John L. Massa(1916 - 2013)


John L. Massa

John L. Massa, 96, a native of Salinas, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. He was born into the farming family of Italian immigrants, Domenico G. and Adalgisa Massa, on July 28, 1916, in Salinas.

A farmer, who lived his life of 96 years in Salinas, he was the third of four children. A man beloved by all that knew him. He saw vegetable farming grow from horse tilled "gardens" to large acres farmed by cab enclosed, air conditioned, equipment that would not have been imaginable to a young boy. A transformation of the Salinas Valley and Monterey in his lifetime. He embraced life with a soft touch and an appreciation of all around him. Much more a giver than a taker. A man who appreciated fine art and music and the embrace of his extended family. He will be missed, and yet all are happy he is at peace.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie; brother, Bill; sisters, Alma and Rose; and great-grandson, Nathan.

He is survived by his sons, John and Derck; and daughter, Mary; nicknamed Butch, Buck and Chickie. Their spouses, Ann Marie Massa, Pat Smith, and John MacLeod; grandfather of Pamela (Bardin) Bengard, Toni (Bart) Bonfantini, John C (Jodi) Massa, and Susan (Ray) Thomas, Annie Massa-MacLeod, and Elizabeth Massa-Macleod (Derek Oldham), Max Massa and Sarah Massa (Zach Fenstrom); great-grandchildren, Bridget, Bardin, Sarah, and Christian Bengard, Bart and Barret Bonfantini, Justin, Kyle, and Alicia Massa, and Devin and Stephen Thomas; numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Friday, May 24, 2013 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 West San Luis St., Salinas, CA 93901.

Rosary will be held Friday, May 24, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., at the Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 West San Luis Street, Salinas, CA 93901.

Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, May 25, 2013, at 10:30 a.m., at the St Joseph's Church, 1 Railroad Ave., Spreckels.

Entombment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 18200 Damian Way, Salinas, CA 93907.

Funeral arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home. Online condolences to

Funeral Home

Struve and Laporte Funeral Chapel
41 West San Luis Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 424-0311

Published in The Salinas Californian from May 18 to May 23, 2013