Born and raised in Salinas, John “Butch” Massa ’62 attended Palma High School and later graduated from SCU with a B.S. 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 to 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 passed away peacefully Dec. 9, 2017, surrounded by his wife, Ann, of 56 years and loving family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elsie and John Massa, and by his grandson, Nathan Thomas. He is survived by his loving wife, Ann Massa; four children, Pamela (Bardin) Bengard, Toni (Bart) Bonfantini, John (Jodi) Massa, and Susan (Ray) Thomas; 11 grandchildren, Bridget (Chris) Rotticci, Bardin (Stephanie), Sarah, and Christian Bengard, Bart and Barret Bonfantini, Justin, Kyle, and Alicia Massa, and Devin and Stephen Ray Thomas; and three new great-grandchildren, Blair Rotticci and Penelope and Daphne Bengard.

08 Nov 2018