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Jack Willson Sr.

Graveside services for Jack Harris Willson Sr. of Grass Valley will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Gridley-Biggs District Cemetery in Gridley.

Mr. Willson died Saturday, Feb. 19, at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. He was 90.

He was born Oct. 16, 1914, in Bashaw, Alberta, Canada. He had been a resident of Grass Valley for the past 17 years. He was a long-time resident of Richvale and had been Executive Vice President of the Butte County Rice Growers Association for many years, retiring in 1977. He served on various State of California Committees including the Agriculture Advisory Committee for Weights and Measures, and the Air Resource and Industrial Safety Board. He also co-authored and edited “Rice In California.”

He is survived by his second wife of 17 years, Vesta Avis Willson of Grass Valley; daughters and sons-in-law Marionna and Duane Hatfield of Vancouver, Wash., and Marlene and Phil Sanders of San Felipe, Mexico; sons and daughters-in-law Jack H. and Linda Willson Jr. of Oroville, and James and Ruth Willson of Placerville; sister, June Battin of Yuba City; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 52 years, Bernice “Bee” Willson in 1987; and five brothers and sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Mount Lassen Camp, P.O. Box 56, Mineral 96063.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Gridley-Block Funeral Chapel.

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