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Stephen Hiram Flood Jr.

June 13, 1922January 24, 2013

Stephen Hiram Flood Jr. Stephen "Steve" Hiram Flood Jr. passed away in Yuma, Arizona on Thursday, January 24, 2013. He was born in Yuma to Stephen Hiram Flood and Ruth Cramer Flood on June 23, 1922. His attendance at Arizona State University was interrupted by World War II, when he became an U.S. Army Air Force pilot, flying P-38's. After the war, he returned to Tempe and received a degree in Business Administration. He married Alma Giacoma in July 1948 and moved to the Yuma Mesa where he had drawn a homestead. In the early 1960s, he became interested in the Medjool date after this variety of date was introduced into the Bard Valley. Farming was embedded in his soul. At 89 years of age, at his family's urging, he finally retired from farming his Gaymar Medjool Date Gardens. Steve believed in giving back to his community. He was an active member of the local Farm Bureau, the Yuma County Fair Board, the Assistance League of Yuma, and St. Francis of Assisi Church. He was also a 20-year 4-H leader for the Yuma Mesa Jackrabbits. He had an attitude of gratitude and, above all, he loved his family. Steve is survived by his son, Stephen Edward (Mary Ann); daughters Marilyn (Peter Woods) and Gayle (Rick Cassidy); grandchildren Meghann Flood Kahabka (Cory Kahabka), Stephen Brandon Flood, Rebecca Woods Siesco (Aaric Siesco), Allison Woods, Sydney Woods, Carter Cassidy; great-grandchildren Ella Kahabka, Lucas Siesco and Jason Siesco; toy poodles Gaby and Mitsy. The family will hold a private celebration of his life. Many thanks to Leticia Perez, his caregiver during the final months of his life

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Isabel Nunez and Family

February 5, 2013

So sorry for you loss....Izzy knew Mr. Flood since he arrived to the states in the late fifties.... as a neighbor and date pioneer he was a great contribution to the Bard Area throughout his lifetime...

Roger Jacobs

February 3, 2013

I was the Agricultural Inspector for Imperial County and called on Mr. Flood.
He was always cordial to me and interested in the Date business.
I was interested in his P38 stories.

February 1, 2013

I never knew Mr. Flood growing up, even though they lived just around the corner from us.But Mrs. Flood was my 3rd grade teacher and then many years ago,they started bringing their dogs to our grooming shop to be groomed.I was so fortunate to be able to see Mrs. Flood for a few years before she passed.Often I"d deliver the dogs to her because Mr Flood worked so hard.I enjoyed being able to visit with her.Then I got to know Mr. Flood after her passing.He was one of the nicest men I have ever known, and I"m going to miss him very much. Rest in peace sir, I will never forget you. Sherri Helm,Waggin West Kennels

February 1, 2013

Thoughts of sympathy go forward to all those whose lives he warmly enriched. Let your fond memories and your Faith embrace you, and comfort your hearts.

February 1, 2013

May the special memories that you hold bring you joy and comfort as you celebrate this life well lived.

January 31, 2013

Stephen I am soory to hear about your dad's passing .You and I used to work together at Bekins about forty year ago
My condolences to you all Blas and Lila Cavazos

January 30, 2013

To the Woods and Flood families,,,we will always remember how Mr Flood was happy and smiling....we were very sad to hear his passing,,,,,,,

FROM THE FAMILY