CA: California Dairyman Bill Ahlem Was National Leader

William Roy “Bill” Ahlem, Jr. died Aug. 23 in Turlock, Calif., at the age of 74. He was a third-generation dairyman and throughout his life, he made a great contribution to the dairy industry both locally and nationally. He attended Hilmar schools and later graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Dairy Science.

Returning to the farm, he became very active on the boards of several local, state and national organizations. He served on both the California and American Farm Bureau Board of Directors and served six years on the Board of Directors of Western United Dairymen, California’s largest dairy producer organization. He also served as Chairman of the National Dairy Board.

Bill was always active in his local community and served on the foundation board of California State University, Stanislaus for many years as well as the Emanuel Medical Center Board. He also served 12 years on the board of the Hilmar Unified School District. He was a lifelong member of Hilmar Covenant Church.


Bill was preceded in death by a daughter, Adrienne Allison, and a son, Matthew Scott.

He leaves his wife of 48 years, Carolyn Scott, and two adopted sons, Sabino Ahlem Herrera (Lindsey) and Roger Ahlem Herrera (Teresa) who continue to manage the dairy business.

Happily, these sons have given Bill and Carolyn five granddaughters. Four siblings also survive Bill.