2018 Grand Marshal Dave & Sue DeRose

Life in Springville began for Dave and Sue in July of 1976 when Dave became herdsman on the Sequoia Ranch owned by Bruce and Eleanor Borror. Raising their family and being active in the Community has been a wonderful and gratifying experience for them.

Dave was born in Hanford, CA. in 1948 to the parents of Joe and Mary DeRose. He was raised on the family dairy, and was the oldest of 4 siblings. He attended Hanford High School where he was on a state champion Livestock Judging team and a state champion Meats judging team. He then went on to further his education at Cal Poly in Animal Science.

Sue was born in Burlingame, CA in 1948 to the parents of Richard and Grace Pilliod and older brother Richard Jr. Growing up 4-H was a very important part of Sue’s childhood. Sue attended Woodside High School and was active in a capella choir, synchronized swimming and student government. She also went on to Cal Poly where she majored in Animal Science.

During winter quarter of 1968 Dave and Sue were both taking a class in Forage Crops. During this class they had a lab project in which they were partners. That partnership lead to their marriage in June of 1969 and has been going strong ever since.

After graduating from Cal Poly in 1970, Dave got a job working on an Angus cattle ranch in Live Oak, CA. Dave decided to make the move into Ag Teaching and took a position at Woodlake High School in 1972. Sue was also hired as a teacher’s aide and worked part-time in the office too. Dave coached livestock, horse and citrus judging teams.

While in Woodlake their first son, Bryan, was born in 1974. When their second son, Chad, was on the way Dave and Sue stopped by to visit with Bruce Borror on their way home from their friends cabin in Doyle Springs. While visiting Bruce asked Dave when he was going to come join him at the ranch. As much as Dave loved working with the his Ag kids he had really been missing working with the cattle on the ranch. So it didn’t take him long to say “I’d love too!”

When Chad was 9 days old the family moved up to Springville to live on the Sequoia Ranch. The Borror family has been such a wonderful family to be associated with; Bruce treated Dave like a son. Bruce brought Dave into the Springville Lions Club where they continued to share their friendship, as well as, commitment to support the community.

In September 1978, Sue and Dave completed their family with the birth of their son Nicholas. Sue was the founder in 1979 of the Springville Junior Women’s Club, now known as Springville Women’s Club.

In 1985 Sue was offered a first grade teaching position at Strathmore Elementary School. Teaching just fit perfectly for her. In 1989 she was hired for a teaching position at Springville Elementary and taught for 22 years. Sue retired in 2011, but continues to work at school as a consultant.

Today Dave continues to work on the ranch with Bruce’s son Bryan Borror. Although their boys have all grownup and moved away, they enjoy coming back for family gatherings in Springville where their 6 grandchildren can experience “life on the ranch.”