Herb S. Hammons was born February 9, 1920 to Samuel and Marie Anderson Hammons in Sacramento, California. He passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday, March 9, 2014 after a day with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was known affectionately as Bum Bum or Bums to his grandchildren. Herb was married for 70 years to Alpha White Hammons who preceded him in death two years ago. Herb and Alpha were high school sweethearts at Snohomish High School and married two years after graduation in 1941. Herb was best known for his role in Snohomish baseball. His baseball career began at Snohomish High School. In his senior year he had a batting average of .508 and threw two no-hitters. He was offered a baseball scholarship to the University of Idaho and a professional baseball contract with the Cincinnati Reds. He turned down the contract because it paid $50 a month and he was making $100. Family and friends loved hearing baseball stories about his days playing and coaching the Pilchuckers with some of the great baseball players from the Snohomish community. Herb was a coach and president of the Snohomish Little League for twenty years. In 2000 Herb and his family donated money to Snohomish Little League for the creation of a 90' baseball diamond and for bleachers for the Snohomish High School baseball field. Herb retired in 1976 after managing Snohomish Lumber Company, having a partnership in Snohomish Door and Truss, and developing a personal residential real estate business. Herb and Alpha spent twenty years as snow birds in Arizona after their retirement playing golf. Herb had a handicap of 7 with three holes-in-one. Herb also was a Veteran of Foreign Wars having served in the United States Navy during WWII. Herb "Bums" was a relaxed, easy-going, kind, wise, man with a great sense of humor. He served as the head of his family to the very end. He was always consulted before a major decision was made. His family could count on him any hour of the day. He never judged and gave everyone the benefit of the doubt except for umpires. Herb is survived by his three children: Kim Hammons (Sherri), Cindy Crerand (Ray), and Todd Hammons (Kathy); grandchildren: Britta, Cadi, Alan, Isak, Andrea, Amy, Jack, Jake, Nick, Alyssa, and Ashlyn; and 23 great grandchildren. A special thank you from the family to Gina Talton who made it possible for both Herb and Alpha to remain independent in their home to the end. A celebration of Herb's life will be held on Sunday, March 30, 2014 from 1:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m at Kim and Sherri Hammons home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Snohomish High School Baseball.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) from Mar. 15 to Mar. 16, 2014