James B. Williams - March 2, 2021
James Benjamin Williams, Cal graduate and long-time Petaluma resident, business owner and llama rancher, died peacefully at the age of 90 on March 2, 2021.
Survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Beula Williams, and his five children, Daniel (Emily), Tom (Caroline), Brian (Lynda), Andy (Shana) and Brenda (Laura), and preceded in death by his mother Emaleen Dickey, and his father Benjamin Williams of Salem Oregon.
An only child, Jim was born and raised in Salem Oregon where he met Beula. Jim was always athletic and never missed an opportunity to ski throughout his life and loved sharing his joy of skiing with his family and friends.
After their marriage in 1950, Jim and Beula moved to Berkeley California where they began their family. Jim worked as a buyer for The Emporium during the early years of their marriage. In 1960, they moved to Petaluma to raise their family and there they started their first women's clothing store in Petaluma, "The Village Shop". The original "Village Shop" grew to four shops in four cities in Sonoma County, plus their fifth shop, "The Calico Cat" in Codding Town. Jim was also active in the Petaluma Rotary for many years and served a term as president.
In 1975, Jim and Beula purchased their first llama and fell in love with the animals. Soon they purchased the old Fowler Ranch in Valley Ford where they lived for 40 years raising and breeding llamas which they sold all over the U.S. as "Big Tree's Llama Ranch".
During the years in Valley Ford, their eleven grandchildren were born and many happy memories created. Jim and Buela began attending the Two Rock Valley Presbyterian Church during this time, where Jim found many ways to serve using his extraordinary people skills. He especially enjoyed starting the tradition of the Ebelskiver breakfast each Mother's Day. In his later years, Jim loved working at Vintage Bank Antiques in the old bank building in downtown Petaluma. No matter where Jim was or what he was doing, Jim loved talking with people.
His friendly manner and kindness endeared him to everyone he met throughout his life. All who were blessed to know Jim will miss his extraordinary personality, thoughtfulness and service to others.
Jim is also survived by his eleven grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
A private service will be held for family at Two Rock Presbyterian Church in the next month. In lieu of flowers, and because they are angels among us, the family asks for donations to Hospice by the Bay, 355 W Napa Street, Suite B, Sonoma, CA. 95476.
Daniel Ernest Russell Milton
FEBRUARY 6, 1939 – JANUARY 4, 2021
Dan Milton was pivotal in the llama community for many years. He donated generously of his time, knowledge and treasures. Dan used to announce at llama shows all over the country. He served on both the Cal-ILA and the LANA boards. Dan was the recipient of the LANA 1999 HummDinger Award and the LANA 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award along with his wife, Marilyn, who survives him. Dan and Marilyn hosted the Hobo Show in Oregon and the Celebration Show and Sale for many years. Dan had a broad reach and a powerful impact on the llama community. He will be missed by many.
Lorraine Grassick - 2021
Terry Butzbach of Skansen’s Llamas passed away due to illness. We wish his loving wife, Maria, our deepest sympathy. Out thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.
Pamela Lee Trauth
March 26, 1953 - July 24, 2019
Pam Trauth, 66, passed away suddenly July 24, 2019, at her home in Christmas Valley, Oregon. Pam was born in Wausau, Wisconsin to Peter and Dolores Borsavage. Pam was a dog groomer for many years but for the last 18 years, she and her husband, John, traveled to many states shearing llamas. She was always active with different interests in 4H, FFA, Junior Rodeo, Reno Rodeo, Cantaloupe Festival, State Fair, dog shows, horse shows and llama shows. After moving to Christmas Valley in 2010 she became an avid hunter and enjoyed getting out in all new surroundings. Pam is survived by her husband of 40 years, John Trauth, her children, Louis Kulick & wife Deb Haines, Peter Kulick & wife Karen, Heidi Trauth Dickie, John T. Trauth & Lyndisi Lynch, and 15 grandchildren. Pam will be missed by everyone in the Llama Community.
11/10/1949 - 8/26/2018
Lora Crawford - April 21, 1941 - May 8, 2017
The Llama community lost a long time llama ranch owner, treasured friend, and camelid advocate on 8 May, 2017, when Lora Crawford passed away. This icon of our community often characterized herself simply as "a seeker of knowledge" despite multiple decades of being an active llama owner/breeder, show exhibitor, organizational leader, mentor, teacher and ALSA judge.
When Lora was introduced to these fuzzy camelid heart stealers years ago, she was like the rest of us - long on llama love and short on knowledge of llama care, training, handling, breeding and showing. As this "seeker of knowledge", she immersed herself in all things llamas. By attending and participating in open ranch programs, clinics, organizational conferences and expos, sales and ALSA shows, Lora steadily built an expansive knowledge base which she generously shared with others through her mentoring, teaching (formally and informally) and her support and encouragement of llama youth.
Lora worked diligently with some of the very first ALSA judges to better understand the nuances of successfully selecting and showing llamas, and acquired her ALSA judging credentials in the process. For decades she was called on to judge ALSA shows all over the country, including the honor of judging at Grand Nationals.
Lora stepped up as an active and supportive member of multiple organizations such as the Alpaca and Llama Show Association, International Llama Association, CAL-ILA, and Llama Association of North America to name a few. Her years of dedicated service, leadership by example, teaching, and mentoring were truly significant and much appreciated as evidenced by the prestigious "Pushmi-Pullyu" Award from the ILA, The Murray Fowler Award from CAL-ILA, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from LANA.
Lora, we will miss you so much.....You have left your legacy in memories and accomplishments everywhere, and they have been firmly and irrevocably woven into the fabric of this Llama Community.
Remember the directions... "Second star to the right and straight on to morning"*.... Isn't that “Bold Venture” and “Sizzling Hot” eating in the lush pasture just on the other side of the rainbow bridge? Your beloved llamas will never leave you... like you will never really leave us.
* Peter Pan directions to Neverland