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Robert James Alderson


11/19/1929 - 04/27/2014 Obituary
Robert James Alderson Obituary
Robert James Alderson of Santa Barbara, California; born November 19, 1929 in Long Beach, California; died Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the age of 84 surrounded by family.
Bob is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jacquie, their three children, and their children's spouses: Glenn and Nancy Alderson of Bakersfield, Calif., Julie and Bill Brown of Ventura, Calif., and Tim and Tracy Alderson of Pasadena, Calif. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The third of four children of James and Clarissa Alderson, Bob grew up on the family farm in Artesia, California. He graduated from Excelsior High School in Norwalk in 1947, where he played basketball for four years. He studied agronomy at the University of California at Davis then spent two years in the U.S. Army including combat duty in Korea. Following military service, Bob returned to the family farm and, in 1955, married Jacqulin Beane.
A lifelong farmer, Bob produced more than 40 different kinds of crops during his career including vegetables, tree fruits and nuts, grapes, grains, and cotton. After several years of farming alongside his dad and brother in Artesia, Anaheim, and Buena Park, in 1958 Bob, with Jacquie and their toddler Glenn in tow, moved to Salinas to begin his own vegetable growing operation. While living in Salinas, Bob and Jacquie gave birth to a daughter, Julie, and son, Tim. In 1965, the family of five transplanted to Hawaii where Bob became the general manager of North Shore Farms in Kahuku. There he developed and managed the first full-scale commercial production of vegetable crops in Hawaii on 2,500 acres of Oahu's North Shore, introducing the now infamous "Kahuku Corn." Between 1967 and 1980, Bob held senior management posts at Bruce Church Co., Southdown-McCarthy Farms, Progressive Farms, Superior Farming Company, and CalPlans Farms - major companies with wide-ranging farming interests throughout California and Hawaii. In 1980 his career came full circle when he again became an independent grower on a 1,000-acre ranch in California's Cuyama Valley. In 1995, after four years of research and development, Bob co-founded AgriGator, Inc. in Bakersfield, California with his son Tim where they produced an innovative line of soil amendments sold throughout the western U.S. and Mexico. Bob retired from AgriGator in 2008 and in 2010, he and Jacquie moved to Santa Barbara.
Bob's personal faith was his guiding light. He and Jacquie were instrumental in founding new churches in many of the places where they lived including in Honolulu and Pearl City, Hawaii, and in Salinas, Kerman, and Bakersfield, California.
A public memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, at Calvary Bible Church, 48 Manor St., Bakersfield, California. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to the .
Published in Bakersfield Californian on May 7, 2014
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