Robert “Bob” Howard Dees, 55, passed away from cancer on January 20, 2019, surrounded by his family. Bob was born on December 14, 1963 in Vallejo, CA to Howard and Janice (Humiston) Dees.
Bob was a lifelong resident of Galt, a city of which he was both very involved and very proud. He attended Galt area public schools that include: Fairsite Elementary, Valley Oaks, Galt Middle School, and Galt High School. He continued his education at California State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly-SLO) where he graduated with a degree in food science. He began working as a U.S.D.A Meat Inspector. Subsequently, Bob returned home to work at his family's business, Dees Meat, and continued there for the next twenty-four years.
Bob joined the Masonic Lodge in Courtland, CA in the late in 1980s, and he was honored with the Hiram Award October 4, 2003. He later joined the Woodbridge Masonic Lodge after the Courtland Masonic Lodge was consolidated. Bob next joined the Ben Ali Shriners in Sacramento and was a very active member until his death. He served as President of the Wrecking Crew in Ben Ali. He also was a member of the Scottish Rite in Sacramento where he served on the board for the Sacramento Childhood Language Center. Bob was introduced to the Rainbow Girls Organization, when his daughter, Erien, joined at age 11. Bob served on the board of the Camellia Assembly of Sacramento and Cloud 7 Assembly of Woodbridge. Bob was the proud recipient of the Grand Cross-the highest honor in Rainbow for his continued support and encouragement of the many girls he helped. Through countless donations and fundraisers, Bob supported and encouraged all Masonic Youth Organizations.
Bob committed his life to serving his community in many different roles that include: the Galt Chamber of Commerce, the Parks and Recreation Board, the South County Services Board, the Galt Planning Commission, and as a volunteer Fire Fighter with the Galt Fire District. His passion was supporting the Galt and Liberty Ranch FFA programs. Bob held every title in the California Association of Meat Processors and proudly served on the board of the American Association of Meat Processors. In both organizations Bob won many awards and accolades for the various products he created.
Bob enjoyed talking to just about everyone about everything. It seems he knew someone for anything that you could encounter in life. He loved shooting sporting clays and hunting at Camanche Hills Hunting Preserve with his son, his friends, and his dog, Sage. He was an enthusiastic quad-rider who especially enjoyed riding while camping with his family in Truckee, CA. Bob enjoyed scuba diving and the traveling to the unique places that diving took him. His favorite sports team was the San Francisco Giants and he enjoyed going to watch many games. He loved to play video games-and, especially, trash-talk his friends while playing! Bob enjoyed attending his children's various sporting events. Since he was a young child, Bob attended dog shows-a passion that continued into his adulthood.
Bob is survived by his parents, Howard and Janice Dees; his wife, Claudia Dees; children Melissa, Erien and Robert A. Dees; brother Bill (Kathie) Dees of Arkansas; Clifton “Junior” of Vallejo; cousins, Chuck Nicolai, also of Vallejo, John (Wendy) Dees of Vacaville, Kathy (Don) Parks of Kansas, and Tina Kuntz of Isleton; life-long friends Bob (Jennifer) Gross of Galt, Greg (Shanna) Long of Corning, Eric Maxey of Isleton, Sam (Michelle) Cannon of Roseville, Russ (Kim) Rasmussen of Dixon, Russell Johnson of Sacramento, Dan Conners of Hidden Valley Lake, Pete Brown of New Hampshire, and, of course, his very extended Shrine family of friends. Bob was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Clifton and Thelma Dees; maternal grandparents, Glen and Myrtle Humiston; and his Aunt Sharlott MacGowan.
Family and friends are invited to attend his Celebration of Life at the Lodi California Moose Lodge, 3824 Woodbridge Road in Acampo, CA 95220 on January 31, 2019 at 2:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob's name to the Sacramento Childhood Language Center, C/O Sacramento Scottish Rite, 6151 H. Street, Sacramento CA 95819.