heringer, Cinda (Steve) Muser, Les (Janet) Heringer, Stanley Heringer, Jann Nelson Heringer and Duke Heringer. They have been blessed with 12 grand and 24 great grandchildren. Lester was predeceased by his parents Stephen F. & Mabel Holmes Heringer, and son Stanley. Lester helped organize and provided leadership to many Agricultural organizations including California Tomato Growers Assn., California Canners and Growers, Council of California Growers, Valley Nitrogen Producers, UC Davis Advisory Board and The California Agricultural Leadership Program. A celebration of life memorial service will be held at Clarksburg Community Church on Dec. 12th at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers you may contribute to the Ag related foundation of your choice.

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