The Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce has selected Bruce Hauber, Unit Director for JR Simplot Food Division, as grand marshal for the Aberdeen Daze parade. The chamber is honoring the JR Simplot Company for everything they have done for the Aberdeen area over the many years in Aberdeen.
Bruce Hauber, 61, was born in eastern Washington. He graduated from Washington State University with a business management degree. He has lived in Southeast Idaho for 29 years and has worked in the French fry industry for 37 years. He started in 1976 with Lamb Weston. In 1994 he went to work for the JR Simplot Company at the Aberdeen facility as Production Manager. In 1999 he was transferred to the Heyburn facility as Operations Manager and in 2001 was promoted to Unit Director. In 2003 he returned to Aberdeen as Unit Director.
He and his wife, Alida, have been married for 31 years and have raised three daughters (Elva, Jessica and Sarah) and one son (Jeremy). They have three grandsons, Devin, Carson and Oliver.
Hauber has been involved in various organizations. Part of his community service has included a term as an American Falls city council member, a former member of Rotary, 13 years as an American Falls School Board Trustee, currently serving as chairperson, various stints of helping youth sports programs and he has been an active participant in Relay for Life.
“When we first came to Idaho, I told my wife we would be here for five years. Five has become 29 and Idaho has become our home. We enjoy golfing, camping and traveling to see our grandkids,” Hauber said.
“During my work career with the JR Simplot Company I have been able to help them support many local activities and projects through donations of money, time and labor. The Aberdeen facility has an excellent and caring workforce and we are honored to be selected by the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce to be honored during this year’s Aberdeen Daze celebration.”
The parade will begin at 1 p.m., starting at the high school, traveling through an area of the city, along Main Street and back to the school.