Son of Alice Dearborn and Roland Moore Seaton, Hugh was born and raised in Santa Rosa. A graduate of Santa Rosa High School, he briefly attended Santa Rosa Junior College before entering Kings Point Maritime Academy in New York. After graduation from Kings Point, Hugh served as an Ensign on Liberty Ships during World War II. After the war, Hugh returned home to Santa Rosa and worked for General Mills as a sales representative for many years. In 1965 Hugh and his wife, Ruth, bought property on West Dry Creek Rd. and began a new career in farming. At first the property was a mix of prunes, pears, and grapes but over the years through hard work and perseverance, the prunes and pears were slowly replaced by vines. Today the 27 acres of grapes include 14 acres of gold medal winning Zinfandel. Hugh had a strong work ethic. Over the years he built three homes for the family, doing all phases of the construction, except for the masonry. He also managed to build a ski boat and an early stereo system. Hugh always enjoyed people and had a playful sense of humor. He was very generous and was always giving fruits or vegetables from the ranch to friends and relatives. Hugh and Ruth enjoyed traveling and saw most of the US in their travel trailer. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ruth, his son Buzz (Sally), his three grandchildren, Amy Chiurco (Luke), Heather Cromie (Ryan), and Lauren Seaton. He is also survived by three great grandchildren, Savannah Cromie, four years, Cash Cromie five months, and Lucia Chiurco, four months. A small family gathering to celebrate Hugh’s life is being planned.
Published Online in the Press Democrat from Apr. 1 to Apr. 2, 2012.
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