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Thomas A. Rice, 58, of Arboga, CA, passed away suddenly on the farm doing what he loved on January 28, 2018.

Born in Indiana, Tom earned a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Purdue University in 1981 before moving to Santa Rosa, CA, to work for Hewlett-Packard, and as a heavy metal music promoter. He later worked for Agilent Technologies.

Tom married Jeanette, moved to Arboga and began a new career as a farmer in 2002. Together they built Rice River Ranch, which has become a favorite at many local farmers markets. He loved selling "always fresh, always sweet" fruit and developed many close relationships with loyal customers and fellow farmers.

Tom leaves behind his wife, Jeanette; stepson Ryan (Courtney); two grandchildren; and many dear friends.

A Celebration of Tom's life will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 2:30-4:30 at Rice River Ranch. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Sabrina at (530) 764-1223.
Published in Appeal Democrat from Feb. 11 to Feb. 13, 2018
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