Douglas B. "Buzz" Bradshaw, 101
Posted on November 15, 2011 by
KETCHUM, Ind.-Douglas B. "Buzz" Bradshaw, founder of housewares company Bradshaw International, passed away on Nov. 7 at his home here, just two months before celebrating his 102nd birthday.
Bradshaw was born to a beekeeping family on Jan. 6, 1910, in Payette, ID. He graduated from Stanford University's School of Business in 1933 with a degree in business and economics. He then returned to Idaho to join the family's newly formed honey-producing company, R. D. Bradshaw & Sons.
Bradshaw created the 3 Bears and Spun Honey brands, with distribution in supermarket chains throughout the West and Midwest. The family sold its honey business in 1964. Two years later, Buzz and his two sons purchased the Ray Wells Food Brokerage Co. in Los Angeles and renamed it Bradshaw Incorporated and built it into a major food brokerage firm. The family sold that business in 1997 to focus on its other enterprises, including kitchenware company Bradshaw International.
As he approached his 90th birthday, Buzz wrote a book detailing the Bradshaw story, "Ninety-five Years and Beyond: The Bradshaw Story." Each family member received a copy at Christmas that year, and the book was also donated to the Ketchum Community Library's regional history collection.
Bradshaw is survived by Myrle, his wife of 77 years, his sons Doug and Ben, and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held today at St. Thomas Episcopal Church here. At a later date, a celebration of Bradshaw's life will be held in southern California.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in the memory of Bradshaw be made to any of three organizations: Hospice and Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley (Box 4320/Ketchum), St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center (100 Hospital Drive/Ketchum) or St. Thomas Episcopal Church (Box 1070/Sun Valley).