Former Humboldt Crabs president Ruff dies


ARCATA, Ca (KIEM)-Former Humboldt Crabs president Bill Ruff passed away on Christmas day. Ruff served as team president from 2017 until this past summer.

He was a fixture at the Arcata Ballpark and enjoyed meeting fans and talking baseball.

“Bill loved being at the ballpark and getting to know Crabs fans,” current president David Sharp said upon hearing of Ruff’s passing. “From learning what year fans first started attending games to what kept them coming back, hearing fans’ personal stories gave him great joy. Bill was determined to provide an exceptional fan experience for first-time Crabs fans and for our long-time loyal fans to keep everyone coming back year after year. We’ll miss his presence at the ballpark, but we’re dedicated to keeping his passionate commitment to our fans.”

Ruff was also a longtime member of the Humboldt County Board of Education. He joined the Board of Education in December 2001, and was still an active member of the Board at the time of his death.

“If you were fortunate enough to have met Bill, you will quickly remember his incredible personality and strong sense of humor,” said Humboldt County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Chris Hartley. “I consider Bill a mentor and have always been rejuvenated by his positive outlook and steadfast commitment to thinking of our children and community first.”

A potluck celebration of life will be held at the Sequoia Conference Center on Sunday, January 5 at 2pm.