Tommy (Tom) Darrell Henderson

Tom Henderson passed away peacefully on August 25, 2022.

Tom was born December 13, 1941, in Porterville California to LaHoma Henderson. Tom graduated from Porterville High School in 1960 and Porterville Junior College in 1962 with a Business Degree. Tern was a member of the Rodeo Cowboys Association (RIBA) from 1961-1970 competing in bull riding, barback riding and saddle bronc riding. Tom married his high school sweetheart Shirley in April 1964.

In 1970 he went to work for Sears Roebuck & Company as a Manager in Porterville. His job as Sears Manager took him to Apple Valley California and Twenty-Nine Palms California until 1976 when he moved his family to Susanville California. Tom managed the Susanville store until 1982.

Tom was the Lassen County Fair Manager from 1984 to 1999 and was a past member of the Lassen County Sheriff's Posse. Tom rode is trusty Morgan horse Thunder in many fair parades with the Sheriff's Posse and enjoyed team roping

Tom and his wife Shirley owned and operated the Early Bird Café in Johnstonville.

Tom could be found every morning behind the grill cooking breakfast for everyone and enjoying good conversation with the customers. After the restaurant closed, Tom went to work for the Lunsford Family at Susanville Motors as the Finance Manager until his retirement. During his retirement, Tom enjoyed playing golf with his buddies.

Tom was preceded in death by his wife Shirley. Tom is survived by his daughter and son- in-law Deborah and Terry Savage of Standish, granddaughter Melissa Swartz of Susanville, grandson Tom Savage of Phoenix Arizona and great granddaughters Tristan, Kyria and Chantilly. Funeral services will be held Monday September 19, 2022 at Diamond Crest Cemetery at 10am


Diamond Crest Cemetery
Diamond Crest Cemetery
Susanville, CA 96130