PUFFER, Jr., Herbert Charles
May 30, 1925 - Dec. 6, 2012
Herb passed away peacefully at home in Folsom, the town of his birth. He is survived by his daughter Kathe Puffer and her husband Gregory Hittleman; sister Margaret Voorhees of New Mexico; nieces Leslie Anne, Lauren and nephew Mark Voorhees. He was predeceased by beloved wife, Peggy Jean and their son Courtney Charles.
Herb grew up on Persifer Street in Folsom's Historic District. The Puffer family has a long linage that goes to the earliest settling of this region. During his high school years he worked for Folsom's historic newspaper, The Telegraph. He often accompanied Hazel McFarland (part of the then Telegraph Newspaper family) on assignments and was encouraged to complete a journalistic program though UC Berkeley; afterwards, he went on to serve in the Navy during the Korean War. Herb developed a deep appreciation of culture and the arts. He was a lover of opera, classical music, and a lifelong Sierra Club member. He became a consummate expert of Native American Art. In 1971 Herb and Peggy started their business, Pacific Western Traders, which showcased every medium of Native American Art, including poetry, jewelry, paintings, sculpture, musical instruments, baskets, blankets, books and recordings. In 2011 Herb celebrated the 40th anniversary of Pacific Western Traders. Located in the Historic Distric of Folsom (where Herb grew up), Pacific Western Traders remains one of the best arrayed displays and often live demonstrations of established top Native American artists' work in California. His daughter Kathe and son-in-law Greg carry on Herb's legacy by continuing the business as a living tribute to the Native American Arts.
A small private service was held for Herb Puffer in Newcastle on January 31st. A 4-DAY TRIBUTE will be held for him at Pacific Western Trader (916-985-3851), 305 Wool Street, Folsom (right above Snooks), from Thursday, March 1 through Monday, March 4, 2013, from 10am-5pm, daily. An outstanding tribute video will be playing for all to see throughout this time period and refreshments offered. All are encouraged and welcome to spend some time in a place that was most certainly Herb's home away from home. For those of you who knew Herb, please take this opportunity to come, possibly share a story, or just appreciate the gifts he left behind, and the fine man he was.
The family and friends of Herb will miss him very much. We will see you when we get there.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Feb. 27, 2013