Celebrating Hayden Bush: 2024 June Dairy Parade Grand Marshal

A Lifetime of Passion for the Dairy Industry Transformed into a Commitment to its FutureVitality for Generations to Come

Written by: Renee Aufdermauer – Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce

Congratulations to Hayden Bush on being selected as the 2024 June Dairy Parade Grand Marshal! Hayden is a dedicated advocate for the dairy and agricultural industries, a passion deeply rooted in his upbringing on a family-owned dairy farm in Tillamook. From a young age, Hayden was immersed in the daily operations of farm life, fostering a strong connection to agriculture and a profound appreciation for the hard work it entails.

As an adult, Hayden channels this passion into various community initiatives, striving to give back to the community that shaped him. He is one of the Agricultural Science & Industrial Technology Instructors and FFA Advisors at Tillamook High School, helping students gain valuable skills for their futures while engaging them in agricultural topics. Hayden has coached multiple FFA Dairy Cattle Evaluation Teams to state-winning titles and notable national placements. He also works closely with local 4-H and FFA members, offering guidance to help them improve their dairy projects. Committed to ensuring the vitality and sustainability of the dairy industry for future generations, Hayden is devoted to bettering the Tillamook community that he loves.

Hayden is a third-generation dairy farmer who grew up on his family’s dairy farm, Gypo Jerseys, in Tillamook, Oregon. He is the son of Mike and Lori Bush. A 2010 graduate of Tillamook High School, Hayden went on to earn a Master of Science in Agricultural Education from Oregon State University. During his college years, he was an active member of the dairy club and came home every weekend to help run the family farm. Hayden and his wife Brooklyn, who are both agricultural educators at Tillamook High School, are co-advisors of the FFA chapter, forming a dynamic duo passionate about developing the next generation of dairy farmers and agriculturalists.

In 2021, he was recognized with the Outstanding Early Career Teacher Award, which acknowledges innovative early-career teachers with exceptional professional records. Under his mentorship, the Tillamook FFA chapter has achieved many successful years in dairy cattle evaluation, with teams consistently placing in top ranks at state-level competitions and attending nationals. Additionally, Hayden serves as a board member of the Oregon FFA Foundation.

Hayden’s engagement with the Tillamook community is evident from his continued dedication to both education and agriculture. Join us in celebrating Hayden Bush at the June Dairy Parade as we honor his contributions and enjoy the festivities. Don’t miss out on the fun and excitement on June 22 in Downtown Tillamook as we come together to celebrate our community!

*Information in this article was supplied from the nomination form and other sources.


June Dairy Parade Route

The June Dairy Parade is set for June 22nd, 2024! Start time is 11am, road closures will begin around 10:45am.

The parade route is marked in orange on the map below:

Grab your seat early – and don’t forget to stop by the Tillamook Farmers Market while you’re out and about – Enjoy!


From Third Generation Dairy Farmers to the 66th Annual June Dairy Parade Grand Marshals; Congratulations Don and Desi Josi 

June 23rd, 2023

By Jessica Meyer; Director of Operations

The 66th annual June Dairy Parade is set to honor Tillamook locals Don and Desi Josi, of Wilsonview Dairy, as this year’s Grand Marshals. Being named Grand Marshal of the June Dairy Parade is a significant honor, reserved for individual(s) who have made notable contributions to the dairy industry and their community. This year’s parade will take place June 24th, 2023 at 11am.

The Josi family has been farming at Wilsonview Dairy in Tillamook, Oregon for generations. Originally from Switzerland, the Josi family emigrated to Tillamook in 1912 and started their dairy farm along the Wilson River Valley. Since then, their Century Farm, Wilsonview Dairy, has remained in the Josi family with Don and Desi Josi being the third generation. In Don’s lifetime the farm has grown from 65 acres to 450 acres.

Don and Desi Josi married in 1977, and built a wonderful family of their own. Their children, Denise, Donald, and Derrick, now grown with children of their own, have carried on their families farming traditions. Through gardening, organic vegetable farming, and the continuation of dairy farming at the family’s Century Farm, Wilsonview Dairy and beyond at Josi Farms, the Josi family continues to grow their family roots where ever they are planted.

Don holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dairy Science from Oregon State University. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Tillamook County Creamery Association and has been a member of the Alderbrook Golf Men’s League for several decades. In his free time, he enjoys fishing and is a loyal fan of OSU football and baseball. Undoubtedly, Don loves seeing his family grow both generationally and within the industry.

Desi has spent 45 years as a 4-H leader for the Fairview 4-H Club. The club is revered as one of the pioneer 4-H clubs in Tillamook, with more than 110 years of continuous activity and membership. Additionally, it holds a unique connection to the generational ties of the Josi family; for over 100 years, a member of the Josi family has led this 4-H club. Desi is a proud FFA Advocate who held the title of Tillamook FFA Chapter President while in high school and was one of the first women allowed in FFA. She is also a woman of many talents, including quilting, having quilted over a dozen quilts for retiring Tillamook Dairy Princesses. Apart from being a devoted grandmother, she enjoys gardening and traveling.

Don and Desi have focused heavily on the promotion of Jersey Cattle over the years and have been devoted to serving their fellow farmers during this time. Through their efforts, they have increased promotion and communication within the industry even traveling near and far to conferences and Jersey shows to educate farmers. In 2020, Don and Desi Josi were honored by the American Jersey Cattle Association with the prestigious Master Breeder Award.  According to [usjersey.com](http://usjersey.com), “The Master Breeder Award is bestowed annually upon a living AJCA member, family, partnership, or corporation, who, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, has bred outstanding animals for many years and thereby has made a notable contribution to the advancement of the Jersey breed in the United States.” This award further validates their aptitude for breeding Jersey cattle and their devotion to improving purebred Jerseys through thoughtful consideration of pedigrees and bloodlines.There is no doubt that Don and Desi Josi have developed and cultivated some of the best Jersey cattle in the world.

Every year Grand Marshal nominations that are submitted must qualify by meeting the following criteria: affiliation with the dairy industry and a history as a community leader and volunteer. It is safe to say that without question, Don and Desi Josi exemplify those qualifications for the honor of Grand Marshal. Both Don and Desi Josi have made significant contributions to their community over the years, and it is with great honor that they are being recognized as Grand Marshals for the 66th annual June Dairy Parade.

Congratulations, Don and Desi Josi!


Photography by: Jessica Meyer

Information in this article was supplied from the nomination form and other sources.