We are here to serve you.
Call 831-424-0311

John Massa Obituary

John D.
John D. "Butch" Massa

September 6, 1940 - December 9, 2017
Born in Salinas, California
Resided in Salinas, California
  • Contat Us
  • Guestbook
  • Photos
  • Services
  • Flowers

Obituary

John “Butch” Massa, 77, passed away peacefully Saturday evening, December 9th, surrounded by his wife, Ann, of 56 years and loving family. Born and raised in Salinas, he attended Palma High School and later graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science in Business. He passionately dedicated his life to his family and farming in the Salinas Valley.

Butch was well-known as an active member of Salinas Valley agriculture and owned a variety of farming businesses throughout his lifetime. He succeeded his father’s family business, Massa Farms, and then went on to form Comgro, Inc. in 1987 with George Fontes. Additionally, he co-founded Comgro Soil Amendments and Monterey Bay Farms. Butch was actively involved with the Growers Co-op and served as president from 2011-2013.

His passion for agriculture was apparent, but even more obvious was his strength of integrity. Off the farm, he enjoyed spending his time with his family, working on his grand array of road bikes, wine tasting, and of course, touring the Monterey Bay in his Dodge Viper with Ann in the passenger seat.

Butch was preceded in death by his parents, Elsie and John Massa, and by his grandson Nathan Thomas.

Butch is survived by his loving wife, Ann Massa; four children, Pamela (Bardin) Bengard, Toni (Bart) Bonfantini, John (Jodi) Massa, and Susan (Ray) Thomas. He has eleven grandchildren, Bridget (Chris) Rotticci, Bardin (Stephanie), Sarah, and Christian Bengard, Bart and Barret Bonfantini, Justin, Kyle, and Alicia Massa, Devin and Stephen Ray Thomas. He also has three new great grandchildren, Blair Rotticci and Penelope and Daphne Bengard.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 19th, 2017, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 West San Luis Street, Salinas, CA.

Rosary will be held Tuesday, December 19th, 2017, 7:00 PM at the Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 West San Luis Street, Salinas, CA.

Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, December 20th, 2017, 10:00 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 22 Stone Street, Salinas, CA. Reception to follow at Corral de Tierra Country Club, 81 Corral de Tierra Rd., Salinas CA.

Donation can be made in John “Butch” Massa Memory to Palma High School, 919 Iverson Street, Salinas, CA. 93901 Attention: Tracy Jones.

Guestbook

Photos


Services

Visitation
Struve and Laporte Chapel
41 W. San Luis Street
Salinas, California 93901
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
3:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Rosary
Struve and Laporte Chapel
41 W. San Luis Street
Salinas, California 93901
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
7:00 PM
Funeral Mass
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
22 Stone Street
Salinas, CA US 93901
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
10:00 AM

Charities

Palma High School
919 Iverson St.
Salinas, CA US 93901